Donald "Don" William Runkle
Biography

From: “Schuyler County, Illinois History, compiled in 1983 by the Schuyler County Jail Museum”, Family History Section, page 510, printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas.
Note: The Family History Section is genealogy histories written by people on their ancestors.
  A lifelong resident of Rushville, businessman and civic leader, Don W. Runkle was born in Rushville June 23, 1901, one of two children of Edgar Ephriam and Nellie (Persinger) Runkle.  His grandfather, Joseph Runkle, a Civil War veteran, was born in 1846 in Champaign County, Ohio, and came to Schuyler County in the mid-1850’s.  In 1920, Don W. Runkle entered the retail grocery business in partnership with his father.  Located on the west side of the square where the Schuyler State Bank now stands, the original firm was founded in 1902 as Glossop & Runkle, then became Rodewald & Runkle, and eventually was changed to Runkle & Runkle.  In 1921 he married Nancie Rachel Steele, who was born Feb. 7, 1903 in Pleasantview, Ill.  They had three sons: George Edward, born May 7, 1922; Donald Steele, born June 18, 1924; and Robert Joseph, born Nov. 25, 1929.
  He continued in the grocery business for 36 years, the last years in partnership with his two eldest sons.  Active in civic affairs, he served 12 years on the Rushville School Board and was treasurer of the Schuyler County Fair Association for 30 years.  In 1958 he was elected Schuyler County Clerk, then re-elected for three more terms.  He died Aug. 5, 1972 in the second year of his fourth term in office.
  His descendents include 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  One great-grandchild preceded him in death.  His widow, Nancie, now resides in Peoria, Ill., as do their sons George and Robert.  Their son Donald lives in Quincy, Ill.  R. J. Runkle


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