Charlton Runke
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Charlton RUNKE Charlton ("Charlie") Runke, 92, was found deceased at home September 13th by his good friend Chuck Larsen. Charlie was born to Rufus Runke and Ruth (Vollmer) December 11, 1917 in Richland Center Wisconsin. Charlie graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 with a degree in mechani cal engineering. He worked for General Electric at the Brooklyn Naval Ship Yard, Bath Iron Works, Bremerton Ship Yard, and Hanford Atomic Works. In the 1950's he worked at Boeing, then did engineering work for Rubens and Pratt, Crown Zeller bach, Concrete Technology and A. H. Lundberg. Through his friendships and work experiences Charlie discovered traveling as one of his favorite activities. Charlie was involved in many community activities including Shriners, Fauntleroy Church, High Point Pre School, Highland Park Improvement Club, South Seattle Community College and West Seattle Kiwanis, (where he was to be awarded Kiwanian of the year for 2010). He was a 32nd order Mason. Charlie met his first wife Agnes Etzweiler while attending the University of Wisconsin. They married in 1941, and she died in 1967. The family that Agnes gave him meant a great deal to Charlie. In 1969 Charlie married Genie Daily. Genie, who was a much appreciated traveling compan ion, recently passed away. Charlie is survived by children Peter (Debbie) Runke, Lisa (Dave) Davidson, stepson Ralph Dailey, sister Ruth Haucke of Plymouth, Wisconsin, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is prede ceased by sisters Gene Marie Waterston and Blanche Runke. Conversations with Charlie revealed a positive attitude, infectious smile and very active mind that friends found interest ing and informative. He will be missed by all who knew him. His memorial service is at 1:00 PM October 2nd at the Fauntle roy Church with reception to fol low. In lieu of flowers, please hon or Charlie's memory with a dona tion to the charity of your choice.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Sep. 26, 2010.
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October 1, 2010
As I was growing up and when Uncle Charlie and Aunt Genie visited the Byrnes family in upstate NY it was an exciting event. They would tell us stories of all of their travels around the world. Most exciting was when we received x-mas cards of a picture that was most special to both of them. I loved sharing all of this with them. Two of my most favorite people are now gone. You will both be missed. With Love and Special Memories, Your Niece, Kathy
Kathy Dority
September 30, 2010
To our (Great) Grandpa Runke, we say we love you and we will miss you. May you rest in peace. Until we meet again...

Rory, Rebekah, Kirkland and Campbell
Rebekah (Runke) Burrill
September 26, 2010
I remember Mr Runke growing up as a little boy, me and his daughter Ruth used to be playmates as little children. I had some many memories of Mr Runke, He taught me how to ride a bicycle, and the numerous times that we used to play in his wonderful garden of vegables, his raspberry garden we used to be there all summer long eating them up. He was a very loving man along with his first wife Agnes, I had so many memories to many to list. My dear friend you will be missed and someday i will see you again. My condolences go up to the children Peter And Ruth, may your dad rest in peace. old friend and neighbor Jim Raghianti
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