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Willard G. Runte

Willard Glen Runte, 88, Forreston, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Freeport Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Willard was born on Nov. 8, 1925, the son of Oscar and Minnie (Zumdahl) Runte.

He attended Forreston schools including a one-room school house on Pit Road.
Willard married Donna Stamm on Sept.15, 1952.

He was a lifelong farmer with his son near Forreston.

He enjoyed working with his hands and being creative in making improvements that he designed.

He also ran a custom spraying business and worked at Forreston Ready Mix.

He was a lifelong member of North Grove Evangelical Church, where he served on the cemetery board. Willard is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Glenn Runte, Oregon, and Richard (Cindi) Runte,  Forreston; four grandchildren, Angie (Shaun) Pitter, Rockford, Kyle (Jennifer) Runte, Pecatonica, Mallory (Clay) West, Davenport, Iowa, and Elizabeth Runte, Minneapolis, Minn.; and one great-grandson, Peyton Pitter.

He was preceded by his parents; his brother, Dale Runte; and sister, Leona Runte.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at North Grove Evangelical Church, 10384 W. Coffman Rd., Forreston, with Rev. Tim Hotchkiss officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Burke Tubbs Funeral Home.

Due to allergies no flowers please. A memorial has been established for the North Grove Cemetery Fund. The family wishes to thank Freeport Health Network, Rockford Memorial Hospital, and Freeport Rehab for their excellent care.

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