William F. Ruehl Sr., 89

Sales manager, Mason

August 22, 2007

William F. Ruehl Sr., a retired welding-sales manager who was active in church and Masonic affairs, died Saturday of pulmonary edema at National Lutheran Home in Rockville. He was 89.

Mr. Ruehl was born in Baltimore and raised on West Pratt Street. He was a vocational school graduate and went to work in 1936 as an assembly- line welder at the General Motors plant on Broening Highway.

In 1941, Mr. Ruehl joined Union Carbide Corp. as an expert welder and was often called on to perform difficult jobs, such as working on the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington and the atomic bomb at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

He worked in welding-equipment sales for Southern Oxygen from 1956 to 1966, when he joined Air Products. He was division sales manager when he retired in 1979.

After he retired, Mr. Ruehl and his son were co-owners of Skatehaven, a Frederick roller rink they operated until the 1990s.

Mr. Ruehl, who had lived in Frederick and Ellicott City, was a member of St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Lutheran Church in Catonsville. Later, he was a member of Second English Lutheran Church in Frederick.

He was a Mason and a member of the Boumi Temple.

He enjoyed golfing.

From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Ruehl was a trustee of National Lutheran Home, where he had lived since 1996.

His wife of 63 years, the former Helen Lee Pfeiffer, died in 2003.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at National Lutheran Home, 9701 Biers Drive.

Surviving are a son, William F. Ruehl Jr. of Frederick; a daughter, Susan Clack of Columbia; a sister, Elizabeth Smith of Catonsville; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

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