William Scottie ("Bill") Runyan, 89, formerly of Ames, passed away on December 25, 2020, at Windsor Manor in Nevada, IA. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no services will be held.
He was born on June 24, 1931, in Merrill, WI, to Charles and Irene Ida (Rehwinkel) Runyan. He graduated from high school in Pyatt, Arkansas in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He received a BS degree and an MS degree in Microbiology from the University of Idaho, as well as a doctorate from Harvard University. He married Jackie (Doyon) in 1954; two children, Laura and Grant, were born from this union. He later married Glendora Roche. Bill was a faculty member in Food Science and Nutrition at Iowa State University for 24 years, retiring as a Professor in 1992.
Bill enjoyed being outdoors with friends and especially liked hunting, fishing and playing golf. He is survived by his children, Grant (Emily) Runyan of Lake Villa, IL, and Laura Runyan, of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren, Sophia and Philip of Lake Villa, IL; sister, Sally Runyan of Shawnee, KS; former wife, Jackie Runyan of Ames, IA; stepson, Rick Roche of Tucson, AZ; and special friend, Rose Keltner of Nevada, IA. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Melton and by Glendora Roche Runyan.
Memorial contributions may be made to organizations working in the field of Alzheimer's disease research, such as the Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Bill was a very kind person. He was one of my nutrition professors and a good fishing buddy to my husband while we lived in Iowa back in the 1970s and 1980s. Lots of fond school memories and fish fry memories flood my mind when I think of Bill and his friends from that era. May God rest his soul.
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