Bill D. Runkel, 86

Bill D. Runkel, 86, North Manchester, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Silver Lake, to Roy E. & Flossie A. (Rose) Runkel.  On Aug. 9, 1947, he married Jeanne Werking. 

Bill was a lifelong farmer and drove school bus for Manchester Community Schools and was a real estate agent.  He was a member of Missionary Church, North Manchesterand a former member of Lion's Club, North Manchester.

He was a youth group leader at Servia United Church of Christ and an avid square dancer and loved camping at Jellystone, Pierceton.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Runkel, North Manchester; three daughters, Vicki (Tom) Niccum, North Manchester, Dianne (Richard Jr.) Fox, Urbana and Debi (Steve) Vawter, North Manchester; a brother, Richard (Carolyn) Runkel, North Manchester; a sister-in-law, Roberta Runkel, North Manchester; five grandchildren, Chad Vawter, Josh Niccum, Erin Lang, Michael Fox and Zach Vawter; 12 great-grandchildren and was looking forward to the arrival of another great-grandchild in January. 

One brother, Rex Runkel, and two sisters, Ruth (Dick) Sands and Dorothy Benner, are deceased. 

Family & Friends may call Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.  Services Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.

Pastor Dan Binkley will officiate. Burial in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash, IN. 

For those who wish to honor the memory of Bill Runkel, memorial contributions may be made to North Manchester Missionary Church Building Fund, 806 East State Road 114, North Manchester, IN 46982.

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Posted on 2015 Nov 17