Archive for Wednesday, June 18, 2003


June 18, 2003


A memorial worship service for Paul Ernest Ruhlen, 37, Baldwin City, was June 11, at Ecumenical Christian Ministry, 1204 Oread, Lawrence. Inurnment followed services 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 and was the first National Merit Scholar recipient. He had two degrees from Michigan State University, and a Master's 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, Ph.D., 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.

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