Galen B. Runnebaum, 86, died July 12, 2016 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca, KS. Visitation: Friday, July 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Rosary: 7 p.m., Friday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell. Funeral: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial: St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Galen was born on May 18, 1930 in Axtell to Bernard and Anna (Schafer) Runnebaum. He married Rita Landoll at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hanover on November 16, 1954. To this 61-year union, was born seven daughters, Mary Ann, Carol, Donna, Deb, Cheryl, Diane and June. Farming, hunting and tractor pulling were some enjoyments. He loved playing baseball and played for the St. Bridget Hilltoppers. Galen spent many happy hours watching his grandchildren play sports and other activities. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and was a loyal usher for the church. He was a former member of St. Bridget Parish in rural Marshall County. Galen was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Galen spent many years as a dairyman and farmer. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Bernard, Ralph and Vincent Runnebaum; and sisters, Evelyn Lackey, Peggy Marconett and Edna Jensen. Survivors include his wife, Rita; daughters, Mary Ann (Dewaine) Heinen, Blue Rapids, Carol (Tom) Nolte, Sabetha, Donna (Jerry) Haug, Baileyville, Deb (Gilbert) Schmitz, Baileyville, Cheryl (Linus) Reinecke, Axtell, Diane (Paul) Broxterman, Home, and June (Fred) McGehee, Topeka; sister, Shirley Deters, Ozawkie; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Runnebaum, Marysville; and sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Parish or to the Axtell Playground and sent in care of Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home, Axtell.
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