Runyon Estes Dyer
Runyon Estes Dyer, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Missouri
Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Oct. 13, 1909, in Opdyke, Ill., the only child of
Theodore Graham and Florence Estes Dyer. He and Lucille Recker of
Portageville, Mo., were married April 22, 1931, in Waterloo, Ill.
Lucille was a registered nurse. She died March 26, 1970.
Runyon grew up in East St. Louis, Ill., and graduated from St. Louis
College of Pharmacy in June 1931. He was a registered pharmacist in
Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Florida. He joined the U.S. Army in
February 1941 and was discharged at Camp Crowder, Mo., in August 1945.
He served in the European theater as NCOIC of the pharmacy of the 156th
General Hospital. Runyon was employed as a pharmacist in Cape Girardeau
by the late Homer George in March 1949, and worked for Broadway Prescription
Shop 36 years before retiring in 1985. He joined the Cape Girardeau Police
Reserve Feb. 28, 1955, became assistant chief in 1962, and chief in 1967.
He retired in 1986 after serving under five police chiefs. He was
commissioned a special deputy sheriff by five Cape Girardeau County
sheriffs. Runyon was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge 852 in Belleville,
Ill., served as president and vice president of Cape Girardeau County
Pharmaceutical Association, was a member of Arkansas State Pharmacists
Association, life member of VFW Post 3838, and member of American Legion
Survivors include a cousin in Dallas, Texas, three cousins in
Tinley Park, Ill., and a cousin in Crystal City, Mo.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home from 10-11 a.m.
Saturday. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the
Rev. Emmett Owensby officiating. Burial will be in Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke.
Date: December 7, 2001
Source: Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman