Archive for Wednesday, June 11, 2003


June 11, 2003


A memorial worship service for Paul Ernest Ruhlen, 37, Baldwin City, will be today at 10 a.m. at Ecumenical Christian Ministry, 1204 Oread, Lawrence. Inurnment will follow services at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Mr. Ruhlen died June 4, 2003, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1966, at Lawrence, the son of Ralph L. Ruhlen and Phyllis Louise Mellenbruch Ruhlen. He graduated from Baldwin High School. He had two degrees from Michigan State University, and a Masters Degree from Stanford University.

He was a computer science engineer and worked at G.E. Medical Systems Invasive Cardiology in Florida. He later became a full-time Doctoral Candidate at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. He was a member of Penn Valley Friends Church, Kansas City, Mo. He served as chairman on the executive board for Governance work with Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Ruhlen was an accomplished pianist. He was active in musical and theatrical productions. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Audio Readers.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1972.

Survivors include his father, Ralph Ruhlen, Baldwin City; brothers and sisters, James L. Ruhlen, Prairie Village; David S. Ruhlen, Lawrence; Thomas F. Ruhlen, Lake Quivira; Alice L. Blecha, Manhattan; Peter C. Ruhlen, Belle Plaine; Rebecca N. Ruhlen, Davidson, N.C. and 15 nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity or Friends Committee on National Legislation and sent in care of Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS 66030.


Memorial services will be at a later date for Charles S. Gordon, 78, Lawrence. Mr. Gordon died June 4, 2003, at Brandon Woods Retirement Center, Lawrence.

He was born Feb. 10, 1925, at Emporia, the son of Clarence A. and Helen (Smith) Gordon. He graduated from Grant Township High School in Stark. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, receiving an honorable discharge in January 1946. He earned a B.S. in Education from Emporia State Teachers' College and a Master's Degree in School Administration from Pittsburg State University. He did graduate work at the University of Kansas.

He taught in Marysville and later moved to Lawrence. He served as a teacher and principal at Lawrence Junior High (currently Central Junior High). He moved to California in 1957 and served as a teacher and administrator until his retirement in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Myers, Edgerton; Mary Mitchell, Baldwin City; Lori Tilson, Lawrence; two sisters, Jean Mattison, Lawrence, and Sue Bryant, Roeland Park, and four grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21 in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City. Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County or Alzheimer's Association and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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