Lawrence E. “Larry” Runn

Services for Lawrence E. “Larry” Runn, 92, Lawrence, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Runn died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility.

Larry was born January 3, 1922, near Clay Center, KS, the son of Lars and Catherine (Bergquist) Runn. He graduated from Clay County high school in 1940 and then moved to Lawrence in September.

In 1942, he left to serve in the United States Army during World War II, and returned to Lawrence in 1947. In January, 1948, he, along with his brother, owned and operated Jayhawk Dry Cleaners for nearly 10 years. He then began a career in sales, working in the beauty supply industry and then insurance sales for American Republic Insurance until he retired in 1998.

His passions included building a boat, working on the family farm, and volunteering for the American Legion. Additionally, he was an avid follower of all Kansas University and Kansas City Sports.

Mr. Runn married Norma Joyce Fox on November 4, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

He is also survived by one daughter, Diane Kearns and husband Don of St. Augustine, FL; a granddaughter, Kristen Kearns of Overland Park, KS; and a grandson, Ryan Kearns of Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold Runn of Clay Center, KS and a sister, Linnea Mason, of Fairborn, OH.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2015 at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015.

The family suggests memorials to The American Legion and Grace Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Janice Lopez...

Norma an old friend worked with you at Blane & Jesse’s beauty salon. So sorry for your loss. Janice

From Nancy Smith...

Norma and Diane, So sorry for your loss. Enjoy your good memories. Love, Nancy

From Mary...

So sorry to hear of Larrys passing, he was a wonderful man, and great neighbor, the world will be a sadder place without him.
Prayers to Norma and the family.

Mary Pilch

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