Robert E. Runyan

July 1, 1927November 27, 2018

Robert “Bob” Runyan, 91, a loving husband, father, & grandfather passed away in his sleep at age 91 on November 27, 2018 at the Bickford of Gurnee.

He was the son of Sam and Ruth Runyan born in Elkhart, Indiana on July 1, 1927.

Bob is survived by his wife of 13 years Dolores “Dee” and his three children, Michael (Mary), Bradley (Steve) and Robin (Vince), 4 stepchildren Lauren (Brian), Linda (Dave), Jim (Nancy), and Cathy (Marty). He had two grandchildren Ryan and Kathryn Christy and 8 Step-Grandchildren, Stephanie (Jerry) Chris (Becka) Ali, Carly, Jay, Casey, Joel and Colby and one great grandson, Leo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara “Bobbie”nee Ryan and his sister Mary Ellen Paavilainen.

Bob grew up in Waukegan, IL. He proudly served his country in the Army. Following an honorable discharge he attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He played football for the Bulldogs, where he actually scored a touchdown after blocking a punt.

After receiving a degree in business he became a very well known and successful contractor builder in the Lake County area for 50 years. His hobbies include gardening, fishing and golf. He was known for his long but never straight drives. Another hobby was piloting his own airplane He enjoyed his Friday night couples bridge groups and was passionate about traveling and visiting many countries. Being a very generous man he included family in a lot of his travels. He was a proud stockholder of the Greenbay Packers and attended the famous “ Ice Bowl” with his son Michael. He was an active member of the City Club of Waukegan and The Pool Peers and Glen Flora Country Club, where he was proud of his Hole in One. Another passion of his was Camp Jorn, Manotowish Waters, WI. He donated countless hours of time to building and maintaining many of the buildings on the premises. He was an active member of the Board of Directors for 50 years. He was so well thought of that they placed a plaque in his honor in one of the new cabins.

A celebration of his life will be Friday Dec. 7th at 10:30 at the First Presbyterian Church at 219 West Maple in Libertyville, IL 60048. Visitation will begin an hour before the service starting at 9:30 AM. Those attending the service are invited to a luncheon at Bonnie Brook Golf Course at 2800 N. Lewis Ave in Waukegan, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Jorn at 13491 Zenner Drive. Manitowish Waters WI 54545.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 7, 2018

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Mary Newlon

December 12, 2018

Dee and family,
My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Bob touched my life in many ways. I laughed and I learned so much from my dear friend Bob. I will miss his infectious smile.
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.


Debbie Rizzo

December 7, 2018

Dee and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I will miss Bob dearly. He always had a smile for me and that will be carried in my heart always and we always had something to laugh about . I know he is looking down on all of his family today.

With Love Always

Catherine Watt

December 4, 2018

My most sincere condolences to Dee and to my cousins, Michael, Bradley, and Robin. I am sorry I cannot be there with you, but I will be thinking of you all. I know Bob will be dearly missed.
Cathy Ryan Watt

Mclaughlin Family

December 4, 2018

Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news about your father's passing. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.Our most sincere condolences

Carol Sarocka

December 4, 2018

So sorry for your loss. May the fond memories of your years together sustain you over the coming months and years. God bless.
Carol Sarocka

Mary Runyan

December 4, 2018

Bob loved going up north to Eagle River Wisconsin. He kept a boat up there and we spent many vacations up there in the summer. Living in Arizona and Florida those years we were in heaven being in the cool north. Eventually Bob wasn't using the boat and he brought it down to Florida for Mike and I to use. By then it was retro. It brought back those old memories so we overlooked all the work it needed. We will miss you dad.

Connie Lathrop

December 4, 2018

Thinking of Dee and my cousins, Michael, Bradley and Robin. So sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful family man and will be greatly missed.

Betty Dietz

December 3, 2018

We met Mr. Runyan and his wife in 1971. They had built some beautiful apartments at 417 Franklin Avenue in Waukegan. They spent time getting to know us. We were a young couple getting married and were able to rent a brand new apartment from them. They were so very kind to us.
Thomas and Betty Dietz