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Jacob Addison Runge

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“My sorrow for your loss Skip and Shirley.. my recollection was a happy child that lived behind us in Shipyard. Laughing, a porch swing and some...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Vicki P. Maguire Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Words are so inadequate in times of profound sorrow. Dianna and I know the pain of a child's death. I pray that the day will come soon that his...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Harold Lewis - Richmond, VA

Jacob, James and myself
3 of 59 | Posted by: David Tate - Fisherville, KY


4 of 59 | Posted by: David Tate, III

“Coming up with the right words is difficult today as I think about Addison and his days at TA. He is one of those special kids with whom a teacher...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: Mary Silgals - Paducah, KY

“To the entire Runge family may God Bless you and wrap you in his tender care. I work with Addison at SCA, I will miss our special times at lunch."...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: susan brown - north chas., SC

“Skip, I am so sorry to hear of your son Addison. From the comments that are shared in this memory book, I can tell how wonderful he was. He was...Read More »
7 of 59 | Posted by: Linda Cart - Charleston, SC

“Skip, my sincere condolences to you and your wife. I cannot imagine the pain you and your wife of experiencing. I pray that you find comfort in the...Read More »
8 of 59 | Posted by: Barbara Robinson - Greenwood, SC

“My sincere condolences. There are no words to provide adequate comfort. ”
9 of 59 | Posted by: Steven Donaldson - johns island, SC


10 of 59 | Posted by: Marie Freeman - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Skip and Shirley - We are so sorry for your profound loss. Praying for peace for you and your family during this very trying time. May your...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: Karen Minogue - Murrells Inlet, SC

“To the Runge family. I am so sorry to read of your loss of Addison. I know he was a wonderful son and nephew. May his happy memories help to give...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Brenda Haile - Johns Island, SC

“Skip and Shirley there are no words to describe the loss one feels with a childs passing. At no time did we ever see Addison without his smile and...Read More »
13 of 59 | Posted by: Chuck Pegram Pegram - Greer, SC

“Skip and Shirley, My heart is sad for you both, but rejoicing in knowing that Jacob has seen the face of Jesus and will be singing in heaven. Please...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“Addison was a sport model. Someone I always looked forward to seeing.. we are so sorry for you loss. ”
15 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Shirley and Skip,It was truly wonderful to laugh and work with Addison at St Matthews. As High School Sunday school teachers, we had plenty...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Lisa Pearce - Charleston, SC

“Skip, I am so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your precious son! May God grant you the peace of his blessings and the strength to endure...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: Barbara Sypher - Cumming, GA

“My heart is broken with the news of the lose of this sweet young man. So many awesome memories of the good times with Addison and Jonathan. ”
18 of 59 | Posted by: Mary Mccutchen - Pawleys Island, SC

“Skip and Shirley, Our family is so sorry to hear of Addison's passing. We were all so fond of him as well of y'all. Every time one of us would bump...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: Tommy Connolly - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I feel I was blessed to have known Addison. We used to have "Problem Solving Wednesdays" when we'd work on brain busters. It was competitive to see...Read More »
20 of 59 | Posted by: kyle mock - summerville, SC

“Peace and Blessings. You were such a great musician and a positive influence. We don't always understand why God does the things He does, but I know...Read More »
21 of 59 | Posted by: Ross Scarborough - West Columbia, SC

“God gives you strength to bear this loss-- as only he can do. ”
22 of 59 | Posted by: maggie ruffin - murrells inlet, SC


23 of 59 | Posted by: Linda Jones - St. Simons Island, GA

“Addison was a pleasure to work with at the aquarium. He was a very nice young man. I will always remember his smile. Heaven has gained an angel. ”
24 of 59 | Posted by: Karen Victor - Goose Creek, SC

“Betty Ingle Bridgewater ”
25 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“Skip , Lori Wattay told me of your sons passing. I pray you find strength . ”
26 of 59 | Posted by: Camille McCardell - Nebo, NC

“So sorry to hear of Addison's leaving us. It's always tough when they depart at such a young age. However, please be comforted by the fact that God...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: Pastor Tom Cassem - John's Island, SC

