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Kenneth Runquist, age 69, of Knox City, Missouri, died Saturday, September 25, 2010, at his home.

The son of Lonnie and Dollie Rudicil Runquist he was born July 18, 1941, North of Knox City, Missouri, on the same farm he lived on. He was united in marriage to Janet Walker May 9, 1961, in LaBelle, Missouri.

Surviving are his wife Janet Runquist of Knox City, Missouri, three children, a daughter Katie Runquist of Taylor, Missouri and her special friend Scott Smith and his children, Amanda and Devon Smith, a son Jason Runquist of Knox City, Missouri, a daughter Phoebe Adams and husband Jon of Canton, Missouri, three grandchildren, Lauren Runquist, Chelsea and Heather Adams, a brother-in-law, David Baker of Lewistown, Missouri, several nieces and nephews and was a father figure to Rocky Layman and Tonja Blair.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Carmelita Baker and a baby girl Carolyn Kay Runquist, and three brothers, Melvin Richard Runquist, Charles Bill Runquist and a baby brother.

Kenneth received his education at Knox City. He was engaged in farming north of Knox City where he raised Hereford Cattle, Hogs, and Paint Horses. He was also employed with Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company retiring in 2001. Kenneth was a member of the LaBelle Masonic Lodge and a board member of Colony Cemetery. He loved the outdoors, gardening, coon hunting and had one of the first jumping mules in this area.

Kenneth loved spending time with his friend’s trail riding and camping in Iowa, Southern Illinois, and South Dakota.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, Missouri. Reverend Mike Wilson and Brother Mike Rash will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Colony Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Ronald Baker, Charles Baker, Vernon Baker, Billy Runquist, Steve Runquist and David Arment. Honorary bearers will be Dewey Long, Don Arment, Steve Kurk and Craig Mauck.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, after 4 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Knox County Health Department of Sandra Shultz Hope Lodge – American Cancer Society. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, Missouri, 63447.