Franklin Ruhl Jr.


Franklin Ruhl, Jr., 71, a long time Rochester resident, died peacefully on July 19, 2022.

Frank was born in Chicago, IL, on September 25, 1950, to Franklin, Sr. and Norma (Maki) Ruhl. The family moved to Rochester in 1963. Frank graduated from John Marshall High School in 1968, where he was active in music and theater. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Art History, after finishing the first of three stints in the U.S. Army, the last of which was completed during Operation Desert Storm.

Frank will be remembered for his wry wit, humor, and exceptional musical abilities by his surviving siblings, Charles (Cathie) of Melbourne, Australia, John (Peggy) of Leon, KS, Ann (Brad Carlson) of Plymouth, MN, Chris of Monterey, CA, and Paul (Maria) of Prior Lake, MN, and by his many nephews and nieces. No family gathering was complete without Frank providing piano accompaniment and highly entertaining family storytelling. He also found fulfillment in community service, most notably at the local food bank. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private memorial service is planned.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Frank may be shared at

6 thoughts on “Franklin Ruhl Jr.

  1. Frank was definitely a favorite Uncle for all of us nieces and nephews!! So fun to be around, so many stories, so many good memories. He will be missed! Not to mention a genius level piano player. Heaven just got a phenomenal new member of their band.

  2. Frank was one of a kind. Many in his high school will remember his piano performance in a talent show at John Marshall as well as his performances in plays. Most of those in the band and other classes will respect and remember him. Several of us were lucky enough to hear him play piano in smaller settings as well. I went to Hiawatha Valley music (band) camp with Frank. Much later, he generously shared his musical talents at the U one afternoon as I played flute to his accompaniment (he sight-read anything put in front of him). After our 50th high school reunion, I was able to arrange a lunch with our junior high school geography teacher, Mr. Zander. Frank was able to attend that memorable mini reunion. Afterward, I followed him over to the church where he played piano for me once again.
    I am quite sure Frank had many hidden talents, skills, and history as well. I have the feeling that he may have played a huge part in the army. I never heard any hints or stories, but I would guess that he may have dealt with intelligence in some way.

    I had just tried reaching Frank in May to let him know about our reunion next summer.
    I will miss him — his voice, his laughter, his intelligence and talent, and his quirky personality. He was truly one of a kind.

  3. Thank you so much Eileen for your lovely reminiscence of Frank! Without a doubt his high school years at John Marshall were one of the happiest, if not the happiest times of his life. Fortunately we were able to salvage his 1968 senior year high school yearbook. We were perusing it today and there is a great photo of you helping him to prep for one of his theatrical performances. Hopefully you still have that too. And yes – he was truly one of a kind.

  4. And thank you Pete! Thank you especially for your piano tribute to Frank – I can think of no more perfect or moving tribute to him and his musical gifts. You really evoked his presence – and I am sure he would approve of your lovely rendition of that tune that he loved so much. His legacy lives on in you.

  5. I knew Frank in high school. I was in some of the plays and served on the student council. I was hoping to see Frank at our 50th reunion but it wasn’t there. Now I am deeply sorry I won’t see him again.
    Peace and blessing from your schoolmate
    Linda Lilly Corrente

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