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June 17, 2014

Steven 'Steve' Paul Rhule

Manager of GC Airport was retired pilot

MERCER — Steven Paul Rhule, beloved husband of Dr. Michele Makary Rhule of Mercer; father of Morgan M. Rhule of Miami; son of Donald H. Rhule of New Wilmington, and the late Eileen Rhule; and brother of Donald C. Rhule of New Hope, Pa., and Patty Rhule of University Park, Md.; died Sunday, June 8, 2014, after a heart attack. He was 66.

Steve was chief pilot at Ibis Tek of Butler and manager at Grove City Airport. Before retiring in 2007, he was a pilot for Continental Airlines and People's Express for 22 years.

He was an accident investigator with the U.S. Army Agency for Aviation Safety, a safety manager, and a military aviator for 26 years, flying both helicopters and airplanes. He was director of product development for Aeronautical Accessories in Tennessee.

He served two tours of duty in the Vietnam conflict.

Steve had a lifelong passion for flight and generously shared that love with all, teaching pilots young and old. For four years, he operated Silent Wings Soaring, a glider training school in Grove City.

He graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1965 and earned a bachelor's degree in safety management and a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

In lieu of flowers, please consider being an organ donor through the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, www.core.org; or memorial contributions may be made to Mercer Area Library, 110 E. Venango St., Mercer, PA 16137.

RHULE

Steven "Steve" Paul, 66, Mercer.

Service: Celebration of Steve's life at 2 p.m. Thursday (6-12-14) at Grove City Airport.

Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.

Published June 11, 2014 in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201A Erie St., Grove City.

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