Kenneth E. Runyan Jr.

Kenneth E. Runyan Jr.

BIRTH: 05/18/1966

DEATH: 01/29/2017


Kenneth E. Runyan Jr., 50, of Big Beaver (formerly of Connoquennessing Twp. Butler Co), died Sunday, January 29, 2017 of a sudden heart attack in his home.

He was taken too soon from his loving wife of 29 years, Dawn (McIntyre) Runyan and their children, Thomas Runyan (Samantha), Robert Runyan, all of Big Beaver, Stormie Runyan (Daniel Wilhelm) of Butler, and Samantha Davies of VA.

Born May 18, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Ken was a devoted husband, father and grandfather of 8.  He is reunited, at long last, in heaven with his father, Kenneth E. Runyan Sr. and sadly leaves behind his mother, Patricia (Panza) Simon and step-dad Bart Simon, as well as 2 sisters, Lou Ann Arthur (Lester) and Lynne Bowser (Bill). He will be deeply mourned by his maternal grandmother, Peg Panza and mother-in-law, Donna McIntyre. His aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews share in this tragic loss.

A carpenter by nature, not just trade, Ken began Runyan Construction in 2010 with the talents and skills learned from his father. A previous employee of Brennan Builders and Firedex of Butler, Ken also had the privilege to work with and for many of the finest contractors and construction workers in the area.  He considered them his brothers.  Kenny could make anyone laugh, but he couldn’t just make friends, he made “family” and his loss will be felt by many.  Nothing could ever come close to his tremendous love and devotion to his wife and children until his grandbabies came along.  His favorite job above all else was being a “Pap-Pap”.  He will be especially and profoundly missed by his grandchildren, Trent and Valerie Runyan who shared in his life and love each and every day, and granddaughters Amore and Jolene Cavaliero who always brought him so many smiles and filled his life and heart with laughter. Even though he was especially proud to share his name with granddaughter Makenna Runyan, they were all his pride and joy, his treasure and greatest achievement in life.

In keeping with Ken’s wishes, a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 3pm in the New Galilee Fire Hall, 606 Centennial Avenue, New Galilee PA 16141 followed by a luncheon.  All are invited to attend.

Arrangements were handled by the Gabauer-Matter Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. 3500 Third Avenue-Koppel PA 16136 www.gabauerfamily funeral


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13 entries.
mary lou arend from glenshaw wrote on February 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm:
so sorry I know it is going to be hard but keep happy memories of Kenny I love him and feel bad about not keeping in touch I guess we all get too busy with our own lives and don't take the time until it is late if you need anything I can do for you call love all of you aunt mare
Marcie Rogan from Ellport wrote on February 4, 2017 at 12:54 am:
Dawn I am so sorry for your loss, if there is any thing I can do let me know.
Bonnie Mihaly from Pittsburgh wrote on February 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm:
I was so shocked and sad to hear of your husbands passing. Way to young to go! Dawn and family you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Donna Gelik from St. Paul, MN wrote on February 3, 2017 at 1:01 am:
Heaven has another angel. Give Pap and my dad a hug for me. Prayers to Dawn and the kids.
Renee Fleming from Venetia wrote on February 3, 2017 at 12:59 am:
I'm so sorry for your loss! I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers! Love Jeremy and Renee
Rita Claus from Oakdale, pa wrote on February 3, 2017 at 12:36 am:
Rita Claus and family
DONNA BORTMES ~GARIS from EAST BUTLER PA wrote on February 3, 2017 at 12:22 am:
I never had the pleasure to met Ken but I know Lynne and Bill Bowser , my nephew and his lovely wife your whole family have our families deepest sympathy.
Dave and Kathleen Simon from Allison Park wrote on February 2, 2017 at 11:50 pm:
Rest In Peace with the Lord
Shane young from Portersville wrote on February 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm:
Kenny was a friend, more than that he was a brother to all of us, i had the pleasure of working with this man for a few years, so many great memories, you will be missed kenny, may you rest in peace my brother, see ya again one day
Adriann Lang-Cunningham from Saxonburg wrote on February 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm:
Deepest sympathies to his wife and sorry for your loss.
David Comer from Butler wrote on February 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm:
A good friend you will be missed by many
God be with you
Debi Bell from Hyde Park wrote on February 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm:
Prayers to my brother and sister-in-law and tara and tyler.. especially for Kenny 's wife and children and grand babies.. Rest in peace.. GOD will take his hand and guide him to a grand resting place..
Colleene Simpson from Zelienople wrote on February 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm:
My deepest condolences to you all. Sending love and prayers to you all. He was an amazing man Dawn and what you all had was truly a love of a life time a fairytale one might even say.