Randy S. Runkle, 66 of Bluffton, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Bluffton on Dec. 15, 1955, to Kenneth & Imogene (Weaver) Runkle. A 1974 graduated of Southern Wells High School, Randy worked at Majestic / CFM in Huntington for 33 years and retired in 2008.
Randy was a self-taught backyard mechanic and all-round handyman with an elite small circle of incredible friends. He could work on anything with a motor and wheels. He loved drag racing, Indy car racing series and always looked forward to carbonation day with his son, Tanner, every May at the track. He loved spending time outdoors camping, hunting and target shooting. He enjoyed family vacations, riding motorcycles and listening to his Rock N Roll music.
Randy married his high school sweetheart, Yvette K. Gentis on Oct. 3, 1976, at the Petroleum United Methodist Church, celebrating 46 years of marriage together.
Survivors include his wife, Yvette of Bluffton and children: Tanner Runkle, Brandy Runkle-Boxell, Cheyenne Schearer, all of Bluffton and Jasmine (Daniel) Ruiz of Columbia City.
Randy loved being a grandpa and was a jokester with his six grandchildren: Kali & Jakeb Boxell of Zanesville, Baylee & Alyssa Schearer of Pleasant Mills, Amelia (John) Ackerman of Fort Wayne and Daniela Ruiz of Columbia City and 1 great-granddaughter, Natalie Akerman of Fort Wayne.
Randy is also survived by his siblings; Theron (Clara) Miller of Bluffton, Kenna (Roger) Hippenhammer of Noblesville, a sister-in-law, Betty Runkle of Wolcottville, his in-laws; Bernie Kleinknight of Geneva, Tom (Kim) Gentis of Petroleum and Tracy (Rhonda) Gentis of McNatt, along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Karon Miller and Harold Runkle.
A service to Celebrate Randy’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. The Rev. Lyle Breeding and Pastor Steve Studabaker will officiate.
Visitation will take place from 2 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made in Randy’s memory to Body of Life Ministry at Sonlight Wesleyan Church.
Burial will take place at a later date at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.
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