OBITUARY

Richard Everett Runyon

January 24, 1932August 19, 2020

Richard Everett Runyon of Fairfax Virginia, aged 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

He was born on Sunday, January 24, 1932 in Brooklyn New York, to Donald Mark Runyon and Blanche Faye Greene. Richard, and his younger brother James, spent their childhood in Corona NY, Shelton Connecticut, and eventually Bellmore NY. Playing the trombone led to his great appreciation and passion for music that followed him all his life. He graduated from Bellmore high school in 1949. He attended Bates College in Maine and New York University where he took a variety of liberal arts, science, and business courses. While attending NYU, he worked as a draftsman for Gibbs and Cox, Inc. to help design large passenger ships, and various other ships for the U.S. Navy. Because of the Korean War, he chose to enlist into the U.S. Navy, thus beginning his remarkable service and career. He served for 25 years as a Naval Aviator and travelled to many countries including Morocco, North Africa, where he met and eventually married Dona Jean Conklin. They had three children together, Ann Churchill, Richard Everett, Jr., and Averill Conklin. He was stationed in New York, Vietnam, Guam, Spain, and Washington D.C. at the Pentagon for DCA. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In Guam, he was assigned as Commanding Officer for Airborne Early Warning Squadron VW-1, which, under his leadership, was named the top squadron in the Western Pacific. He was very proud of this. In 1966 he was assigned to the Hurricane Hunter Commission where he charted weather patterns in places such as Florida, Jamaica, and Curacao. His wife, Dona Jean Conklin, passed away on April 8th, 1975.

He met Mary Lou Ladd Smith sometime later and they were married on July 17, 1976 in Washington, DC. With that union, Lynn Marie and William Mark were welcomed to the family. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1976 and worked for the private sector for TRW Inc., SBS, and Stanford Telecommunications, Inc., where he was contracted to work with NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Richard officially retired from work in 2004. He enjoyed retirement immensely. He and Mary Lou enjoyed extensive travel of the world and spending time with their family. He was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and contributed much support. He was a faithful servant to God. He was a fan of the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, wine making, swimming, and walking. He lived a very long and fulfilling life, loving and supporting his family, church, and friends.

He is preceded in death by Donald Mark Runyon, Blanche Faye Greene, Herbert Boschen, Alison Greene Runyon, Dona Jean Conklin, Jordan Ashley Springer, Gabriel William Maxwell, and many other extended family members and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Runyon, brother James C. Runyon (Evelyn), children Ann C. Runyon, Richard E. Runyon Jr (Sandi), Averill C. Springer (Scott), Lynn M. Maxwell (Steve), William M. Smith (Elizabeth), and grandchildren Jonathan R. Springer, Christina A. Springer, Emily A. Smith, Michael W. Smith, and many nieces, nephews, family members and cherished friends.

Private services to be held

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

In lieu of flowers: Donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baileys Crossroads, Virginia, or to Doctors Without Borders.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Runyon
    Brother James C. Runyon (Evelyn)
    Children Ann C. Runyon, Richard E. Runyon Jr (Sandi), Averill C. Springer (Scott), Lynn M. Maxwell (Steve), William M. Smith (Elizabeth)G
    Grandchildren Jonathan R. Springer, Christina A. Springer, Emily A. Smith, Michael W. Smith, and many nieces, nephews, family members and cherished friends.


    He is preceded in death by Donald Mark Runyon, Blanche Faye Greene, Herbert Boschen, Alison Greene Runyon, Dona Jean Conklin, Jordan Ashley Springer, Gabriel William Maxwell and many other extended family members and friends.


    Private services to be held.


    Burial at Arlington National Cemetery
    In lieu of flowers: Donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baileys Crossroads, Virginia, or to Doctors Without Borders.

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Fran Blanchard

September 5, 2020

Dick was one of the finest men I've ever known.
He was very accomplished and will be remembered for the many ways he served his country and the Church. It was his godly character, however, that blessed and strengthened me. He was a man of his word, able to give wise counsel, devoted to his family and highly respected in these days of too few heroes.

"... the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5) This is what I think we all savored knowing Dick.

John and Barbara Houser

August 24, 2020

We give our sincere condolences to the family. Dick Runyon was always kind and gracious to us. We truly appreciated his friendship. Blessings and peace to the family.

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