302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

John C. Runkle, Jr.

John C. Runkle, Jr. passed away on September 7, 2019 at his home in Maris Grove.

Born in Philadelphia in June 1928, Jack was the son of the Rev. John C. and Dorothy Runkle. He spent his childhood years on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. After graduating from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served on the Aleutian Islands at the end of WWII and, again, six years later in Washington, DC during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1952, and received an MBA in 1956. After 30 years with the DuPont Company, he returned to school and received an MALS degree in 1994. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at the U of D and always looked forward to seeing his brothers at their annual Christmas luncheon.

He was a long-time member of the Cathedral Church of St. John. He loved his daughters, reading, history, big band music, UD football and his beloved dog, Kisser.

Jack was predeceased by his brother Pete, an infant daughter Anne, and sister-in-law Betty Jo Grier. He is survived by his wife Jane Banks Runkle; daughters Jennifer Gaver of Athens, GA and Carolyn Runkle of Linwood, NJ; grandchildren John and Annie Gaver; and sister-in-law Ann Runkle of Richmond, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maris Grove Resident Care Fund, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA 19342.

Funeral Services

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday September 14, 2019 in the Maris Grove Chapel.


    Madalyn Schultz Petit writes,
    Dear Jane, I send my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. I shall keep you and your family in my prayers. From Madalyn, former Tower Hill School Nurse and mother of Carolyn Schultz
    09/10/2019 10:13 am
    Betty Petrowsky writes,
    RIP Jack. I thoroughly enjoyed the years I worked for you at Du Pont. You were definitely into thought provoking conversations and they were truly interesting. Betty
    09/10/2019 10:19 am
    Marjorie Krouse writes,
    Sorry to hear about Jack. My memory goes way back of the two of you. I lost Bob about a year and a half ago.
    09/10/2019 10:39 am
    Ram N Chandra K Agrawal writes,
    We were neighbors of Jack and Jane for a number of years. We could not have asked for better neighbors. Jack was spontaneously friendly. We remember him sitting on his porch with his favorite "kisser" by his side who looked at his master with longing eyes. We will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.
    09/10/2019 01:30 pm
    Susan Borden writes,
    Dear Jane: we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with sincere caring thoughts. Susan Borden, Katie and our family
    09/11/2019 09:13 pm
    Jack Loose writes,
    Dear Jayne, So sorry about the loss of your beloved Jack. I always think of him as a super smart fraternity brother with a wonderful sense of humor. I'm glad you have your family to support you in this difficult time.
    09/16/2019 02:06 am

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