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Clyde Joseph Runyon was born May 11, 1939 in Chattaroy, West Virginia to Clyde Runyon and his wife Edna Ruth Burns. His father was a coal miner, injured in the mines.
Joseph grew up very poor. At one time his family lived in a chicken coop. He worked from an early age to both help support his family and to put food in his own stomach. This gave him a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility, as well as a great compassion for those in need.
Joseph joined the Marines at 17 in an effort to stay out of the mines. He had a lifetime love of the Marine Corps. Due to the Corps his horizons were expanded. He was given a better education (gaining his GED) and even greater educational opportunities. He received a larger world view due to his travels. He learned of other cultures. This opened the opportunity to learn acupuncture before it became popular in the West. His time in the Marines included two tours of duty in Viet Nam. A friendship that lasted until death brought separation after close to 50 years.
After leaving the Marines he worked for a time for the Air Force as a civilian worker. And after several other jobs he found his love – bringing health and healing to his patients. He was a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College. He obtained a degree as a Naturopathic Doctor. He expanded his knowledge of acupuncture. Joseph never stopped learning. He attended seminars even after retiring. He taught other doctors for many years. He taught technique and acupuncture. Joseph had a nutrition program on KCXL radio for 15 years.
He enjoyed umpiring for many years. At various times he was a member of Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters International, American Academy of Pain Management, American Naturopathic Medical Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, National Rifle Association, NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. life membership, and Marine Corps League life membership, The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Ambassador’s Society of Cleveland Chiropractic College at Kansas City, International Craniopathic Society, Fellow of the Acupuncture Society of America and many more.
April 11, 1981 Joseph married the former Donna L. Harris in Gallup, New Mexico. He died October 11, 2014 at home. He is survived by his wife; daughters Kimberley Runyon of Independence, MO and Davita (Brian) Harm of Oak Grove, MO.; son Damon R. Runyon of Independence; grandchildren Aaron Runyon of Independence, Anna Sowards of West Virginia, Kian, Sebren and Riordan Trey Harm of Oak Grove; and great granddaughter, Isebella Brashear of West Virginia; sister Joyce Wolfram of Hamlin, West Virginia; brother Charles Ronald Runyon of Newark, Delaware and various nieces and nephews; and his “Hawaiian Mom” Louise Gregson and her family. He was preceded in death by his father Clyde Runyon; mother Edna Ruth Burns; step-father James Meador, sister Ruth Runyon; brothers John Frank and Robert G. Runyon. A visitation will be held 1-2 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Heartland, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, 64133. A memorial service will follow at 2PM.