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Nelson Runger

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We were neighbors and friends for 40 years. Many of life's happenings have crossed our paths. All of Peggy and Nelson's friends couldn't wait for a birthday, anniversary, any occasion as cause for celebration, knowing it would be written into a poem by Nelson, often to the tune of a familiar lyric. Our lead singers were Peggy and Nelson. Warren and I think of Nelson as always having an infectious smile and kind words. His inquisitiveness showed care and concern for all.
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We enjoyed being a part of the Bridge Club, knowing next to “0” about bridge, which met once a month,. It was a special night out. The refreshments were super, the group patient and chatty.

As time brought on retirement, we would forgo bridge, going to see Nelson acting, singing and totally enjoying being on stage. Eventually the Bridge Club expired, but we remained friends. Nelson would write poems marking a special events and we still have and enjoy our poems. A chance to laugh...

Nelson was a good neighbor, fellow Church goer, and sometimes fellow commuter. BUT...Nelson was a particularly good boss as Public Relations Director Of New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. When I was a volunteer in Company Public Speaking Bureau While working in the Traffic Engineering Department, Nelson gave me good constructive criticism with my speaking and later arranged for me to be a fulltime speaker in Public Relations for three years, my most enjoyable time of my thirty-five year...

“In the beginning, was The Voice!” That's how Pastor Douglas Hoglund at the Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley, Pennsylvania, began his memorial remarks for Nelson Runger in early May, 2013. Nelson was and Peggy remains our very close friend, both socially and geographically: They lived just a five-minute walk away. We visited often, especially on Thanksgiving, when one of Nelson's assigned tasks was to provide a reading of the holiday-appropriate text that we had selected.

I have very warm, found memories of my uncle Nelson (Butch) The thing that stands out the most though is that he was one of the kindest hearted people I ever got to spend time with. He truly was a giving, loving individual. He enjoyed reading stories to my sister and I when we were young. He truly had a special gift and talent for reading out loud! My mum also has that gift :) I know that he is now God's Angel in charge of story telling :)

A classmate's classmate! Just to know Nels (and Peggy too) has been a continual pleasure. Our friendship grew over the years rather than having it fade as so often happens as we age. I believe this is due to the dynamic nature of Nels' personality and career development. His career never stopped developing as he branched out in later life. My wife and I have enjoyed his audio books. We have enjoyed his acting performances. We have enjoyed just talking with him over a beer at Reunions. ...

In to each life some rain must fall, but when Nels entered a room, it was always sunny. Who could forget the bad Irish jokes, the impromptu poetry, and spontaneous performances of the numerous parts he played in community theater.

Nels was still at NJ Bell when I met him as part of the Public Relations Society of America NJ Chapter. And, when he retired there I made it my mission to not let talent go to waste and put him to work part time in my own PR firm. He recited original...

I only became a friend of Nels after we graduated from Princeton, but in those following years, he and Peggy became folks it was always fun to be with. And, as an avid "reader" of audio books, Nels was far and away the best narrator who made them really come alive.

Obituary

Nelson's Obituary

Nelson Runger, 81, of Yardley, a celebrated audiobook narrator, died Sunday, April 7, at home of complications from prostate cancer.Born in Pittsburgh to Nelson and Charlotte Runger, he graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh in 1949 and cum laude from Princeton University in 1953,...

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