William Runyon

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William “Billy” L. Runyon, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2023, in Keosauqua, Iowa. Born on February 27, 1927, in Hillsboro, Iowa, Billy was known for his adventurous spirit, infectious humor, and unwavering love for his family.

Billy was the son of the late Rex Runyon and Fern Philips Runyon. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth Runyon, three sons Larry Runyon, Richard Runyon, and Robert Runyon, a grandson Eric Runyon, and one brother Milo Runyon.

A graduate of Hillsboro High School, Billy dedicated his life to farming row crops and livestock on the family farm. His passion for agriculture was matched only by his love for aviation. A licensed pilot, Billy owned his own Cessna plane and even built a hangar and runway on his farm. Known for his adventurous spirit, he delighted in performing stunts and buzzing people in his plane, much to their surprise and amusement.

In his free time, Billy enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. He was an avid jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, often spending hours piecing together intricate designs. His love for jokes and his ornery nature made him the life of any gathering, always leaving friends and family in stitches with his quick wit and humorous stories.

Billy’s legacy will be remembered through the lives of his surviving family members, who will carry on his love for adventure, humor, and dedication to family. His son Daryl (Dianne) Runyon, daughter Doris Carr, sister Ardyth (Bill) Newman, nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren will forever cherish the memories they shared with their funny, adventurous, and loving patriarch.

As we say goodbye to William “Billy” Lewis Runyon, we celebrate a life well-lived, filled with laughter, love, and adventure. His memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and his spirit will continue to inspire future generations to embrace life with humor, courage, and love.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2023 starting at 1:00 p.m. with the family present from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauaqua. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, IA. Memorials in Billy’s honor may be made to the Keosauqua Health Care Center or to the Hillsboro Cemetery Association and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 24342 170th St., Keosauqua, IA 52565. Friends may leave condolences online at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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