Gowrie – Jayne Victoria (Krebs) Runge 104, of Osage, Iowa, formerly of Gowrie and Fort Dodge, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage. Funeral Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Dodge. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Church until service time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.
Jayne is survived by her son Norman (Dee) Runge of Independence, MO; daughter Marilyn Kay Swenson (Jim) of Osage, IA; daughter-in-law, Peggy Runge of Northfield, MN; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and nine great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman; infant sons, Wilbur and Alan; son Kenneth Runge; grandson Bruce Runge; her parents; two brothers, Ernest and Charles Krebs; and sister Julia Carlson.
Jane Victoria Krebs was born in the family home in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 10, 1915, to Ernest C. and Lena L. (Phelps) Krebs. Her mother passed away during an influenza epidemic shortly after giving birth to a sister, Julia L., when Jayne was three years old. To keep the children together, they moved into the home of their maternal grandmother, Victoria Phelps, in Logan, Ohio, who was living on a Civil War widow's pension. Jayne finished eighth grade in Logan, then moved to Davenport, Iowa, to live with her father, stepmother, and her half-brother, Charles, to finish high school. She attended the University of Iowa School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1937. Jayne married Dr. Norman W. Runge on December 5, 1937. The couple moved to Fort Dodge, where Doc opened his dental practice. Jayne worked as a nurse at Lutheran Hospital and did private duty nursing later during the polio epidemic. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and Doc and Jayne were both members of the Fort Dodge Dance Club. Upon the start of WWII, Doc joined the US Navy and was assigned to St. Louis. The family moved there until he was assigned to New Guinea in 1944. After the war, the family moved back to Fort Dodge. They were among the founding members of Bethel Lutheran Church, now renamed Good Shepard. In 1956, Doc moved his practice to Gowrie. Jayne worked as his receptionist and gardening partner. They were members of Zion Lutheran Church and she served in many positions on District boards. She also served on the Gowrie Historical Society Board for many years and was a longtime member of the Kensington Club of Gowrie.
Jayne celebrated her 100th birthday on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa with over 50 family and friends attending. She was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Jayne helped many friends in their special time of need.