Theodore G. Runberg (Ted), 84, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Rose Terrace Facility in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Ted was born July 24, 1932, to Eric and Marjorie (King) Runberg, in Potlatch, Idaho and the oldest of three children. He was raised in the "Company Town" of Potlatch, graduating from high school in 1951. Ted attended the University of Idaho, graduating from there in 1955. Ted and Jeanne McAlexander were married in 1954 and together they had four children, they later divorced.
Ted served two years in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Returning to Clarkston, Washington, he started his educational career as a teacher, and then moved to Spokane, Washington working as an Administrator for the Spokane School District. Ted took an early retirement and became a landscaper for a few years. In 1989, he went back into education as he was hired as an elementary guidance counselor for the Bonner County School District in Priest River, Idaho. At this time, he met Rita (Roberts) Rusho and there were married in 1995. Together they enjoyed traveling, gardening, and entertaining at their home on the Pend Oreille River. Ted was also very interested and involved in working in the local area on economic development.
Ted is survived by his wife, Rita, a brother Donald, a sister Kay, daughter Kristine (Jeff) Smith, sons, Mark (Dee), Todd, Brian (Katie) Runberg, stepsons, Geoffrey (Linda), Scott (Tammie), Keith (Tracy) Rusho, thirteen grand children, and three great-grandchildren.
At Ted's request, there will be no service and the family will gather later in the summer for a celebration of his life and burial.