Helen I. Runyan

Hale, Michigan
June 11, 1930 - May 27, 2018


The visitation will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes, and on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 10-11 AM also at the funeral home.

Service Location

Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes


The funeral will take place on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11 AM at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes.

Obituary Notice

Helen I. Runyan, age 87, of Hale, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018. She was born on June 11, 1930 to the late William and Phoebe Robinson in Reno Township. On June 11, 1948 she married her sweetheart Basil Runyan, and except for 9 years in the Upper Peninsula, lived her entire life in Hale. She worked in many areas including telephone operator, waitress, librarian, teacher’s aide, nurse’s aide, Trio Council on Aging assistant, and business owner and operator of the Hale Elevator. She was a farmer from birth, and especially liked her sheep and horses. Helen enjoyed gardening, square dancing, sewing, baking, line dancing, quilting, knitting, writing, crocheting, reading and time with her family. She has won awards for her baking and sewing and has authored a children’s book.

Helen is survived by her children, Rick (Suzanne) Runyan of Hale, Peg Runyan of West Branch, and Brian Runyan of Hale; her brother, Kenneth Robinson of Midland, MI; her grandchildren, Carman Jensen, Belinda Mohr, Sarah Runyan, and Edward Runyan; her great grandchildren, Kaytlyn, Devin, and Chase; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Runyan, and her brothers, Edward and Robert Robinson.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4-8 PM at the Hale Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes. The funeral will take place at the Buresh Funeral Home on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11 Am with a visitation one hour prior. Rev. Sherry Parker-Lewis will officiate the service. Because of her love of animals, memorials may be made to the ARK wildlife animal rescue In Roscommon, MI. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Memorials may be made to the ARK wildlife animal rescue in Roscommon, MI


Reno Township Cemetery


Prayers for family of Helen I Runyan God bring comfort through this time of grief. Eileen Castonguay-Kindell ( of NAFCU)
— Eilern Castonguay-Kindell
I loved Aunt Helen’s voice, her laugh, her stories, and her raspberry pie! I will always treasure the Robinson history she compiled. I wish that my husband and I could be with the family at this time. Our hearts will be with you. We send our love from Florida.
— Cindy (Robinson) Stroud
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family! May God bring you comfort in this time of loss! God Bless you all!
— Carrie Shaffer
My love and prayers to you all. Grandma Helen was truly one of the very best!
— Becky Landis Tumminello
Peg thinking of you and all your family at this very sad time!
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all! Hugs!
— Christine Buckett
To my cousins Rick, Peg, and Brian, I am sorry for your loss. I have some nice memories of being at your mom and dad's house for play days (while the brothers Basil and Eugene chewed the fat) (circa mid 1960's). I sat next to your mom a few years back at another family function; we had a nice chat.
— Larry Runyan
My thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Us "city kids" always enjoyed visiting the farm and eating her home made farm cooking. I am always so proud of Aunt Helen and tell my friends that My Aunt was in the Ididarod! So cool and courageous she was. I have never met another woman as strong as she was (Except Grandma Phoebe). I will be thinking of you all on Thursday wishing I could be there.
— Laura Robinson-Driesenga
We are so sorry for your loss, and Pray God will bring comfort to all who loved her,
— Bill J Hart

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