Donald J. Runyan

Hale, Michigan
May 12, 1947 - February 23, 2020

Obituary Notice

Donald J. Runyan, age 72 of Hale, passed away following a brief illness on February 23, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife Brenda, devoted son Jason, wife Mandy and 3 beautiful granddaughters, Winter, Gabriell and Courtney. Sister; Kris (Louis) McCray.

Mr. Runyan was preceded in death by his sister; Joanne.

Don was born to the late Wesley and Wanda (Greve) Runyan on May 12, 1947 in Omer, MI. He worked for Bunting Sand and Gravel, in West Branch, for 40 years as a heavy equipment operator. He loved his job and the people he worked with. He supposedly retired in 2018, but never really did. He loved to golf, especially if playing against his buddy Bruce and friends at the WB Country Club or the Dream. He loved spending time with family, especially his son, granddaughters and close friends Bruce and Penny. He loved to travel, and always looked forward to spending a few weeks in Florida during the cold months in Michigan. He liked to tinker with his old John Deere tractor and spent many hours on his hunting property planting stuff. He loved sports and enjoyed going to Pistons and Lions games, no matter how badly they played, with family. He was a veteran, serving in the Viet Nam war and was honorably discharged in 1968. He was a member of the American Legion and was a member of the Plainfield Township Fire Department for many years.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends.

Cremation has taken place. A private burial of Don’s cremated remains will take place this spring at Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery.


Contributions may be made in Don’s memory to the American Heart Association (


Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery


Prayers for Don's family an his sister Kris on your loss .God is with you all.
Know Kris from Hale Hardware an NAFCU
— Eileen M Castonguay-Kindell
Dear Brenda and family I know how hard this time is for all of you. I have only good memories of Don. He always smiled and was so friendly to everyone. Love to all Darlene (Eno) Westbrook
— Darlene Westbrook
Dear Brenda, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Out prayers go to you and your son and his family. We are greatful for the nice memories we have.
— Lee(Greve) and John Sayer
Brenda, we were so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
— Chuck & Dolly Millard
Sorry for your loss.
— Deb & Rhonda
Dear Brenda and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Don always had a big smile for everyone he met.
Sincerely, the American Legion Post 422 and the Legion Auxiliary.
— Marlene Noll Polishak
Sorry for your loss Brenda.
— Jan and Mike McKinnon
Brenda, Ron and I send our condolences. Our prayers for strength are with you at this trying time.
— Debby Slater
Dear Brenda, I am so sad to hear of Don's passing. He was one of the good guys with a smile for everyone. I will always keep in my heart our school days and most of all the fun times we all had in our early married days at Loon Lake. I am praying for comfort and peace for you in this difficult time. I'm so glad that Penny and Bruce were with you in Florida, as I know you are great friends and they would be such a comfort. Keep smiling Brenda. Sending lots of love and big hugs to you and Kristi, too. Sandi
— Sandra HELMS

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