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Patriot Guard Special
Fallen Soldier Mission Accomplished
Senior Master Chief Robert "Bobby" Runyon
of Newton, Kansas
Services with Full Military Honors were held Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Senior Master Chief Robert "Bobby" Runyon, age 52, was home from Iraq
and was due to return to Iraq this 14 November 2006.
He died unexpectedly at home on Saturday 04 November 2006.
Bobby served 26 years in the Navy and is the brother of our own ALR Post 4 and
Patriot Guard member Ed "Wingman" Runyon. Bobby served in Vietnam in
1971-1972 while in the Navy. He served in Afghanistan as a Merchant Marine.
He was a member of the VFW, and the National Chiefs Association.
Wingman said that the Navy was Bobby's life, and he proudly served his country.
Said Wingman, "Bobby loved every minute he served."
Rest in peace, Bobby Runyon, and God bless the Runyon Family.
"Duty, Honor, Country"
Thank You Note from Ed "Wingman" Runyon and Family:
Darkhorse, friends, brothers & sisters. I'm writing to say thank you from my family for the sendoff for my brother. Bobby would have said it was too much for him. I was told it was the second largest sendoff for Newton. I told my Mother, I & Bobby had a couple hundred friends drop by to say goodbye, and thank you. My family was shocked to see all the riders from everywhere. My Mother asked me if I went on missions like this, I told her yes. She said she had seen on TV, but didn't understand the brother & sisterhood we have until today. As I said, thank you very much.
Ed "Wingman" Runyon and Family
Mission Report from Jerry "Jarhead" Allen ALR Post 136:
A final tribute was paid today to Senior master chief Robert "Bobby" Runyon. Members of the U.S. Navy did the honors of folding the burial flag and presenting it to the family. There were many ALR members in attendance from several different posts as well as the Kansas Patriot Guard and the PGR. The honor guard consisted of 20 motorcycles flying the American flag. They rode in front of the hearse while the remainder of the flag bikes rode behind the family with American flags, Kansas flags and military branch service flags, followed by the rest of the bikes. There were approximately 120 motorcycles involved in the possession.
The ride from the staging area to Peterson's funeral home was led by ALR Post 4. Dave Wells was the ride captain and members from that post also served as road guards.
Senior Master Chief Robert Runyon will surely be missed.
God bless the Runyon family in their time of sorrow.
Jerry Allen ALR post 136