Bainbridge Island Review


Treanors span five generations

September 22, 2013 · 11:31 AM

Five generations of the Treanor family. In the back, from left is Ted Treanor Jr., Pam (Pennock) Treanor, and Peg (Runchey) and Ted Treanor Sr. In front, Steve Treanor (third generation, the eldest son of Ted Jr. and Pam), sitting next to his wife Gayle Treanor, and Samantha (fourth generation, Steve’s eldest daughter) and her husband Jerrod, joined by their son, 3-month old Jayden. / Photo courtesy of the Treanor family

Five generations of the Treanor family from across Kitsap County recently gathered for a photo on Bainbridge Island.

The legacy of five generations began in 1929. Peg Runchey (in the photo, upper right) was born in Winslow on Bainbridge Island, to Oliver and Ada Runchey. Oliver Runchey, in his youth, was a world champion wrestler, on the team for the Washington Athletic Club. Later, as a serial entrepreneur, he was the general manager of the ‘50s, hip, rock’n’roll radio station KOL.

Peg and Ted Treanor Sr. met on campus while attending the University of Washington. Peg and Ted were married in 1948. They have recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. During the first 10-years of marriage, the family grew by four children; Leslie, Ted Jr., Anne, and last but not least, Jim. Technically seven generations have come along since Ada Runchey’s parents, William and Sarah Taft, first arrived in Kitsap in the early 1900s, although the five surviving generations are very much alive, as evidenced in the photo.

A Guinness Book of World Records-like achievement for the Runchey family occurred in 1960 after all three Runchey daughters each produced a child on April 13, the same birthday as the proud grandfather, Oliver Runchey. April 13 birthday celebrations were something to behold.

Ted Treanor Sr. retired from Highline Community College as a career counselor. Peg Treanor also retired from education as a decorated special education teacher at North Kitsap Elementary School. They reside in the same family home on Bainbridge Island where they raised their children.

Ted Treanor Jr. (second generation) and Pam (Pennock) Treanor were school sweethearts at Bainbridge High School. They could hardly wait to begin with life’s plans, and were promptly married the day after high school graduation. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in June.

Ted Jr. and Pam’s children are Steve, Tera and Shay. They all live in Kitsap County (dispersed on Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Bremerton and Port Orchard).

Pam took the point guard position in raising the family and also worked several years for Harrison Medical Center.

Tera, following in her grandparents’ footsteps has a degree in education.

In December 2013, Tera will complete her special-ed teaching certification from Western Washington University, thanks to the amazing degree program hosted through Olympic College. She hopes to begin teaching a special education class in early 2014.

Shay Treanor is a multi-talented musician.

Steve Treanor (third generation), the eldest son of Ted Jr. and Pam Treanor, is married to Gayle Treanor. Samantha (fourth generation) is Steve’s eldest daughter from an earlier marriage. Jerrod and Samantha are the parents of 3-month-old Jayden, which makes the tot the fifth generation of the family.

After Steve spent 10 years in the Army, and 12 years in network computing with local, national and global clients, he is now the owner of Fine MSP managed computer networking services, handling the computers, Internet and phone needs of Kitsap County businesses.

Much to his father’s pleasure, Steve has an unwavering passion to help local business prosper. Ted Jr. is assisting his son Steve in developing a great sustainable business. Father and son, passionate for their community, have supported many fine organizations and economic development missions. Ted Jr. has been on the local boards of Bainbridge Day Care and Habitat for Humanity and supports numerous mission-based Kitsap organizations. Steve is on the board of West Sound Technology Association.


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