“I was a classmate of Skip's from St. Andrew's. My deepest sympathy on the tragic loss of this beloved child of God. His tremendous spirit will...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Pam Harris Marshall - Duluth, GA

“I am more than deeply saddened that Addison, such an inspiring, loving, non-judging and selfless human being, has left us; but am comforted to know...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: Dot Mishoe - Raleigh, NC

“I was sad to hear this news. Addison was a fine young, talented man & will be sorely missed. My prayers go with you at this time. I pray for the...Read More »
30 of 59 | Posted by: Mikell Scarborough - Charleston, SC

“In loving memory of a wonderful great- nephew. In peace n' love to you all. ”
31 of 59 | Posted by: Kathy Jones - St. Simons Island, GA

“So very sorry for your loss. I will be praying for the family and friends of your loved one gone way too soon. May the Lord hold all of you in the...Read More »
32 of 59 | Posted by: Mary Jo Black - Loris, SC

“Shirley and Skip..what a wonderful and gifted boy you raised. Such sweet memories of Addison. Lauren was truly grieved by his death as we all have...Read More »
33 of 59 | Posted by: Debbie Nordstrom - Myrtle Beach, SC

“I am praying for the family. May God be with you during this time of great loss. ”
34 of 59 | Posted by: Marilyn Hodge - Florence, SC

“Shirley, I was so saddened to learn of Addison's passing. My heart goes out to you and your whole family ”
35 of 59 | Posted by: Phyllis Rogerson - Friend

“Your smile and your friendship will live in my heart forever. You will be missed. ”
36 of 59 | Posted by: Tina Davis - Charleston, SC

“Our heart breaks for you but we pray you are comforted and surrounded by God's presence in your grief. May the peace that surpasses all...Read More »
37 of 59 | Posted by: Lori and Alex Wattay - SC

“Jason sent the notice and it struck us all very hard. Such vivid memories of a wonderful spirit and being. God bless all of you. ”
38 of 59 | Posted by: Chuck Cocke - NC - Family Friend

“Aunt Shirley and Uncle Skip - may God grant you His peace in this very difficult time. We continue to keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Addison...Read More »
39 of 59 | Posted by: Timothy Runge - Indiana, PA

“I'm heartbroken for Addison, Skip and Shirley, one of the best families I've ever had the privilege to know. Addison was the kind of human being that...Read More »
40 of 59 | Posted by: Suzanne Kuker - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear this, Skip. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
41 of 59 | Posted by: Judy Kern - Florence, SC

“Skip and family Iam so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my prayers. I did not have the pleasure of knowing your son but he sounds like he...Read More »
42 of 59 | Posted by: Angela Bellamy - St.Stephen, SC

“I used to work with Addison at the Aquarium and he was a shining star. He always had a smile on his face - and was just the most positive bright...Read More »
43 of 59 | Posted by: Shelley Dearhart - Charleston, SC

“Addison was the bright spot in our day at the SC Aquarium. He always had a funny story to share, a new recommendation for a great place to eat or...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: Connie Walpole - Charleston, SC

“Some light has left this world with the passing of Addison. He was a sunny smile that greeted anyone who met him. The world has lost a true spark of...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: Deborah Bowker - Charleston, SC

“Dear Shirley and Skip,I am so very sorry Addison has left us. He was such a special person in so many ways. He unknowingly brought your Family so...Read More »
46 of 59 | Posted by: Powell Fisher - North Palm Beach, FL

“So, so saddened to hear of Addison's passing. What a lovely photo of a fine young man with such a joy for life. That smile says it all about Addison....Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Victor Salvo - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I taught Addison at TA and remember his leg surgery and all the recovery that he went through back then. He ever complained! He had a good heart, was...Read More »
48 of 59 | Posted by: Ursula Ferguson - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Rest In Peace my sweet special nephew. Run now like you have never run before, I know you have enjoying. I will miss your sweet smile, laughter and...Read More »
49 of 59 | Posted by: Deborah Clark - Myrtle Beach, SC

“Oh, I am so very sorry for your loss; this is so hard. Please know that my prayers are with the Runge family; may God grant you what you need as you...Read More »
50 of 59 | Posted by: Celie Metz Addy - SC

