John A. Runberg
John A. Runberg
  • May 11, 1923 - January 5, 2018
  • Amarillo, Texas

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John A. Runberg
John A. Runberg, 94 of Amarillo passed away Friday, January 5th, 2018.
Celebration of life services will be Saturday, January 13th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at The Craig Methodist Chapel with Chaplain Lane Boyd officiating. Services are entrusted to Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 S. Bell.
John was born May 11, 1923 in Moscow, Idaho to Victor and Mable Runberg. After graduation from Potlatch High School, He enrolled in the University of Idaho. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. He spent three years in the Army which included and all-expense paid tour of France and Germany with the 48th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division. After his discharge, he returned to Idaho where he completed his degree in Chemical Engineering in 1948. He worked as an engineer for Idaho Potato Growers in Idaho Falls for a year and then obtained a Research Fellowship from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. In 1950, He finished his Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering and immediately went to work for Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1952, he met and married Hazel. The marriage included a fine three year old boy, whom he adopted soon after their marriage. He would spend the next 33 years in the Phillips Research Department in Borger, Texas. He spent one more year in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and then he retired to the Texas Hill Country with his family. They spent many wonderful years enjoying life on a beautiful lake. Following the passing of Hazel in 2005, he met and married Wanda in March of 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Mable, his sister Peggy Haase, and his first wife Hazel.
He is survived by his wife Wanda Runberg of Amarillo, his son Doak of Wilson, Texas, his sister Mary Massaia of Lacey, Washington, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to The Amarillo Alzheimer's Association in honor of John Runberg.