Ted H. Ruhling

Ted (Theodore) H. Ruhling, Sr., 89, passed away quietly at home on October 17, 2013, surrounded by loving family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, and granddaughter, Teddi Hayes. He was fortunate to find love again and is survived by his wife, Mary Lou. He is also survived by five children, Ted Ruhling, Kathleen Martin, Amanda Fletcher, Andrew Snell and Samantha Snell; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Bartholomew, Brandi Ruhling, Jason Jennings, Errin Tosh, Juston Jennings, Matthew Fletcher, Emily Franks, and Shaunay Martin; five great grandchildren, Maci, Abriella, Benjamin, Molli and Addison. 

Ted lived life to its fullest and had many interests in inventing, travel, antique cars and boats, and most of all, enjoying his family. Ted lived in Lee’s Summit, MO for many years, moving later in life to Granbury, TX. As a WWII veteran he proudly and courageously served his country receiving several medals and honors, including two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Soldiers Medal and the Missouri Medal of Heroism. A military service is scheduled at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048 for 11:00 AM, Friday October 25, 2013, arrangements through Heartland Cremation and Burial, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund c/o Benjamin Pettus 801 NE Jamestown Ct. Blue Springs, MO 64014-1847 may be given in memory.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff from Encompass and Freedom hospice for their assistance and kindness during this time.


  1. Andrea Johnston on October 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Mr. Ted (Tedwina/ inside joke) you sir will forever hold a special place in my heart, It was one of my greatest honors to have been able to work for you for six years, you taught me so much. I loved to listen to your stories and I admired you so much more. We say goodbye to you with deep sorrow in our hearts becuase we will miss your presence. You sir go rest high on the mountian, go spread your wings and soar.
    To your family that is left behind, May all your happy memories help to ease the sorrow that you feel.

  2. Jeanne Bartholomew on October 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. God bless you all.
    The Bartholomew and Stiritz families.

  3. Todd Bennett on October 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

    While I never had the pleasure of getting to know you personally, I heard a great deal about you from Samantha. I was particularly fascinated to hear about your service to our country during WWII. Thank you for being one our nation’s true heroes and may you rest in peace.

  4. Ulyses M. Vazquetelles on October 30, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Ted, however, his sacrifices during his service to our country deserves our collective respect forever more. My condolences to the entire family. Our prayers are with you all..

  5. German Esparza on November 2, 2013 at 2:24 am

    My condolences to the entire family

  6. Sal Khurshid on November 2, 2013 at 2:43 am

    My salute to your late dad Samantha, and my condolences to the family.

  7. Keith Franklin on November 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Samantha, I am saddened to hear of passing of your dad, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  8. Shiraz & Shawkat Choudhury on November 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Though we never met Ted personally, we heard a lot about him from Samantha. A great guy!! Our condolences to the family for their loss. May God rest Ted in heavenly peace…Amen.

  9. Mary Traveland on February 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Ted . . Allan & I at Dickson Brothers were your Nycon customers for 25+ years. You will be missed by your family, friends, and business associates ever so much. My life was enriched for having known you. You did what was right, not what was easy. You had integrity, and were a great example to us all. Mary Lou, I send my sympathy for your loss.

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