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Dennis Gene Ruehlman

Died: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Age: 59
Dennis Gene Ruehlman, 59, Rockford, Ill., formerly of Rochelle, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, after a brief recurrence of cancer.

He was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Harvard, Ill., the son of Lyle and R. June Schacht Ruehlman.

He married Rita Krzyzek May 9, 1970, in Cherry, Ill.

He was a 1961 graduate of Alden-Hebron High School and a 1966 graduate of the University of Illinois. For 30 years, he worked in various human-resource positions for Del Monte (later, Silgan Containers Corp.) in Rochelle.

He was grateful to the Minnesota family who donated a son's lung to him in January 1996.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Hannah, who attends law school in Champaign, Ill., and Laura, who attends Taylor University in Upland, Ind.; his mother; and a sister, Marilynn Dyer, Lake Geneva. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennafer, on April 18, 1994; his father; a sister, Nancy; and a brother, Mark.

Visitation was at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. Funeral services were held at Maywood Evangelical Free Church, 3621 Samuelson Road, Rockford, with the Rev. Dave Currie officiating. Interment was in Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle. The family suggested memorials to a fund at Maywood Evangelical Free Church, Rockford.For information call (815)562-4534.

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