Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Franklin  Democrat, Friday, January 10, 1890 Volume XXX, Number 29
Page 1 column 4
          The numerous friends of  W. R. Runyon  will be pained to learn of his death that occurred last Sunday just as the winter sun was setting and his life’s sun as calmly.  He had been for the three years of his stay in St. Paul the bookkeeper and cashier of one of the largest wholesale grocery firms and so popular was he with them that his salary was continued after he was no longer able to attend his exacting duties.  And so popular was he in his home at St. Paul Park, ten miles from the city proper, that recently a concert was given for his benefit that realized $125.  It was my privilege yesterday to attend the burial services and as one of the pall bearers and personal friend took an interest in the occasion which was one of the rarest I ever witnessed.  The pastor, Rev. Mr. Covert, was a sincere friend of Mr. Runyon.  A minister of this city was present and another from Hastings and I never listened to more loyal, gracious, loving and encouraging words.  The deceased was one of the seven founders of the new Presbyterian church, was a trustee, ruling elder, treasurer and the superintendent of the Sunday school.  His energetic and blameless life and his faithfulness endeared him to all in the community and the edifice was filled while a trained choir sang as only such choirs can.  Mr. Runyon died as he lived, a devoted Christian, his last words,  “It is only a short ways over,”  symbolized his faith in God and the lesson of his life and death will not be lost in the community where he lived.  His wife is left with six children, one born since their removal here.
Note:  Date of death: 5 Jan 1890 Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

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