Traverse City

RUNNING, Gerald Feb 25, 1938 – Aug 28, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Gerald “Pa” Lee Running, age 81, of Traverse City, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in the loving care of his family. Gerald was born in Warren, Ohio, on Feb. 25, 1938 to Eugene and Florence (Castile) Running.
Gerald grew up in Warren, Ohio, later in Pennsylvania, and joined the military force in 1957 in Campbell, Kentucky, where he was a part of the 101st Airborne Division. It was while Gerald was in the U.S. Army that he met his wife, Lynn (Gibson) Running, and the two married on Jan. 3, 1961 in Tennessee. Gerald was honorably discharged from the Army in 1961.
After the two were married, Gerald worked on the pipelines all over the country, starting out in Oklahoma and moving wherever he was needed. Gerald and Lynn eventually made their way to Traverse City, where Gerald went to work for DeWayne’s Power Equipment, first in Kalkaska, then in Traverse City as a mechanic. He also worked for United Tech as a maintenance supervisor, from where he eventually retired.
Gerald and Lynn thoroughly enjoyed going to the casino together. Every year they would get their “gang” together, as they were called, where the groups of couples would map out their stops along the way to Texas. They would escape the winter months in Michigan for the warm sun in Texas. Gerald and Lynn always enjoyed spending the summer camping with the family at the Timberline Campground in Benzonia.
Gerald was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Gerald is survived by his wife; children, Debbie (Rob) Tyler and Jerry (Amy) Running; grandchildren, Katie (Bob) Layman, Eric (Abby) Breece, Jenna Running and Sarah Running; great-grandchildren, Izabelle, Addyson and Bobby. Gerald is also survived by William Gibson, Ally and Jacob Kleidon and Will Gibson; his brother, Lou (Dorothy) Running; along with many nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Merle Running.
A visitation for family and friends will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Military honors honoring Gerald will take place at noon at the funeral home.
The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
Please share a memory with Gerald’s family by visiting his tribute page at
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.

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