February 21, 1964 ~ October 13, 2020

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

John Patrick Runyan passed away at his residence on October 13, 2020.

A native of Asheville, John was a son of the late Gene and Ann Duckworth Runyan and was also preceded in death by one brother, Mark Runyan.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Faye Fender Runyan; one daughter, Leslie Runyan Hurst (Ben); one son, Spencer Runyan and one brother, Scott Runyan.

John worked as a machinist at BorgWarner.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 17 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2501 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC 28791. The family will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Four Seasons Compassion For Life Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: October 17, 2020 3:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church
2501 Haywood Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. I remember a lot of great things about Patrick. He was so smart and so easy to talk to . I was a very young man when I first met Patrick working at BW. The other guys was busting my chops and I would get upset but he would always come to me and say “If they didn’t like you they would be busting your chops” . That was 20 years ago time sure does fly , He came over to my home a while back and I had no clue he was sick and we set and talked for a few hours . He gave me a hug before he left . Patrick was a great man and I know I’m all over the place with this post but I am in shock . I love ya buddy and Rest In Peace .

  2. Worked with “Pat” for about 25 years. I consider him a close friend. Always had great conversations about everything from Music to Life, and everything in between.
    I Pray that He is with our Lord Jesus at this very moment. Miss You Pat! ❤️

  3. Patrick was a great friend and co worker. He sure assisted me and kept the machining area run smoothly over the years. We had a lot of fun and good conversations and I have nothing but praise for the job he did. I’m heartbroken and literally at a loss for words. RIP my friend. We’re all gonna miss your bright smile.

  4. To my dad:
    May all of the days ahead of you be filled with happiness. You are in such a sweet place and I can only imagine what holidays and birthdays will look like in heaven. Give everyone a hug and kiss for me. We endured a tough year together, but our love for you was more than anything on this earth. I am more than thankful God hand picked you as my dad and even more grateful I was able to spend 28 years laughing with you. I truly could not have asked for a better childhood that was filled with so many adventures, music and just jamming out with you in the car. I also couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding day that you were apart of a year ago and I will forever be thankful you saw me through my first wedding anniversary on October 12th. I will never forget you running to the dance floor that night to get me and Ben to have our photographer take a picture with the full moon that night. You always had a way of showing your love through the smallest gestures. Your humor, smile and quirkiness will be forever missed. But I hope you know how proud we are of you for fighting so hard over the past year. God knew what heaven needed when you left this earth and it was your smile and love. Love you forever dad!

  5. I started working at BW in 2013 and Patrick helped me learn the machines even though he was on 2nd and I was on 3rd. He was a great guy to talk to about anything. He was always ready to help in any way he could. He will be missed by all that knew him,

  6. Patrick was my childhood friend. We did all kinds of stuff as kids and up to high school but one of our favorite things was listening to music. We were always listening to music. RIP Rut, see you on the other side man. I’m sorry I can’t make the service but I’m on the road with the band. We will play one for you tonight.


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