In Memory of

Curtis Clyde Runkle

June 21, 1921 - September 26, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Curtis Clyde Runkle

Curtis Clyde Runkle

Born: June 21, 1921
Died: September 26, 2019
Age: 98

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     Curtis Clyde Runkle, son of Clyde and Effie Mae Crawford, was born June 21, 1921 in Clay County, Iowa.  Curtis grew up in the Moneta area, graduating from Moneta High School in 1939.

     Curtis farmed until joining the Navy in 1942.  Curtis was a Pharmacist’s Mate and spent 18 months in Guam.  While there he helped build the largest hospital ever built overseas.  Their first patients were from Iwo Jima.  Curtis received an Honorable Discharge as a Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class in February 1946.

      Curtis married Betty Koehnk at the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly on January 25, 1948.  He was baptized and confirmed at the Hope Lutheran Church.

     Curtis was a farmer and a painter until 1964 when he became a full-time painter.  He took great pride and enjoyed the hiring and training of many fine young men from the Everly area who were working summers with Curtis to help pay their way through college.

     Curtis and Betty moved to Everly in 1964 and lived there until they moved to Spencer in 2007.  He enjoyed sports of all kinds and was a Hawkeye, Cubs and Twins fan.  Curtis golfed for 45 years in several leagues in Hartley.  He had two holes-in-one.

     Curtis was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on December 11, 2017; his beloved son, Tommy, aged 3 years and 9 months; his grandson, Jonathan James Wieseler on April 23, 2017; his parents; and his siblings: Francis, Russell, Lorraine Sommers and Nyla Christians.

     Left to cherish his memory are his daughters:  Linda Wieseler (Sioux City, IA) and Sharon VanderMeer (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); granddaughter, Jennifer Stokes (Sgt. Bluff, IA); great-grandchildren: Brittney Stokes and Zackary Stokes; sister-in-law, Alvena Koehnk; many other relatives and friends.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hope Lutheran Church, 206 N. Washington, P.O. Box 299, Everly, IA 51338.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, Iowa.
Pastor Dan Taylor
"How Great Thou Art"
"One Day At  A Time"
By Gary Klett
Organist, Cynthia Knapp
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa

Military Flag Presentation
American Legion Everett Boyles Jr. Post #414


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:02 AM
“Dear Sharon & Linda ~ my sincerest sympathy to you and your families. Your parents were such wonderful, kind people and I enjoyed my brief acquaintance with them. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Rita Nuebel
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“Sharon & Linda - so sorry for the loss of your gentleman father! He was so great fun for the both of you! I always enjoyed my visits with Curt about sports! I especially enjoyed his recollection of Moneta baseball days and his painting career! Beautiful stories! I loved it when he got out the Moneta/Everly year book! He was complimentary to everyone! God bless him & your family! Thank you for sharing him with me!
Ann Petersen”
- Ann Petersen
Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:32 AM
“Dear Sharon and fam, our condoleances. We think about you. ”
- Kees and Margriet kwanten
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Runkle family. Curt and Betty were long-time friends of our folks, and grandparents. Many wonderful memories of them! ”
- The Friedrichsen Family
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“Sharon, sending my sympathy on the loss of your father. ”
- Sherri (Adolf) Steffen
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:03 AM
“My condolences to Curt's family”
- Deb Wilcox
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