Richard A. Runkle, Sr.
February 14, 1929 - January 27, 2015
Richard A. Runkle, age 85, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home while surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Born in Shamokin, PA on Valentine’s Day, 1929, Mr. Runkle was the son of the late Lewis Guy Runkle and Edna Marie (Eister) Runkle. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy. His military service included participating in Operation Highjump on the USS Philippine Sea and as a member of a scientific exploration team in the Antarctic under the command of Admiral Byrd. After his honorable discharge, Mr. Runkle would begin his career as an electrical engineer with the DuPont Company, retiring after 36 years of dedicated service.
A skilled pilot, his passion in life was aviation. Mr. Runkle built and maintained his own RV-7 airplane and also flew family and friends to various locales. In the mid 1960’s, he was a member of the Four Muskateers, an elite air show flying team. He shared his aviation skills with up and coming pilots by serving as a flight instructor with Atlantic Aviation. Mr. Runkle continued to actively fly until March of 2011.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, M. Fay Runkle and a son-in-law, Robert Galluci. He is survived by his children, Richard A. Runkle, Jr. (Carol) of Newark, DE, David Runkle (Barbara) of Landenburg, PA, Elaine Godwin (Kenny) of Newark, DE and Nancy Galluci of Chesapeake City, MD; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 Noon until 1 pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A committal service will follow at 2 pm in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Massey Air Museum, 33541 Maryland Line Road, Massey, MD 21650.
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