Runyon Estes Dyer
Runyon Estes Dyer, 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Missouri 
Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. 

He was born Oct. 13, 1909, in Opdyke, Ill., the only child of 
Theodore Graham and Florence Estes Dyer. He and Lucille Recker of 
Portageville, Mo., were married April 22, 1931, in Waterloo, Ill. 
Lucille was a registered nurse. She died March 26, 1970. 

Runyon grew up in East St. Louis, Ill., and graduated from St. Louis 
College of Pharmacy in June 1931. He was a registered pharmacist in 
Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Florida. He joined the U.S. Army in 
February 1941 and was discharged at Camp Crowder, Mo., in August 1945. 
He served in the European theater as NCOIC of the pharmacy of the 156th 
General Hospital. Runyon was employed as a pharmacist in Cape Girardeau 
by the late Homer George in March 1949, and worked for Broadway Prescription 
Shop 36 years before retiring in 1985. He joined the Cape Girardeau Police 
Reserve Feb. 28, 1955, became assistant chief in 1962, and chief in 1967. 
He retired in 1986 after serving under five police chiefs. He was 
commissioned a special deputy sheriff by five Cape Girardeau County 
sheriffs. Runyon was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge 852 in Belleville, 
Ill., served as president and vice president of Cape Girardeau County 
Pharmaceutical Association, was a member of Arkansas State Pharmacists 
Association, life member of VFW Post 3838, and member of American Legion 
Post 63. 

Survivors include a cousin in Dallas, Texas, three cousins in 
Tinley Park, Ill., and a cousin in Crystal City, Mo. 

Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home from 10-11 a.m. 
Saturday. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the 
Rev. Emmett Owensby officiating. Burial will be in Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke. 

Date: December 7, 2001
Source: Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO
Submitted by:  Robert W. Loman

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