Gary Wayne Ringham, 70, Rugby, died on Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Veterans Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
He was born on May 1, 1943 in Langdon, North Dakota to Wayne Chester Ringham and Arlene Wertz .
He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Godfred and Rosa Baumgartner in Sarles, North Dakota and went to school there. He entered the U.S. Army on January 9, 1967, served in Germany and was honorably discharge with the rank of Sergeant on December 12, 1968. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he worked in the construction trade for a few years. Upon his return to North Dakota he drove semi-truck for Buzz Murphy and Shorty Cole in Sarles for about 25 years. Later, he worked at the Cenex station in Calvin for eight years. He and his wife moved to Rugby in 1994. He was employed on a part-time basis transferring cars for M.J. McGuire Company for a few years. He married Regina Marie Thomas in Rolla on October 5, 1973.
He was a former member of the American Legion Post in Sarles and a member of Disabled American Veterans.
He enjoyed reading, especially World War II history, doing puzzles, watching quiz shows, and entertaining his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Regina and their children: Darla and her husband Frank Flake Titusville, Florida; Pamela and her husband Doug Baker Wichita, Kansas; Mark Short Grand Forks; Paul Short and his friend LeeAnn Thorstenson Minot; Gary Ringham and his friend Melissa Beesley Granville; William Ringham and his friend Rebecca Porter, and Deborah and her husband Trent Kinzell both of Minot. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and a brother, William Wertz and a sister Nancy Prentice both of Long Beach, California. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, and an uncle, Leo Baumgartner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
Visitation will be at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Tuesday from 3-9 PM, with a scripture service at 7 P.M. and on Wednesday from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. There is no visitation at the church.
Rev. Thomas Graner will officiate, Glenda Mack will be the organist and Galen J. Mack will be the soloist in addition to a duet by Deborah and Trent Kinzell. Casketbearers will be Trent Kinzell, Lonnie and Tony Murphy, Gary and William Ringham, and Paul Short. Clarence Larson Post # 23 American Legion Rugby will provide military honors in Rugby and the North Dakota Military Honors Detail will provide honors at the cemetery.
Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby.
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