Leroy M. Runer, 88, Erie, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
He was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Iola to Cecil Runer and Zula Long Runer Scoville. He attended Iola Schools and graduated with the class of 1944.
While in high school, Leroy started working for MKT Railroad on a bridge gang. Later he became a clerk for MKT Railroad. He also worked for Beech Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft, and Hines Grain Elevator. Leroy retired from Foremost Foods March 31, 1985.
Leroy loved to travel. At a young age he hitchhiked across the United States and followed the wheat harvest. Leroy and his wife took a vacation every year with some of their fondest trips being to Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina, Yellowstone Park, and the Ozarks. His hobbies included fishing and watching television.
Leroy and Billie Walker were married Sept. 23, 1950, in Iola. She survives of the home. This past September they celebrated their 63rd anniversary. In addition to his wife, Billie, he is survived by a daughter, Brenda Harding, Erie, and a son, Herbert and his wife Sherry, Chanute. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Autumn Walters and husband Kurt, Heath Harding and wife Jennifer, Amber Vail and husband Kevin, all of Erie, and Andy Runer, Hiawatha; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and his Chihuahua “Tiny.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Sergeant Major Herbert R. Runer; and twin great-grandsons Gabriel Lee and Gavin John Runer. A graveside memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at East Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to either First Baptist Church of Erie or the Erie Public Library. They may be mailed to Bath Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Calvin C. Christy, 87, Le Roy, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Windsor Place in Iola.Calvin Curtis Christy, the son of Daniel Phillip and Emma Faye Lingenfelter Christy, was born Feb. 3, 1928, near Burlington. He graduated from Le Roy High School in 1945.On Aug. 8, 1948,... [More]
Amanda Mae Rose was born Feb. 22, 1982, in Iola, to Kandy O’Brien Womelsdorf and J.D. Rose.She was raised by Kandy and Kevin Womelsdorf, her “Daddy.”Amanda and Brandon Allen were so in love and they left this world together Saturday, July 25, 2015.She leaves... [More]
Ione Faye Gineste, 85, Gas, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola.Ione was born July 8, 1930, in Mapleton, the daughter of Newton G. and Lula Mae (Needham) Myrick. She graduated from Blue Mound High School in 1948 and Kansas City Secretarial... [More]
One bouquet after another flew Bill King’s way late Tuesday morning during a retirement reception for Allen County’s director of Public Works.Commissioners, in their adulation, decreed Tuesday Bill King Day in the county. Reality would be better served to say every... [More]
Bill King, in his last visit with Allen County commissioners as director of Public Works, proposed Monarch Cement Co. be permitted to have haul trucks carry shale through Humboldt.County planners recommended Thursday evening Monarch be given an exception from agricultural zoning... [More]
Thrive Allen County will host one of its most important community conversations to date on the evenings of Aug. 10 and 11 at B&W Trailer Hitches in Humboldt.For nearly a decade now, Thrive has accumulated a record of success in its efforts to improve the general health and... [More]
- Former Iolans killed in accident
- Council to discuss tougher cell phone rules
- Volunteers needed for meals programs
- County to provide meals
- City council to decide on one-ways, utility rates
- Search still on for kitchen site for meals
- SUMMERTIME TRADITION: Cool treats cap off games
- Commissioners OK changes to hospital demolition
The Sluggers, a 14-and-under traveling softball team comprised of players from Iola, Humboldt and Moran, brought home the OGSA Heartland World Series championship Sunday, but they did it the hard way. The Sluggers only lost once in the tournament, but it was in an early-round... [More]
The gravel from the Southwind Rail Trail tells a story with each crunch. Beneath the footsteps of Colby Works lies a rhythmic adventure, one too quick to keep up with but cadenced enough to follow.One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three.It’s a symphony never off... [More]