Nicholas Runtz

Alton |

Nicholas “Nick” Runtz, 68, died at 4:07 a.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home in Godfrey with his wife by his side.   He was born May 28, 1954, in Alton the son of the late Lewis Runtz and Patricia (Woulfe) Runtz, of Alton.  He retired from the Madison County Transit Authority as a vanpool service coordinator. Nick enjoyed motorcycles, but his deepest passion was for Mopars with having a multitude of cars throughout his life.   On October 21, 2000, in Alton, he married Sheryl Gaines, and she survives, they met each other late in life and didn’t have the opportunity to have their own family, but they did discover they were soul mates. Also, surviving is his mother Patricia Runtz of Alton, one brother, Michael Runtz (Jean) of Godfrey two sisters, Pamela Drew (Daniel) of Alton and Cheryl Ingle (Gary) of Alton,  a step-granddaughter, Kylie Bowers, and multiple nieces and nephews.  Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Jamie Bowers.   Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  Father Steven Janoski will officiate.  Burial will be private.  Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Additional information and an online guest book may be found at

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Gent Funeral Home

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