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Major George A. Runkle Sr.
June 26, 2014
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. â€” Major George A. Runkle Sr., Army of the United States, Retired, passed away June 26, 2014, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Major Runkle was 92 years young.
Major Runkle retired from the U.S. Army in 1961 having served in World War II and in several posts throughout Europe and the United States. After retirement, Major Runkle attended Arizona State University (ASU) receiving a Bachelor of Arts in education. He later returned to ASU for his Master of Arts degree. After graduation, he spent two years at Scottsdale High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. teaching political science and economics.
In 1967 Major Runkle became assistant director of the Junior ROTC Department at the Culver Academies in Culver. In 1977 he was appointed to be a counselor and economics professor. Several thousand students attended the school during Major Runkleâ€™s tenure. Major Runkle was fond of extolling the virtues of the Armor Branch of the U.S. Army, which led to the affectionate nicknames of â€śTreadheadâ€ť and â€śThe Major.â€ť Major Runkle retired from the Culver Academies in 1985 but continued to work with the Culver Summer School camps until well into his 80s. He and his wife retired to Arizona where both had grown up and where they met.Â
Major Runkle was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Norma June Runkle and a granddaughter, Amy Marie Zirkle (nee Runkle). He is survived by his four children, all of whom attended the Culver Academies, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, many of whom have attended either the Culver Academies or some of the various Culver Summer School programs. Â
Interment was July 3 at Genung Cemetery in Peeples Valley, Ariz., where he is buried next to his wife and near other family members.
There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Culver Memorial Chapel on the campus of Culver Educational Foundation. All who knew Major Runkle and his family are most welcome.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Good Samaritan Society/Prescott Home Health and Hospice, Prescott, Ariz., the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.