Sgt. David Ruhren
Sgt. David Alan Ruhren, 20, was killed in a terrorist attack in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004.
David's military career began as a JROTC recruit at Gar-field High School in Woodbridge at the age of 17. David went on to enlist in the Virginia Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer on Oct. 26, 2001. David was assigned to A Company, 229th Engineer Battalion, located in Fredericksburg. He was mobilized with the 276th Engineer Battalion Dec. 19, 2003, for their deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
David was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Anna Ruhren, in June 2000.
David is survived by his mother, his best friend, Sonja Ruhren of Stafford; grandparents, Chris and Dave Merrifield of Illinois; his uncles, Arnold Ruhren of Triangle, Scott Ruhren and his wife, Michelle, of Stafford, Joseph "Jo-Jo" Ruhren of Triangle and Christopher Merrifield of Illinois; aunts, Helen Ruhren of Woodbridge, Tammy McClung and her husband, Patrick, of Woodbridge, Christa Phoel and her husband, Karl, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Peggy Rutkoskie and her husband, Daniel, of Woodbridge, Jodi Jones and her husband, Brian, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Melissa Netsnick and her husband, Steve, of Illinois; and numerous cousins and other family members. Davis also is survived by his dearest friends, Jeremy Dallos, Spc. Joshua Hall, Laura Bagwell, Kimberly Evans, Spc. Michael Golding and his wife, Becky, and Sara Meier.
Friends and family will be received at Miller's Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial and memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gar-field Senior High School JROTC Program, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, Va. 22192.
Sonja Ruhren requests that any military personnel wishing to attend David's services attend in full dress uniform out of respect for her son. Sonja would like to thank you for keeping her and her family in prayer during this most difficult time, and she asks that you keep David's fellow soldiers, still serving overseas, in your thoughts and prayers.