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William (Bill) Runyon, aged 94, died peacefully July 27, 2018 at home in Tooele, Utah.
Bill was born on March 26, 1924 in East Moline Illinois, the son of Calvin Runyon and Lucy Canfield. While attending East Moline High School he was a 3 sport star, and attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa on a football scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry and began working as a drug salesman after the war. Bill enjoyed nothing more than being with family and friends. He loved spending time talking politics, fishing, sailing and sharing stories with anyone who would listen. He was a caring, loving man who was willing to do whatever was needed to care for his family. He proudly served his country during both WWII and Korean wars. He served as a communications specialist on a submarine.
In 1947 he married the love of his life and soulmate, Jackie Runyon. They were married for 70 years and were able to enjoy renewing their wedding vows during the celebration. This became a highlight of their years together. Jackie passed away just days after the event and Bill was heartbroken and looked forward to their reunion in heaven.
The two raised their family in the Midwest, living in East Moline, Ottawa, and Pekin, Illinois, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. They finally retired to Lake Havasu City, AZ in 1984 where they lived for 33 years. In 2017 they moved to Tooele Utah to be closer to family. Bill is survived by his oldest son William Runyon and wife, Gail of Atlanta, GA.; son Timothy Runyon and wife Ivonne of St Petersburg, FL.; daughter Patricia and husband Mickey Gartman of Phoenix, AZ; son Richard Runyon of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Mary McCawley of Phoenix, AZ; son Mark Runyon and wife Joni of Tooele, UT.; son Michael Runyon and wife Scarlet of Altus, OK. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and many other family and dear friends.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Jackie; baby son, Patrick; and grandson, Mark Halcomb. There will be a Memorial service to celebrate Bill's life on Monday August 13, 2018 at 6pm. Service will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship, 411 E Utah Ave. Tooele, Utah 84074 where Bill faithfully attended every Sunday.
A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Bill Runyon through New Life Christian Fellowship (nlot.org). The fund will be used to help underprivileged kids be able to go to youth Camps.