LARNED - Olive Marie Ruehlen, 81, died Sept. 20, 2015 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, surrounded by her family and loved ones. Born on Nov. 10, 1933 on a farm next to a creek just north of Schaffer, She was the third daughter born to her parents, Ike & Lois (Russell) Scheideman.
She attended her first five years of schooling at a one room school called Stony Seven located south of Albert. She walked 1 ½ miles to school each day. Sometimes she and her sisters rode on a horse with their neighbor, Duane Rankin.
At the age of 9, her mother died and the family moved to Larned. She attended Larned schools and also began working at Wiggins Drug at the age of 15. She graduated from high school in 1951.
She moved to Kansas City to attend the National School of Aeronautics in 1955 and then to Dallas, Texas, for six weeks of training with Braniff Airways. She then returned to Kansas City where she worked for Braniff Airways in reservations. In December of 1956 she moved back to Larned where she was married to Marvin (Bud) Ruehlen on Christmas Day, 1956.
She gave birth to her son David Wayne Ruehlen on Feb. 15, 1958 and later her daughter Debra Marie Ruehlen Woods (David) on Jan. 25, 1960.
She was a stay-at-home mom and did custom sewing until March, 1976 when she started working at First National Bank & Trust of Larned. She retired on May 10, 1996.After her retirement, she and Bud did some traveling and also enjoyed being at home.
Olive was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Scheideman (1943), her father Ike Scheideman (1964), her sister Doris Alsen (1970), her sister Ethel Blackburn (1974), and her step-mother Blanche Epler Scheideman (2003).
She is survived by her husband Marvin Ruehlen of Larned, sister Karen Smith of Jerome, Idaho, her son David Wayne Ruehlen of Larned, her daughter Debra Ruehlen Woods and husband David Michael Woods of Larned, seven grandchildren: Jason (Jeslyn), Jeremy (Jessica), Joseph (Jessi), Jacob and Janae Woods (David Michael & Debra), and Sarah and Haley Ruehlen (David Wayne), and seven great-grandchildren: Taylor, Trinity, and Tuesday Woods (Jeremy & Jessica), Ethan, Natalie, and Logan Woods (Jason & Jeslyn), and Preslee Woods (Joseph & Jessi).
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Larned with Rev. Bethann Black presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church Trustee Department, in care of the Beckwith Mortuary, P.O. Box 477, Larned, KS 67550. Personal condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com
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Great Bend (Kans.) Tribune, Sept. 22, 2015