Roger Emerson Runkle (Bud), age 86, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in the Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, OH.
Born on May 22, 1935 in Springfield, OH, Bud was a son of Emerson H. (Bud) & Gladys Marie (Willmeth) Runkle.
Bud is survived by his son, Matthew & Glenda Runkle, his daughter, Deborah (Butch) Bailey, four grandchildren, Jeremiah, Adam, Leslie and Evan, four great grandchildren, and his sister and brother-in-law, Norma Jean (Gardner) and Terry James.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Jane Tilley and Carolyn (Toby) Bryant and long time friend, Etoile Evans.
Bud served in the US Army as a Tank Commander stationed in Germany. After serving in the Army, Bud took up farming and became a member of the Plumbers & Pipe fitters Union UA Local #776 in Lima, OH.
He was a collector of British motorcycles and was the President & Founder of West Ohio Britt Club. He raced pro ½ mile flat track for BSA in the early 70’s.
Respecting Bud’s wishes there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11:30 am in the Rosedale Cemetery, St Rt 235, Conover, OH with Reverend Greg Gardner officiating.
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