Runyan Deere

Obituary Notice

Runyan Elton Deere, of Little Rock, died Sunday, August 21, 2005.  He was born May 13, 1919.  Runyan was a lifelong resident of central Arkansas attending the University of Arkansas through Master’s Degree and PhD in Agriculture Administration attending the University of Wisconsin.  He first retired from the Cooperative Extension service having been a county agent, District Agent and Director of Health Education over 30 years with the organization.  His second retirement from UAMS as a Professor allowed him to spend full time as a dedicated farmer in Saline County.  He was a Farm Bureau Board member.  He was a past member of Rotary International, Club 99, where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.  He had been active as a member of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church.  He was Deacon Chairman, Sunday school teacher, and Deacon emeritus.  He served on a pastoral search committee.  He mentored many, provoking thought and insight.

His son Robert Thomas Deere preceded him in death.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, George Etta Deere of Little Rock, daughter Linda F. Deere, MD, daughter-in-law Wordna H. Deere, grandchildren Jesse and Amy Deere, and numerous nieces and nephews.   

There will be a funeral service today, Tuesday at 10am at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Randy L. Hyde and Dr. Tom Greer.  Burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

The family will receive visits from friends in the church parlor prior to the service. 

Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights Baptist Church or to the charity of choice.



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  • We offer our sincerest sympathies. We are sorry for your loss.
    Bill, Betty and Susanna McLehaney
    Benton Arkansas

  • Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Dub Allen
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Linda, our prayers are with you and your family; my Mother, Letha Wheeler, was especially close to your Mom and Dad. Sincerely,
    Robert Wheeler
    Austin, Texas


  • Hi Linda, Our Heavenly Father knows right where you and your family are and He is watching over you with love and compassion and comfort. May you find strength in knowing that your father is now "singing with the saints" and is waiting until the day you will be reunited with him. May God give you, your mom, and family members comfort and peace in the days ahead.
    Tom Reed
    Administrative Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene
    Odessa, Texas


  • Linda, sorry to hear about your dad, our thoughts are with you. Stay Safe, Sandy
    Sandy Eisele, Ph.D.
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Mrs. Deere and Linda ~ I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have so many memories of us all growing up together. We are fortunate to have had the lives we had back then. I have a photgraph of Linda and I before one of our ballroom dance lessons, I think. Please know that our family has you in our hearts and prayers at this time.
    Dr. Kathryn Magruder Brazauskas
    St. Marys, Georgia


  • My sympathy to you and your Mother in the loss of your Father.
    Marilyn Brodie Archer
    De Queen, Arkansas


  • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Barrier
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Linda: Our thoughts are with you ... and we pray that Peace will be with you and your family during this time of loss and reflection. I hope the following scripture verses help reconcile your loss knowing that your Dad is now smiling in the presence of our LORD. 2Cor 5:6-8; Eccl 12:6-7.
    Don Keene, Sr. and family
    Sherwood, Arkansas