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Gene Robert Runnoe, 62, Park Rapids died suddenly at this home Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Gene was born April 25, 1951 to Robert and Amy (Agre) Runnoe in Bloomington.

He attended school in Bloomington, graduating from Kennedy High School. He graduated from Southwest State University with a degree in biology.

After graduating, he came to work with his father and mother at Bob's Business in Dorset, which he took over upon the death of his father in 1982.

In 1983, Gene earned his Master Mechanic Award from Mercury Marine and held his Master Mechanic Award for 20 plus years until retiring in 2005.

He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Hobbies included turning wrenches on outboards to lawn mowers, helping fix car problems over the phone, reloading, shooting, snowmobiling, fishing and watching various TV shows, deer hunting, whether it was sitting in the stand or sitting around telling stories of past years hunts.

Gene is survived by his mother, Amy; sons, Kyle (Becca) and Colin; daughter, Allison; grandchildren, Timothy, Brandon, Makayla, Hailee, Riley, Owen, Abbigail and Ethan; sisters, Sandra (John) Klinkhammer; Suzanne (Mike) Phillips; Jennifer (Dave) Arnoldy; Uncle Ronnie and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob; grandparents; aunts and uncles.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at First English Lutheran church in Dorset with Pastor Chris Davis officiating.

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday June 24 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Park Rapids also one hour prior to the services at the church.

Inurnment: at a later date.

For more information call Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids at 732-7264. You may leave online condolences at