Funeral for Kiel soldier

KIEL – Funeral services were held Monday evening for an area soldier as questions remain surrounding her death.

The U.S. Army says Staff Sgt. Heidi Ruh, 32, was fatally shot on May 9 in a non-combat related incident. The shooting happened on a U.S. base in Kosovo.

The funeral service for Sgt. Ruh was held at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Kiel.

Family and friends gathered earlier in the afternoon and evening for the visitation.

The Army has released new details about the investigation into Ruh’s death. A spokesperson said in a statement that at this point in the investigation officials don’t have any evidence of foul play, but the Army hasn’t ruled it out. The Army also doesn’t suspect any type of hostile fire.

Sgt. Heidi Ruh (WLUK)
Sgt. Heidi Ruh (WLUK)

Ruh joined the military in 2003 as a biomedical equipment specialist. She served in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.

The Patriot Guard was standing outside the church Monday afternoon. FOX 11 asked its leader about assisting Ruh’s family.

“We offer them our deepest respect and compassion. We let them know that we’re here to support them and that we really do care and that we really do value her loss and her military service,” said Michael Weaver with the Patriot Guard.

After the funeral service concluded inside the church, Sgt. Ruh’s body was brought outside for a military gun salute and taps was played.

Ruh is survived by both of her parents and two sons, ages 8 and 11.

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