George Runkle Jr. Mechanical engineer

A memorial Mass for George W. Runkle Jr., a retired mechanical engineer, will be at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Potomac.

Mr. Runkle, who had homes in Port Charlotte, Fla., and Monrovia, died Jan. 25 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte of complications following surgery for a brain tumor. He was 70.


Born in Washington, he was a graduate of Central High School and attended the University of Maryland.

Mr. Runkle served as a major in the Army Air Corps during World War II.


He retired from the H. Walter Redmile Co., a Germantown engineering firm, in 1979 and moved to Florida in 1986.

Mr. Runkle was president of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers from 1972 to 1976. He also was a member of the 449th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force, the Elks Club of Port Charlotte and the Knights of Columbus in Rockville.

His first marriage, to the former Mary Durden, ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Frances Benz, died in 1981.

Mr. Runkle is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Nancy K. Kresslein; a daughter, Mary R. Fortuna, and a son, George W. Runkle III, both of Rockville; his mother, Edith Pugh Runkle of Chevy Chase; a stepdaughter, Barbara Kresslein, and stepson, Joseph R. Kresslein, both of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Suite 335, 5350 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, Va. 22312.