Edwin Runquist Jr

May 31, 1945November 2, 2018
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Edwin E. Runquist, Jr., 73, of Port Orchard, passed away at Harrison Hospital Bremerton. He was born on May 31, 1945 in Everett, WA to Edwin E. and Drucilla (Bain) Runquist. His family moved to SolieAvenue in East Bremerton when he was six years old. He attended school in East Bremerton and graduated from East High School in 1963. He graduated from University of Washington with a BS in computer science and analytical calculus. He served in the U.S. Navy, during the Viet Nam conflict, from 1968 to 1970 serving in Guam. He transferred from active duty to the Naval Reserves and served an additional 18 years, retiring in 1998. He worked for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a Human Resources Personnel Specialist and Supervisor for Human Resources Service Center, Silverdale from 1970 to 2009 as a Supervisor of their computer operations. He retired with 40 years of federal civil service.

In 1970, Ed met Judy Varney at work. It took him until New Year's Eve 1971, to work up the courage to ask her for a date; which he did over the office intercom. Judy said yes and he met her daughter, Lori Ann for the first time. They dated constantly until he asked Judy and Lori Ann to marry him. They married on May 31, 1972, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bremerton, WA.

He is survived by his loving wife, Judy; son, David of Port Orchard, his daughter, Lori Ann (Sandor) Maury of Texas; his brother, Lloyd (Linda) Runquist of Renton; his nephews, Eric, Brian, and Justin and his grandson, Gunnar Smith of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Joshua Smith.

He was a loving, caring man who was passionate about taking care of his family. Every day he showed his devotion by grocery shopping, cooking and running errands to make his family's life easier. His hobby was grocery shopping and he perfected the art of finding those hard to find items at the absolutely lowest price in Western Washington. When on vacation he visited any grocery store with a different name and frequently bought items that were new to him. He also enjoyed reading, bowling, golfing, fishing, vegetable gardening, and playing yard darts and cards. He was a remarkable man and will be missed greatly.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at Miller Woodlawn Funeral Home, 5505 Kitsap Way, Bremerton on November 11at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or South Kitsap Helpline.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 11, 2018

Edwin Runquist Jr

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Nancy Thompson (Nopp)

December 22, 2018

Judy, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I really do feel that Ed was one of the best "bosses", he taught me so many things that are truly important values. He was a very good person. You are all in my prayers.

Susan Evans

November 8, 2018

Ed was at the top of my list of favorite bosses - I called him "my second favorite Ed" (second only to my husband). He set an excellent example for me to follow as a supervisor.
He was a little slow to catch the joke when I submitted a letter to a job applicant denying consideration and pointing out that the applicant couldn't spell and showed no aptitude for the position. He looked relieved when I replaced it with the standard letter.
It was a pleasure to bump into him at Fred Meyer on a Thursday.

Maxine Tarver

November 7, 2018

Judy, having just run into Ed a couple weeks ago and having a wonderful conversation including pictures of your "new house in progress", I am completely in shock about hearing of Ed's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that I am thinking of you.