Alan E. Runkel

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Alan E.

Click here to view the services held for Alan E. Runkel on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

    • Memorial Visitation to be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (12860 W. North Ave. Brookfield, WI.) from 9am-11am
    • Funeral Service to follow at PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (12860 W. North Ave. Brookfield, WI.) at 11am
    • Private interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery

Runkel, Alan E.

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the age of 85 years.  Cherished husband of Lila (nee Buchanan). Loving father of Pam (Jeffrey) Bernstein and Jeffrey (Rachael) Runkel.  Step-father of Jenny (Paul) Rushizky and Leslie (Topher) Adams.  Grandfather to Josh, Shirley, Quinn, Eric, Layna and Ruby.  Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by first wife Shirley (nee Chovan) and grandson Jeremy.

Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at PEACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (12860 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI.) from 9-11AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM.  Private Interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery.

During his deployment in the U.S. Army, Al had the honor of working on the first generation of computers – the ENIAC.  He was a proud employee of Allis Chalmers for many years, rising to managerial levels. Later opportunities presented themselves for consultant work in Business Practices and Efficiencies with Payco American, MGIC and Aurora.  As a hobby, he nurtured his rose garden, took photographs and watched Wisconsin sports.  Al was a pillar of the Peace United Methodist congregation, serving in many roles of leadership.

In lieu of flowers donations to Peace United Methodist Church appreciated.





  1. Mary April 24, 2022 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I will definitely miss Al, I was one of his caregivers for the last few years. Him and his family kinda became mine. We loved to go for walks, sit out in the sun and listen to Neal Diamond. Sundays were our favorite Packer day. I will truly miss you.

  2. Mary April 24, 2022 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Addendum to my memory above he was a awesome Yahtzee player, he usually won every game myself, Lyla and he would play. 🎲

  3. Virginia Price April 27, 2022 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Appreciate knowing Al has passed away. Al’s first wife Shirley and I taught and roomed together in Port Washington and seeing Al’s obit has brought so many memories of Al and what a wonderful, caring person he always was. My sympathies to Pam and Jeff who I only knew as small children. Your mom loved you so dearly.. I am very glad to hear Al had a good life after losing Shirley.

  4. Linda May 1, 2022 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I was fortunate enough to work with Al at MGIC. He was always gracious, kind, gentle, with a smile, and ready for a laugh. Thanks for the good memories Al!.

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