Samuel J. "Sam" Runyan

January 27, 1947 ~ December 7, 2021 (age 74)


Samuel J. “Sam” Runyan, 74, of Annisville Rd., Bruin, Parker Twp., passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Tuesday afternoon, December 7, 2021.

Samuel was born in Kissinger Mills near Rimersburg on January 27, 1947.  He was the son of the late James and Ruth Priester Runyan.

He was a graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Foxburg.  He was of the Protestant faith.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and trips to the Casino.  Sam always looked forward to vacations at the beach.  In his earlier years Sam was employed at the glass plant in Parker and retired from Dick McCall Inc. in Petrolia.

He is survived by his wife, Robin D. Whitmer Runyan, whom he married in Fairview on June 5, 1976.  Also surviving is a son, James “Jimmy” Runyan and his wife, Billie, of Shippenvile; three brothers, William “Bill” Runyan of Crafton, Gerald “Jerry” Runyan and his wife, Shirley, of Knox, and Raymond “Ray” Runyan and his wife, Nancy, of Franklin, TN; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kristie and Dennis Christie of Parker,  Scott and Margaret “Peg” Whitmer of Fairview, and Charlotte Runyan of Callensburg, as well as a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, two sisters, and two brothers.

A private visitation and funeral service officiated by long time family friend, Rev. Dennis Barger, will be held at the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City.  Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Bruin Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 1, Bruin, PA 16022 or the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 237, Petrolia, PA , 16050.  Condolences may be sent by visiting

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