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John J. Runyan

John J. Runyan passed away surrounded by family on Oct. 14, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

John was born in a dugout on a homestead in Bacca County on Feb. 27, 1921, to John O. and Lydia C. Runyan. They moved to eastern Kansas in 1925. He went to school in Oil Valley and Russell, Kan.

John served in the U.S. Navy in 1942 in Dallas, serving three years and three months on the USS Cascade in the South Pacific during World War II.



John met Virginia McMillan in Eureka, Kan., and they married on May 30, 1946, in El Dorado, Kan. They had one daughter.

John and Virginia moved to Colorado in 1956 and then moved to Rifle in 1959. John worked as a driller in an oil field and later built and operated The Rifle Supper Club. Later he owned and operated Runyan Sand and Gravel. John loved his family and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends.



Survivors include his wife; daughter Miralee (Lin) Mead, of Azle, Texas; sisters Irene Brazeal, Peggy Brouillette and Kay Welch; grandchildren Cully (Didi) Bingham, Thad (Barb) Bingham, and Britte (Doug) Choate; and great-grandchildren Tommy, Brooke and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Dick Runyan.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jonnie Miller and the Rev. Paul Schell officiating.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.

Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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