Funeral services for Mr. Russell Runkle, 93 of Hartley, formerly of Moneta, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at United Methodist Church in Hartley. Rev. Steve Campbell will officiate the service.
Interment will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.
Mr. Runkle passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.
Russell Crawford Runkle, the son of Clyde and Effie Mae Crawford Runkle, was born Oct. 21, 1917, in Dickinson County, Ia. He grew up in the Moneta area graduating from Moneta Community High School in 1935.
Russell married Fay Steuben on March 10, 1941. He lived and worked on the farm where he was raised, until retiring in 1978, when he moved to Hartley, Ia.
Russell enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling around the country, and dancing. He also enjoyed watching cattle auctions and he was an avid twins fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Effie Mae; his wife, Fay; a brother, Francis; and a sister, Lorraine Sommers.
Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters: Sally (Frank) DeKok of Primghar, Ia. and Geraldine (Gerry) Runkle of Spencer, Ia.; one grandson, Jeromy (Lindsay) DeKok of Sutherland, Ia.; two great-grandchildren, Jager and Hailee DeKok of Sutherland, Ia.; one brother, Curtis (Betty) Runkle of Spencer, Ia.; one sister, Nyla (Jim) Christians of Hot Springs, Ark.; two sisters-in-law: Marcella Runkle of Fulda, Minn. and Shirley Steuben of Spencer, Ia.; other relatives and many friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.