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John E. Ruhnke

August 13, 1967 — January 16, 2017

Marion- John E. Ruhnke, age 49, of Marion, passed away at 3:02pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. John was born in Flemington, New Jersey on August 13, 1967, the son of Louis and Dorothy (Bratsko) Ruhnke. He married Lori Moon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on September 19, 2007.  Together, they have three precious angels whom were awaiting their Daddy in Heaven. John was a proud United States Army Veteran.  He worked as a paramedic and EMS instructor, where he received numerous awards. He was very passionate about EMS and was known throughout many communities for his service. We grieve for our loss but celebrate the difference he made in so many lives. Survivors include his loving wife- Lori (Moon) Ruhnke of Marion Two sons- Chance and Megan Ruhnke of Oklahoma Justice Ruhnke of Oklahoma Daughter- Halie Westenhofer of Oklahoma Two Granddaughters One Grandson Mother- Dorothy Ruhnke of Allentown, Pennsylvania Four brothers- Jerry Ruhnke of Lebanon, Pennsylvania Jeff Ruhnke of Allentown, Pennsylvania James and Carol Ruhnke of Prospect, Kentucky Jay and Sunita Ruhnke of Percellville, Virginia Sister- Jill Ruhnke of Allentown, Pennsylvania Mother-in-law- Donna Moon of Marion Brother-in-law- Todd and Heidi Schisler of Greeley, Colorado Several Nieces and Nephews Countless Friends and Coworkers His beloved fur-babies John was also preceded in death by his father as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be held from 5-9pm on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Blue Funeral Home. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or an animal shelter of the donor's choice. For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

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