Arthur V. Runyon

RUNYON, Arthur V. 77, passed on July 28, 2013 while on vacation in Park City, UT. He was born Dec. 1, 1935 in High Bridge, NJ to Arthur N. and Myrtle Runyon. He married Joan Lee Gouldner on June 23, 1957 in Plainfield, NJ. He attended Plainfield High School, St. Pete College and St. Leo University, and followed the family tradition of Masonic membership. A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Art will forever live in the hearts of his family. He was an avid boater and enjoyed an abundance of golf in retirement at The Villages. Art served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He spent 1 ½ years in the Atlantic fleet submarines, with participation in operation "Deep Freeze", and served on the 1st U.S. ship up the Saigon River to evacuate Vietnam. He began his successful career in the police dept. on Dec. 1956 in Plainfield, NJ. In 1968, he moved to Florida and started with the St. Petersburg Police Dept., and retired in 1991 as acting Chief of Police. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joan Lee Runyon; children, Mark A. Runyon, Pamela R. Haigh, Paul V. Runyon, Pamela's husband, Herbert S. Haigh, Mark's wife, Maura Runyon; brother, Howard L. Runyon and wife, Loretta Runyon; brother-in-law, Eric A. Johnson and wife, Donna Johnson; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Arthur and Mrytle Runyon, siblings Glen Leaver, Gene Leaver and Joyce Leaver. A Celebration of Art's Life will be held on Monday, Aug. 12th, 12 pm at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Rd., Lady Lake, FL. Please do not wear black. Internment will precede the service at 9 am at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, please make donation in tribute to Art to either The Wounded Warrior Project or The Special Olympics


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George Gatchel

August 14, 2013


Art was a great friend and we road together when he first came on the dept. He was a dedicated officer, loved the job and contributed much to the dept. Sorry for your loss.

August 13, 2013

Over the years, my brother-in-law and I may have been on different sides of the fence at times but were always in agreement when it came to love of country, unity of family, and service to others. Art and my sister ( Joan ) made a wonderful team. Deepest sympathy... Eric and Donna

Ellen Gatchel Smith

August 9, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Brian Hadfield

August 8, 2013

Dear Joan and Family
My heartfelt condolances on your loss. You were our great neighbours in Harbourside, spending many happy hours together.I am thankful we had the recent visit with you and Art.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brian Hadfield

John Dressback

August 6, 2013

I owe a lot to Art for the opportunity to represent SPPD at the Police Academy which led to becoming Academy Director upon SPPD retirement. Forever grateful to him.

Susie Reinhart

August 6, 2013

To Joan, Paul, Pam, and all of the Runyon family. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Sending you all my deepest sympathy. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

Terry & Gert Hensley

August 6, 2013

Joan & Family:

As you know, I worked with Art for years. We had a few little ups and downs, but in the end we were friends. Gert and I enjoyed our times together and are very sorry for your loss.

If there is anything we can do for you, anything, don't hesitate to ask. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Terry & Gert Hensley

Bill and Sharon Landis

August 5, 2013

He'll be missed by many and especially me. I'll think of him every time I'm watching a NCAA national championship game in football or basketball because I've seen everyone of them with Art by my side since 2004.

Chaplain Ray Fritz

August 5, 2013

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), we offer our sincere condolences to Joan Lee and all of Arthur's family and friends, in your hour of sorrow. May God whisper peace into your hearts and comfort and heal them. We are grateful for Arthur's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service and the U.S. Navy. "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country." -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

Nick Nichols

August 5, 2013

To Joan and Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Art's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one and all SUBVETS and their families have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Art will always be remembered as a “Brother of the Phin” and a great Patriot.

Arthur V. Runyon
US Navy
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, Base Chaplain