Farming Rural 18

Owen Harley Runningen

September 6, 1942 ~ November 8, 2020 (age 78)


Owen Runningen, 78 of rural Ashby died Sunday, November 8, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Owen Harley Runningen was born on September 6, 1942, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota the son of Clifford and Eunice (Torgrimson) Runningen.  He was baptized and confirmed in Grue Lutheran Church and attended Country School in Eagle lake Township.

Owen and Beatrice Brown met on the first day of spring in 1963, and celebrated that day every year, and they were married on November 30, 1963.  They farmed on the Runningen farm in Eagle Lake Township until purchasing their dairy farm in Douglas County.  Owen and Bea retired from dairy farming, selling to their son Peter, and they returned to the Runningen home farm where they raised beef cattle.  He enjoyed the land and was a lifetime farmer.  He loved attending threshing shows, especially the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag which he never missed until this last year due to COVID.  He liked hunting ducks and especially deer hunting with the family.  He enjoyed camping and fishing with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; five children, Tammie (Greg) Weiler of Long Prairie, Melissa Runningen of Ashby, Shelly (Donald) Riedel of Parkers Prairie, Peter Runningen (DeNette Larson) of Ashby and Amy (Mike) Maunumaki of Ashby; thirteen grandchildren; Alison, Samantha, Jonathan, Thomas, Michael, Colton, Nathan, Marc, Curtis, Rachel, Danial, Michael Jr. and Joan; ten great-grandchildren; Alexis, Danica, Jackson, Payton, Adley, Maci, Aubree, Beatrice, Chloe, and Rosaleena; brother, Darel (Beverly) Runningen of Battle Lake; and by numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Eunice Runningen.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Ashby


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