“Skip, so very sorry to hear of the death of your son, Addison. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you, my friend. ”
51 of 59 | Posted by: Jenny Almers - Charleston, SC

“I will always remember the care and happiness Addison shared at church with our youth and the positive impact he made. Addison you will be missed...Read More »
52 of 59 | Posted by: Paul Wieters - Charleston, SC

“Skip,I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son. Please accept my condolences to you, your wife and the rest of your family. Please know...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Robin Gravely - Charlotte, NC

“I will always remember Addison as one of my better students.And, as a very kind and caring person.Go with God Addison. ”
54 of 59 | Posted by: William Gettys - Charleston, SC

“The music and movie world has lost one heck of a critic. Such a fun and nice guy. I was just reading his posts a few days ago. Rest in peace Addison. ”
55 of 59 | Posted by: Meredith Jenkinson - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear of Addison's death. What a kind and gentle young man. Peace to you.claire ”
56 of 59 | Posted by: claire - Mount Pleasant,, SC

“Addison, you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of all your aquarium family. Thank you for being the fun-loving and supportive coworker...Read More »
57 of 59 | Posted by: Lee Baldonado - Charleston, SC

“Addison and I had a close friendship that was close to being like brotherhood and I'm so sad that he died so soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to...Read More »
58 of 59 | Posted by: David Tate - Fisherville, KY

“Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I taught Addison back in 2008/2009 at TA & have kept in contact with him through FB. He was such a fine...Read More »
59 of 59 | Posted by: Bailey Hardman - Charleston, SC


Jacob Addison Runge, 27, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 23, in The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street at 2:00 pm with burial to follow in the churchyard.

Addison was born September 5, 1990, in Conway, SC, son of Edgar Gustave "Skip" Runge, Jr. and Shirley Bishop Runge. He graduated from Trident Academy in 2009. He attended Brevard College where he studied music performance and was a gifted vocalist. Addison worked in guest relations at the South Carolina Aquarium, where he loved feeding and interacting with God's creatures of the sea. He was a member of The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, and a part of its family of church musicians.

He is survived by his parents of Mount Pleasant, SC; paternal grandmother, Irma Jayne Runge of Mt. Pleasant; aunts and uncles, The Rev. Richard and Lois Runge of Charlotte, NC, The Rev. Melvin and Dr. Mary Runge Jacob of Maitland, FL, Dr. Jeffrey and Ginny Runge of Chapel Hill, NC, Ms. Deborah Bishop Clark, Van and Cara Bishop Hendrix of Myrtle Beach, SC, and David and Mary Ann Bishop, of Pawley's Island, SC.Addison was a music aficionado with broad musical taste.

He was known for his infectious laugh and his mellifluous baritone, which he applied to choirs in several churches in Charleston. He was proficient in diverse musical genres, among them 80s music and traditional sea chanteys which he enjoyed singing with his dad. He seemed never to hear a lyric that he could not remember. He amazed his family when he and his dad could reproduce entire scenes from Monty Python in antiphonal recitation. Addison was foremost a devoted Christian who most valued his personal relationship with God. His life was centered around his Lord from beginning to end. He treated everyone with love and respect, and he did his best to follow the example of Jesus.

His work at the SC Aquarium gave him special insight into God's creation, and he worked diligently to learn about it and share it with the aquarium guests. How blessed we are when God allows a child to come into our lives to become our teacher. Addison was an outstanding teacher to friends and family alike. He was an outstanding example of patient endurance, courage, perseverance, and strength as he continually faced enormous challenges throughout his life. He was forever optimistic, refused to dwell on the negative, enjoyed life to the full, and accepted with grace his limitations without complaint. His sense of humor was contagious, and all who knew him loved him. His heart for God was tender and pure.

His life, though brief, leaves a deep impact and a lasting inspiration upon us all.At times God sends the world a teacher we never forget whose life continues to speak long after we leave the classroom.

Addison was God's gift to this world, and all who knew him are better people because of his presence among us.

Memorials may be made to the Sea Turtle Care Center at the SC Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC, 29401.