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Grant Richard Runyard

May 31, 1936 March 31, 2018
Grant Richard Runyard
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Obituary for Grant Richard Runyard

Winnebago – Grant Richard Runyard, 81, lifelong resident of Winnebago, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born May 31, 1936 in Rockford the son of Ivan Moore and Olive “Ollie” Maxine (Kinnamon) Runyard. Runyard Street in Winnebago was named to honor the Runyard’s as one of the first families to settle in Winnebago. Graduated from Winnebago High School in 1954 where he played football, basketball, baseball, ran track and was the senior class president. He received a basketball scholarship from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA. Grant married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Rosemary Virginia Pelley on December 31, 1955 at the Seward Congregational Church. Grant was a circulation manager for the Rockford Register Star and cost accountant for Illinois Water Treatment in Rockford until retiring. He enjoyed playing sports, fishing, hunting and bowling including a 300 game. He took great pleasure in attending his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events and activities. He and Rosemary rarely missed a game. Grant was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

Grant was extremely loved by his wife of over 62 years, Rosemary Runyard of Winnebago; three children, Debra (Brian) Richter of Winnebago, Brad (Karen) Runyard of Byron, Karen (Mark) Manalli of Byron; grandchildren, Michael Runyard, Brandon Dunnavan, Jessica (Jared) Brown, Brett (Rachel) Runyard, Kelli (Steve) Pope, Nicole Richter, Derek Richter, Jake Manalli, McKenna Manalli; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Lila (Charles) Behmer of Durand; several nephews and nieces.

Grant is predeceased by his parents.

A Celebration of Grant’s Life will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago with Pastor Carroll Smith of the First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago officiating. Interment at Winnebago Cemetery near Winnebago. Visitation 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established. For an online obituary and tributes go to www.genandtfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Thursday

5

Apr

4:00 PM 4/5/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/5/2018 7:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Celebration of Life

Friday

6

Apr

10:00 AM 4/6/2018 10:00:00 AM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Winnebago Cemetery Final Resting Place

Westfield Rd.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Westfield Rd. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.

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