Effingham Daily News
---- — Willie F. Runnels Jr., 61, of Effingham, passed away at 11:51 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
There will be no services per the wishes of Willie and his son. Memorials may be made to ALS Association. Bauer Funeral Home (www.bauerfh.com) in Effingham is assisting the family with arrangements.
Willie was born August 25, 1952 in Peoria, the son of Willie F. Runnels Sr. and Edna (Jolliff) Runnels. He married Judith Chisler on April 13, 1990, and she survives. Willie served with the U.S. Navy and was the owner of Willie & Walker’s Tree Service.
Willie is survived by his three sons, Walker Runnels of Effingham, Jeff (Paula) Grupe of Cowden and Mike (Sheri) Grupe of Effingham; two daughters, Chrissy Stout (special friend, Rory Knearem) of Effingham and Dena (Carl) Conner of Chatham; mother, Edna of Highland; brother, Don (Jeanie) Langford of Dieterich; four sisters, Betty Runnels of Highland, Brenda (Lou) Nonay of Northglenn, Co., Bonita (Dennis) Riley of Garland, Texas, and Belinda (Kirk) Carroll of Highland; seven grandchildren; best friends, Corey Bailey of Charenton, La., Mike Cole and Gary Gardener, both of Peoria.
Willie was preceded in death by his father, Willie Sr.; grandson, Reece Grupe; and nephew, Stetson Carroll.
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