Obituary of Charles Ralph Runge
Our family is sad to announce the passing of Charles Ralph Runge on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, in Regina, SK at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Myrna (nee Obrigewitsch); children/grandchildren: Candace Runge (Scot Beaumont), Courtney Janotta (Cole Bentz), Jared Janotta (Amanda Ntiamoah); great-grand-daughter Jraya, Jackson Beaumont (Mikha Aguilar); Chuck Runge (Tina Zelinski), Taryn Runge (Idriss) and Tyana Runge; Susan Runge-McKeen (Duane McKeen), James and Nicholas Runge; Brian Runge (Mark Jaegli), Tyrone Elek. He was predeceased by his parents Catherine (nee Wolbaum) and Ralph Runge; mother-in-law Katherine (nee Berger) and father-in-law Roy Obrigewitsch; and sister-in-law Vivian Runge.
Charlie was born in Odessa, SK on January 3, 1938. It was a hard, difficult life on the farm growing up. He met Myrna Obrigewitsch in 1957 and they were married on April 18, 1959. They lived in Regina mostly over the years with shorter stays in Watrous, the farm near Davin, Odessa, Balgonie, then back to Regina.
Charlie was the best accordion player of his generation and loved playing with his band the Royales. Myrna, Chuck and Wayne played many years together with him at polka fests, community dances, weddings, anniversaries and weekly gigs at local clubs in the area. Losing his finger in an accident did not stop him as he made an extension for it so he could keep playing the music he loved. He loved dancing so much; you could hear his stomping on the dance floor from the other side of the room.
Charlie worked hard all his life in construction specializing in sheet metal application, air conditioning and gas fitting. He got along famously with his employers. He eventually owned his own business, Custom Heating & Ventilation, until he retired at the age of 60. Charlie was very devoted to his work and took pride in everything he did and accomplished.
Charlie loved to build things out of nothing. He could fix anything. And there was a hook on the wall for every tool he owned. Charlie had lists for everything and they were everywhere... we are still finding them.
Charlie lived with various mental health disorders most of his life, especially severe depression. Sadly, he did not accept any help or treatment which might have improved his well-being and life.
Complying with his last wishes, there will be no formal funeral. The family will gather with a memorial at a graveside interment next spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to any Cancer or Mental Health program of your choice may be made.