William Richard Ruhling

Born: 11/05/1931 Passed:

William Richard Ruhling, son of Frederick Richard Ruhling and Margaret Schäuble Graham Ruhling, and husband to Helen Ruhling (deceased) passed away July 28th, 2021. William grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Cathedral Prep High School where he found his love of boxing and joined a golden gloves boxing program. He attended Gannon University and graduated with a B.A. in 1954. While in college he met his wife, Helen Claire Sitter, whom he married in 1954.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps ROTC program while in college and served his country and the Corps from 1950 -1956. He was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lt.

Upon leaving the Marines he continued to serve his country as an assistant superintendent of range operations at Cape Canaveral, Florida. He then pursued a business career when offered a position at Owens Corning Fiberglass. Several years later he started his own business in Cleveland, Ohio making metal building insulation.

He loved fly fishing as well as racing his thoroughbred horses.  His later years were spent enjoying his grand and great grandchildren as well as watching his beloved Cleveland Browns. He was lovingly cared for by his daughters Catherine, Pamela, Laura, his son William, and caregiver Nancy Strange.

William is survived by his son William; daughters Catherine, Pamela, and Laura (Perko); daughter-in-law Kate Ruhling; son-in-law Daniel Perko; Grandchildren William R Ruhling, Devlin Ruhling, Ariel Ruhling, Andrew Perko, and Amanda Perko; Great Grandchildren Connor Ruhling, Delilah Ruhling, Roman Ruhling and Paige Knutson.

A funeral mass will be held on August 14th at 10:30 AM at St Barnabas Church in Northfield , Ohio

Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com

Heritage Cremation Society



1 Tribute to William Richard Ruhling

  1. Vic and Pat Voinovich says:

    We met Bill Ruhling approximately 3 years ago visiting him and his wife Helen, weekly, to take them the Holy Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ. Their worship of Jesus and the Eucharist was amazing and inspiring to us as their adopted ministers. We prayed, we read the gospel, and reflected on the important things of life and yes, death. They opened their home and hearts to us upon each visit and their love for each other and the Lord will be a lasting memory for us. We are so glad we had the privilege of knowing them. Helen passed away in May 2020 during the height of the Covid and Bill missed her immensely. We continued to visit Bill after her death and would often reminisce about her and their life together. Bill’s fragile health began to fail and yet he continued to seek the Lord through His Word and the Eucharist. He was a faithful man until his death. His family and support group are amazing people filled with compassion and love. Their family is a testament to who Bill and Helen were. Our last time with Bill, a few days before his death, was reciting a “Divine Mercy Chaplet” at his bedside with him mouthing some of the words. He died right around the 3 PM hour which is the prescribed hour to recite that prayer. We believe he is now with Helen, the love of his life and we praise God for their life and knowing them for this short period. They will be missed.
    Blessings and love to the Ruhling family,

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