Samuel P. Runnells, age 72, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Pastor Eric Hambrock will officiate. Burial will be at Pioneer Cemetery. Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 3 and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Monday at the funeral home. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Sam was born February 22, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio to Thomas and Elsie (Branine) Runnells. He married Lucy Bean on January 3, 1998.
Sam was a professional over the road truck driver for most of his life, and owned and operated SPR Trucking, contracting with Klemm Tank Lines out of Green Bay, WI for over 20 years until his retirement in 2011.
Sam was a member and current Master of Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge #128, a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Eau Claire, and a York Rite Mason. He truly enjoyed the time he spent with his Masonic brothers.
Sam and Lucy were regular motorcycle travelers, accumulating over 100,000 miles in numerous trips out West.
Sam was very mechanically inclined and loved to tinker. He was an excellent woodworker. Sam was a “collector of collections” and enjoyed going to auctions. His biggest collection was his toy tractor/farm equipment collection and he looked forward to his annual trips to the National Farm Toy Show in Dyersville, IA to see what kind of treasures he could add to his collection.
Sam is survived by his loving wife, Lucy; stepchildren: Heather (Rob) Van Schoick of Wausau and Arlen “Butch” Kluck of Plover; and brother, David Runnells of Xenia, OH. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice Runnells; and his beloved dog “Chance”.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family.
Memorials may be designated to the Acacia Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Inc., the fundraising branch of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department K9 program.
Sam’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Aspirus Riverview Hospital for the exceptional care they provided during these difficult and trying times.
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