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Charles A. “Chuck” Runbeck


PHOENIX - Charles A. "Chuck" Runbeck passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020, roughly six weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. Born in 1928 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, his parents were Swedish immigrant Anton Runbeck and Wisconsin native Nina Hooper. In 1937, his family moved to Coolidge, Arizona, where h...

Charles A. “Chuck” Runbeck


N Nancy Mancuso April 10, 2020

Having only known Chuck since he was 70ish I was always impressed with his drive, energy and his ability to make friends and fit into any situation. And his optimism was infectious. He always bounced back with a new idea or plan. If he had a bad side I never saw it. He retained the ‘kid” inside that so many lose and was always game for whatever came his way. He modeled aging well. His last chapter in the magazine business was nothing short of amazing. He had a great life and he leaves a great legacy. My heart and thoughts are with you. Cheers to Chuck!

m mike watts April 7, 2020

To Chuck's family . I don't know that many of us have ever met anyone with more energy, new ideas , and all with a very positive attitude . We all need more like Chuck in the world .May he be at peace .
Mike Watts

L Lisa McNurlin April 6, 2020

To the family, I was saddened when I read the notice in the newspaper, my condolences. My memory is when the receptionist would call and say "Chuck Runbeck is here to see you." I knew i was going to have to come up with copy or an insert for the latest Southwest Graphics magazine or the Buyers Guide. I knew I needed to get to work!
He was always pleasant AND persuasive. God speed.

D Don Epley March 25, 2020

What a great guy ! Was always pleasure to see him pushing a full page ad in Southwest magazine always had a Smile.
Don Epley

M Margaret H. Bowden March 24, 2020

It was always a pleasure to spend time with Chuck.He was so proud of his wife and boys.EVERY ONE OF US will miss his big smile and rosy cheeks.I will miss his big hug on Sunday morning at Heritage Bible church. Margaret Bowden

S Sandy Moses March 23, 2020

He shall be missed by many. Thoughts love and prayers go out to all. Sandy

C Charlie Benson March 23, 2020

Kevin, Brian, Daniel, and all of your family, as well as your team at Runbeck Election Services, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. From your tribute, I see that he enjoyed a most-interesting life and career, and I know he will be greatly missed. With condolence, Charlie Benson, your Colonial Life agent

J Joan Westlake March 23, 2020

I so enjoyed working with Chuck when I was editor at Southwest Graphics. Great sales and marketing man and a great guy! Condolences to Kay and Kevin and all his family.

S Shenandoah Smith March 22, 2020

Bright eyes, always a smile and a laugh......Chuck was a good man with a kind soul. Who could ask for more?
You are in many hearts......

D Douglas Towne March 22, 2020

We at Arizona Contractor & Community only met Chuck later in life, when Billy Horner reached out to him a decade ago for guidance on how to launch this magazine. Chuck was happily retired and did not need work. But I suspect he liked our spunk at starting a print publication in the online era. Chuck was a born salesman and couldn’t resist the lure of being “back in the game.” We certainly needed him more than he needed us.

Yet, I like to think Chuck’s success in steering the publication and putting his reputation on the line to sign up our first advertisers helped him remain vital in his final years. Chuck was able to reconnect with old associates, make new friends, and mentor the staff, happy to know that he still possessed the marketing magic needed to make this long-shot vision became a reality.

Chuck’s absence will leave a huge void at the magazine. Thanks again, Mr. Runbeck, for passing on your wisdom, sharing your stories, and allowing us to team up with an old master for one last exciting ride to the print house. You will be missed.

R Richard and Linda Warren March 20, 2020

We always enjoyed chatting with Chuck at the annual Runbeck holiday party. It was very apparent that loved his family dearly and was especially proud of his children. He will be missed. Warm regards, Richard and Linda Warren

P Patricia Shafer March 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Brian. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful man. He will live on in you.❤

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