GRIDLEY — Alvin Ringger, 85, Gridley, surrounded by his family and resting in his easy chair, peacefully went to be with the Lord at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 12, 2012) after a four-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Gridley Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Burial will be in Gridley Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Advocate BroMenn Hospice Care, 1322 S. Main St., Normal, IL 61761, and Gateway Woods Children’s Home, P.O. Box 151, 14505 Klopfenstein Road, Leo, IN 46765.
He was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Gridley, a son of Bernhardt and Leah Welk Ringger. He married Dorothy Stoller on Sept. 7, 1952, at Gridley Apostolic Christian Church. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Rodney (Laura) Ringger, Metamora; three daughters, Beverly (Howard Curtis) Ringger, Eugene, Ore.; Keri (Al) Hany, Gridley; and Beth (Tom) Schreiner, Zimmerman, Minn.; two granddaughters, Rachael Ringger and Camille Schreiner; three sisters, Lillian Ringger and Viola Ringger, both of Gridley; and Betty Herrmann, Princeville; and three brothers, Edwin (Pat), Gridley; Raymond (Nadine), Normal; and Fred (Mary), Hudson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Eugene Herrmann.
An Army veteran, he served his country in Korea. After his service, he worked for Honegger & Co. as a district manager for 38 years. When Honegger sold out and moved to Ohio, he worked four years for his nephew, Gary, at Ringger Feeds until his retirement in 1992. After retiring from the feed industry, he worked four years for Myers Crop Service in Gridley in the spring and fall. He especially enjoyed working with Doug Nelson and Martha Leonard.
He and his wife, Dorothy, organized the Meadows Meadowlarks 4-H Club in 1965. It was the first club in McLean County to have both home ec and ag projects. Alvin loved gardening and enjoyed sharing his produce with neighbors and friends — tomatoes, melons and cucumbers being his specialty.
When his granddaughters, Rachael and Camille, were small, he greatly enjoyed having tea parties with them as well as patiently allowing them to “style” his hair.
He was a member of Gridley Apostolic Christian Church, where he served as trustee, Sunday school teacher and usher. He loved and appreciated his church.
The family would like to thank our “Lindas,” Karen and the wonderful team at Advocate BroMenn Hospice Care for their kindness and care.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.