Robert Henry Runge, age 84, of St. Peter, Illinois passed away at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
There will be a private family funeral service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter, Illinois. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery. There will be a drive by celebration of his life, Saturday September 19th, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Robert’s family farm in St. Peter, Illinois; please enter through the west driveway and exit through the east. The family would sincerely appreciate memorial donations over flowers; memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Debt Fund, St. Peter’s Lutheran School PTL, or the donor’s choice.
Robert was born on February 10, 1936 in St. Peter, Illinois, the son of Edward F. and Bertha O. (Grandt) Runge. He married Sandra L. Keller on June 29, 1957 in Effingham, Illinois. Robert served in the United States Army Reserve from 1957 to 1963. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Farina American Legion Post # 411. He enjoyed farming, tinkering, traveling the world, golfing, going to auctions, playing cards at the tavern, going to Emma and Jalynn’s volleyball games, and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Runge of St. Peter, Illinois; sons, Steven Runge (wife Whitney) of Decatur, Illinois and Matthew Runge (partner in crime Alana Mitchell) of St. Peter, Illinois; daughters, Becky Parker of Charleston, Illinois and Bobbi Hagen (husband Darrell) of Iola, Illinois; brother, Edward Runge (wife Pat) of College Station, Texas; sisters-in-law, Nancy Runge, Dorothy Runge, Linda Richey (husband Paul); 7 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Bertha Runge; one child in infancy; brothers, Clyde Runge, Wendell Runge, Calvin Runge, and Carl Runge in infancy; son-in-law, Barry Parker; one grandchild, Shad Parker; in-laws, Charles and Wilma Keller.
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