Richard H. “Dick” Ruhl
May 24, 1921 ‒ May 22, 2009
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Richard H. “Dick” Ruhl, age 87, of Mount Gilead, died Friday morning, May 22, 2009, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home.
On May 24, 1921, Dick was born at his home in Morrow County, the son of the late Ira and Mable (Hildebrand) Ruhl. He attended Johnsville schools.
A proud veteran of World War II, Dick joined the U.S. Army and fought for his country in their tank battalion in the Battle of the Bulge, European Theatre, and in the Invasion of Normandy, France. Having earned the rank of sergeant, he also had served as a drill instructor.
Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Dick returned to New London, Ohio, where he owned and operated a bowling alley, where he was also the cook. No one could make spaghetti quite like Dick could. Later, Dick purchased a semi and hauled freight and burial vaults.
A skilled workman, Dick then began building homes from the ground up. As a self employed contractor, he had built over 40 homes throughout Morrow County. Upon retiring, he could not give up working so he continued operating a backhoe for several more years.
Able to fix anything, Dick loved working on small engines and he had restored several old tractors. Also, he enjoyed reading “Antique Power” magazines and visiting their shows.
Very set in his ways, Dick had his own way of doing things, “but he was always there for you.” He surely was a character… “he was Dick.”
Dick will be missed by his two step sons: Don (Barbara) Queen of Mount Gilead, and their children: Diane (Craig) Irwin of Mansfield, and David Queen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Bob (Diana) Queen, and their son, Steve (Kim) Queen, both of Mansfield; one brother, Lowell (Phyllis) Ruhl of Mount Gilead; four sisters: Eunice Denton of Galion, Esther Haring of Akron, Shirley (Joe) Lloyd of Marengo, and Zelda (Donald) Gill of Farmington, New Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Beck Ruhl; second wife, Lovene Queen Ruhl; brother and sister-in-law, Walter “Joe” & Nancy Ruhl; infant brother, Virgil Ruhl; and two brothers-in-law: Lowell Denton and William Haring.
Per Dick’s request, his services will be held privately by his family. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will be held in Shauck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.
Those who wish to express their sympathies to his family may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.