Jerry Runion

Jerry Runion

Friday, October 5th, 1962 Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Jerry F. Runion Jr.

Hancock- Jerry F. Runion Jr., 57, of Hancock, Mich., passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, in Iron Mountain, Mich.

He was born on October 5, 1962, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, son of the late Jerry and Katherine (Morrow) Runion Sr. Jerry graduated from St. Petersburg High School in Florida and entered the United States Navy on January 21, 1981. He was honorably discharged after 20 years of service on September 30, 2001. While serving in the Navy he received many honors, including the Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and the Kosovo Campaign Medal Letter of Recommendation. Jerry collected many experiences while stationed in Sicily, Italy for three years during his time in the Navy. Stories of his time on aircraft carriers, as well as other naval antics, were shared with friends and family.

Jerry enjoyed dancing, movies, trailer camping, the Green Bay Packers, striking up conversations with people he did not know, especially fellow veterans, and the time spent with his family and many friends.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Cari Raboin; one son, Jerry F. Runion III; both of Hancock, Mich.; one brother, John Paul Runion, St. Petersburg, Florida; and mother of his son, Cindy Runion, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Despite serious medical problems of the past years, Jerry kept his smile and his love and support of Cari and his son, Jerry. After relocating from Florida in 2007 to be with the love of his life, he adopted the Upper Peninsula as his new home and never looked back. Hugs from Jerry were frequent, enthusiastic, and mandatory.

In accordance with Jerry’s wishes, a private celebration of life will be held.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Mich., to honor Jerry’s legacy of life.

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Dennis W Smith

RIP Jerry. Grew up in same neighborhood. Remember him and his family
Comment | Posted at 10:23pm via Condolence

Pamela J Besonen

Cari, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that you and Jerry had such a special relationship. Please know my thoughts are with you. Pam Besonen
Comment | Posted at 12:14pm via Condolence

Nancy Smith

Jerry had an wonderful smile. Every time he saw us he starting talking about everything. He and my husband shared the navy. When he had the brain tumor he never had a bad attitude. Everyone who knew him loved him. The world will miss him. Nancy and Jerry Smith

Comment | Posted at 01:27pm via Condolence


My condolences to Carri and the Runion Family, and extended family. I think everyone that knew Jerry knew what a big heart he had and his unique love of life and friendship. His medical problems never seemed to diminish his enthusiasm for life. He was a very lucky man to find the love of his life just when he needed it most.
Comment | Posted at 07:49am via Condolence

Ricky Reed

Cari and the Runion family, and young Jerry, so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a friend when he was here in Florida working for Raytheon, and a fellow Sailor. He is in our prayers, RIP Jerry!
Comment | Posted at 07:42am via Condolence

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