JEFFERSON — John R. Ringer Sr., age 75, of Jefferson, Ohio, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Cherry Valley, Pa., the son of Edwin Eugene Ringer Sr. and Anna Elizabeth (McClements) Ringer. John graduated from Hickory High School, Class of 1954. After high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged on April 15, 1958. He married Delores Marie Ray on Oct. 12, 1957.
John worked for many years at Molded Fiberglass and Rockwell Brake, retiring in 1998.
John was a member of the Marine Corps League, a life member of the National Rifle Association and affiliate of the Jefferson Garden Club. John was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his large yard, and tending to his garden and flower beds with his wife, Delores. He also enjoyed training hunting dogs and spending time with his family and friends. He was very family oriented, always supporting his children and grandchildren in their extra-curricular activities.
His survivors include his children, Terri L. (Ringer) Tisch of Jefferson, Jaclyn (Richard) Couderc of Jefferson and John (Tammie) Ringer Jr. of North Kingsville; brother, James W. Ringer of Hickory, Pa.; grandchildren, Aaron (Heather) Taylor, Mickey Chesbrough (Mariann Sparks), Elizabeth Taylor, Sara (Justin) Smith, Kelly R. Tisch and John R. Ringer III; six great-grandchildren, Katie R. Taylor, Zander Chesbrough, Anna R. Smith, Emily Taylor, Alyssa Taylor and Elliot M. Smith; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Delores M. Ringer on August 25, 2011; sister, Jean Schmidt-Covalesky; brother, Edwin E. Ringer Jr.; and a brother and two sisters in infancy.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12th, at the ZABACK-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with the Rev. Meredith Coleman, of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery where Military Rites will be performed by the Geneva VFW Post #6846.
Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, July 11th, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.
Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
ZABACK-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, is handling arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.