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Jay Alvin Runyan was born June 19, 1933, to Grace (Mills) and Jay Liston Runyan in Woodbine, Iowa. Jay attended country school and graduated from Woodbine High School in 1952. Jay married Joann Nuzum on September 17, 1955, and they made their home in Omaha, Nebraska. Two weeks later Jay was drafted into the Army. After Jay's honorable discharge the couple moved to Sioux City, Iowa where Jay was an ambulance driver. He then went to work for the Swift Packing Plant. In 1969, they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska and continued his employment with Swift before transferring to Omaha in 1979. Jay retired from Swift in 1993. Jay worked part time at the post office, Shopko and Tufty's Car Place.

Jay was a member of Faith Christian Church in Omaha and the Millard American Legion. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and reading. He also loved to play cards and travel

Jay died on Monday, March 12, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 73 years, eight months and 21 days.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Vicky Runyan on November 15, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Joann Runyan of Omaha, Nebraska; three daughters, Kathy and her husband Ken Morhain of Anchorage, Alaska, Cindy Runyan of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Kim and her husband Mark Byrd of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Aaron, Christopher, and Nathan Morhain, Anthony and Kari Byrd and Alyssa Byrd; four sisters, Mary Ann Matteson of Harlan, IA, Merrill Runyan of Council Bluffs, IA, Eva Lou and her husband Larry Meyers of Burlington, IA, and Evelyn Hunsader of Minneapolis, MN; brother Vernon Runyan of Cherokee, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services
2:00 pm Monday, March 19, 2007
First Christian Church ~ Woodbine, Iowa

Clergy
Rev. Ron Keith

Musicians
Mrs. Merrill McElwain
Andrea Schicilone

Selections
"Amazing Grace"
"The Lord's Prayer"

Pall Bearers
Anthony Byrd, Aaron Morhain
Christopher Morhain, Nathan Morhain
Ken Morhain, Mark Byrd

Military Graveside Service
Weiss Post #143

Final Resting Place
Woodbine Cemetery
Woodbine, Iowa