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Joseph “Jake” Ruhl Obituary – Oklahoman

Joseph “Jake” Charles Ruhl, 93, of Guthrie, OK was born September 22, 1929 in Cashion, OK to Joe and Annabelle (Moore) Ruhl. He passed away on Friday September 23, 2022.

Jake graduated from Cashion High School with the class of 1947. He married Barbara Griffin on March 12, 1951 in Navina, OK and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2022.

Jake joined the Oklahoma National Guard at Kingfisher while in high school and was still proud to have been part of Company M, 179th Infantry, 45th Division. The Division was mobilized in September 1950 for training at Ft. Polk, LA and then deployed to Korea in 1951. Returning home he remained active in the National Guard and was honorably discharged and took his retirement in 1989 as a colonel.

Along with his wife, Jake owned and operated Ruhl Distributing Inc. in Guthrie and surrounding areas for 47 years before retiring in 2008.

He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 58 and Past Commanding Officer, VFW Post 4578 and Past Commanding Officer and Association of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division. Jake enjoyed hunting, especially the annual pheasant trips to South Dakota for many years. Jake and Barbara enjoyed traveling, revisiting Korea twice, Europe, England, the islands and many states in the United States.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene Ruhl; sisters, Betty Frazier and Dorothy Burns; grandson, Jason Ruhl; and his son-in-law, Gregg Ramsey.

Jake is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara; son, Joe Ruhl, Jr. and wife, Jan de Guthrie; daughters, Cheryll Lingerfelt and husband, Robert de Guthrie and Tamera Ramsey of Oklahoma City. Jake also leaves several grandchildren: Nichole Sterkel and her husband, Brian, Adam Schuster, Jennifer Finch, Amanda Shields and her husband, Parker, Steven Kriz and his wife, Ashleigh, Lauren Blake and Lindsey Caldwell. He is also survived by many great-grandchildren: Natalie Caldwell, Anna and Caroline Sterkel, Nora and Brody Finch, Sophia Schuster, Hannah, Jacob and Sarah Shields, Joy and Camren Blake as well as his brother, Johnnie Ruhl of Kingfisher , OK .

A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2022 at Smith-Gallo Funeral Home. Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and interment will follow at Summit View Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie.

Visitation will be held at Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 411 North Elm St., Guthrie, OK 73044 or to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank Companion Hospice, especially Amy and Amber and her caregivers, Bill Wilson and Angela Collier for their compassionate care.

Friends can sign the guestbook online at

Posted on September 24, 2022

Posted in The Oklahoman