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Donald Ringling

d. January 2, 2012

Life History for Donald Ringling
Donald Ringling, age 80 of Melrose, passed away on January 1, 2012 at the Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose, MN.
Donald was born on March 5, 1931 in Warroad, MN to William Henry and Hulda Magdalena 'Lena' (Bauernfeind) Ringling. He graduated from Warroad High School and joined the US Army in 1950. He served his country during the Korean War and was sent to Germany as a member of the Occupation Forces. Upon completing 9 months in Germany, returned to the US and was involved in Guided Missile Technology. He received is honorable discharge in 1953. Donald married June West on April 16, 1955. He worked for Bell Telephone Company in Sioux Falls, SD, then moved to Glenwood, MN where he worked for the Alexandria TV Station. He moved to the Minneapolis area and become an electronic technician for the FAA which took him to Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin, and then Thief River Falls, MN.
Some of his interests included traveling and working out in his yard and his vegetable garden.

He is survived by his children; Debra Crow of Washington, Richard (Linda) Ringling of Austin, MN, Cindy Ringling of Alexandria, MN, and Lisa Ringling of Washington, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother; Albert (Betty) Ringling of Lakehills, TX, sister; Lucille Gaddie of East Grand Forks, ND.
Preceding him in death are his parents and wife, June, who passed away in 2008, brothers; Hugh, William, Edward, Clayton, Vance, Charles, sisters; Evelyn and Irene.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Chapel in Osakis with Fr. Dave Petron officiating. Interment is at the West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis, MN with military honors provided by Osakis VFW Post #7902.

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