He was born Feb. 16, 1916 in Hendricks County to Samuel G. Runion and Nora Florence Scott Runion. Growing up during the Great Depression, he worked in several professions from working on a farm, assisting a physician, working in a pharmacy, trapping for animal pelts, and as a chef at the Adobe Inn in Crawfordsville. After the Depression, he worked for over 40 years as a layout designer for RR Donnelley and Sons of Crawfordsville.
With a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, he had a long and full life, which included his volunteer work as managing editor for the "Baptist Newsette" newsletter for many years. He also had a career in broadcasting for WBBM radio in Crawfordsville.
In his spare time he grew orchids, and was a master gardener. In retirement he moved to Largo, Fla. to fulfill a lifelong dream of growing oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other tropical treasures, literally right outside his door.
A quiet man of strong conviction, he was active for over 30 years as a deacon for the First Baptist Church of Crawfordsville, and later as treasurer for 15 years at the First Christian Church in Seminole, Fla., serving as its building committee chairman. A Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years, he practiced his Christian faith daily.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Geraldine Clark Runion, originally from Fillmore; one brother, Norman Runion of Glendora, Calif.; and one sister, Elizabeth Lewellen of Augusta, Ga.
A loving and generous father and grandfather, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Claudette Edwards and husband Phillip of Terre Haute; one son, Kevin L. Runion and wife Emily of Terre Haute; four grandchildren, Jonathan Edwards of Mentor, Ohio (Anita), Jennifer Edwards Salemme (David) of Indianapolis, Matthew C. Runion (Kim) of Seattle, Wash., and Michael Scott Runion of Evansville; three great-grandchildren, Alex and Haley of Mentor, Ohio, Sullivan Salemme of Indianapolis; one step great-grandson Coty of Seattle, Wash.; and four very important people in his life, Brandie, Areal, Tatum, and Gavin McClamroch, all of Evansville.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, with burial to follow at New Providence Cemetery in Putnam County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lloyd S. Runion Memorial Fund in care of First Baptist Church, 4701 Poplar Dr., Terre Haute, IN 47803.
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