Richard J. Ruhl

Richard J. “Dick” Ruhl, age 68, of Ellicott City and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Sunday, May 19, 2013. Born February 27, 1945, in Schenectady, N.Y., he was the son of Pauline Ruhl of Johnstown, N.Y., and the late Sheldon Ruhl. He was the husband of Joan P. Ruhl of Ellicott City.

Mr. Ruhl grew up and attended elementary, junior, and high school in Johnstown, N.Y. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from SUNY, Plattsburgh in 1966. He received a Master of Science in mathematics from The Ohio State University in 1968, and completed postgraduate studies in mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Ruhl had a distinguished career at the National Security Agency, serving his country for 45 years. Mr. Ruhl was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. His passions included gardening, running, and helping colleagues and friends.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are sons, Christopher Ruhl and his wife, Debbie of San Carlos, Calif., and Timothy Ruhl and his wife, Michelle of Suwanee, Ga.; grandsons, Matthew and Nicholas Ruhl of Suwanee, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Janifer Ruhl of Carmel, Indiana; sisters and brother-in-law, Janet Yermas of East Syracuse, N.Y., Diane Palmateer of Johnstown, N.Y., and Elaine and Kevin McCarthy of Delanson, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Contributions may be sent to the Fuel Fund of Maryland, P.O. Box 62266, Baltimore, MD 21264-2266 (, or to Gilchrist Hospice, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, MD 21045 (

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