George William Runser Jr.
Passed away on April 26, 2021
George William Runser, Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 26th, 2021 at the age of 90.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to George William Runser, Sr. and Rachel Runser. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Alice McCausland of California. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia Runser; his daughter, Susan Wolf and her husband, Kevin of Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC; and nieces and nephews in California and Wisconsin.
George proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, stationed mainly in Texas and Germany.
He graduated from Steubenville High School in Ohio and attended Miami University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu; and graduated from The Ohio State University.
George spent his career in sales for the basic steel industry. He began with Wheeling Steel Corp. in 1958, and retired from LTV Steel in 1993.
Music played an important part in George's life. He started with piano lessons at age 6, and became a member of the Musicians Union at age 16, playing in dance halls and clubs. He enjoyed singing in various church choirs, as his career took him and Pat to homes in eight different states. One highlight of his musical life was singing with the Indianapolis, Ind. Symphonic Choir and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as they performed the Berlioz Requiem in Carnegie Hall, NYC, and The Kennedy Center in DC. George also sang with, and was President of, The Singing Christmas Tree in Charlotte, NC for several years.
Following retirement in New Bern, NC, George enjoyed playing golf as a member of the Emerald Golf Club. He was a volunteer at Carolina East Medical Center for 15 years; and sang with the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church for 19 years.
George's inurnment will be at Union Cemetery in Steubenville, OH at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church Foundation, PO Box 1069, New Bern, NC 28563-1069.