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Dave Edmond Runyan

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Dave Edmond Runyan, 88, passed away at his home in Elephant Butte Jan. 22, 2008. Born in Carlsbad July 9, 1919, he was the son of Tom and Bonnie (Wilburn) Runyan.
Mr. Runyan was a rancher in the Peñasco Valley. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, he loved the land and was noted for his contributions to soil and water conservation. He loved to hunt, fish and travel. He was a Army veteran of World War II, an active Shriner and member of the Masonic Lodge of Artesia, a member of the Church at the Butte, and a member of the B.P.O Elk Lodge.
Mr. Runyan is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Woods Runyan, who died Sept. 28, 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jayne Runyan, of Elephant Butte; his son, Tom and wife Pam Runyan, of Mayhill; daughter Shirley Rich, of Albuquerque; sons Jack and wife Betty Myers, of Petal, Miss., and Tommy and wife Karen Myers, of Vicksburg, Miss.; grandchildren Charlotte Rich, Sarah Rich Jackson and husband Wesley, of Albuquerque, Amy Myers, of Petal, Miss., Seth and wife Sarah Myers, of Maryland; and two great-grandchildren, Oliver Henry Jackson, of Albuquerque, and Ashlyn Arnold of Petal, Miss.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia with Pastor Lyman Graham and the Artesia Masonic Lodge officiating. Serving as casket bearers are George Rich, Jim Runyan, Bill Runyan, T.J. Runyan, Charles McMath and Red Jones. Honorary casket bearers are Dale Burgett, Jack Myers, Tommy Myers, Wesley Jackson, Jim Ferrell, Tony Dorsey and Leo Gutierrez.
For those who prefer, memorials may be sent to the Ballut Abyad Shriners, Attn: Crippled Children's Hospital, 6600 Zuni, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home Inc., 303 N. Cedar St., T or C, NM.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 25 to Feb. 8, 2008
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