Raised in South Bend, IN by parents Robert & Caroline Runnion.
Attended St. Adalberts school with his 3 sisters and brother. Graduated St. Joseph High School.
Attended lad later graduated Holy Cross College, as well as attended Notre Dame.
Graduated Southern Illinois College with a B.S. of Workforce Education and Development and CCAF degree in Criminal Justice. John has reserved over 21 years and retired as a Msgt in the Air Force before Retiring in 2011. He met his wife of 24 years in the Air Force and they had their 3 children in Hawaii.
They are now retired and live in the Omaha, Nebraska area.