Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Donald “Donnie” Ray Runion, 75, of Fort Valley, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 23, 2013, surrounded by his wife and family by his bedside.
The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Pastor Sherry Waddell will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Emerson Walters Cemetery in Fort Valley.
Donnie was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Shenandoah County, son of the late Horace and Eva Ryman Runion.
He was retired as a meat cutter from Crabill’s Meats and also worked part time for Guard Hill Meats and Hovatters. He served three years in the Army with an honorable discharge. He spent a lot of time serving breakfast and dinners at the Fort Valley Fire Department. He was a member of the Fort Valley Community Club and the Woodstock Moose. He loved fishing and playing horseshoes.
Donnie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Saffell Runion, whom he married on Feb. 14, 1959; three children, Randy Runion, Kathy Monn and husband, Danell, of Fort Valley, and Vickie Puffenbarger and husband, David, of Mount Crawford; four grandchildren, Jack, Maude and Grace Puffenbarger of Mount Crawford and Justin Monn of Fort Valley, whom he all greatly adored; one great-grandson, Jace Puffenbarger; four sisters, Faye S. Martz and Ester Eaton, both of Mount Jackson, Margie Runion of Edinburg and Linda Arellano of Charles Town, W.Va.; four brothers, Gene Runion of Fort Valley, John and Roger Runion of Quicksburg and Sherwood Runion of Edinburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Isabelle Runion and Mary Williams, and a brother, Wilson Runion.
Pallbearers will be Justin Monn, Jack Puffenbarger, Stanley Miller, Ronnie Miller, Grayson Funk and Bill Mantz.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Kibler, Eugene Bulatko, Tom McClanahan, Pete King and Guy Lamma.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Valley Fire Department or Blue Ridge Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at www.dellingerfuneralhome.com .