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Theodore W. Ringer Jr.

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Theodore Wayne Ringer, Jr.

79, passed away peacefully on January 17th, 2014. Ted was born on January 7, 1935 in Elkhart, Indiana, to the late Anna Pinter Ringer Gates and Theodore Wayne Ringer, Sr. He is survived by Jean Bippus Ringer, his wife of 56 years; his son, George James Ringer and his wife Mary, and their two children, William and Jeanette of Morris, IL; his daughter, Anne Ringer Whitlock and her husband Mason, and their two children, Foster and Keller of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Strojny, of Middlebury, IN; and sister-in-law, Anne Meek Hutchison of San Diego, CA; as well as 3 nieces, 4 nephews and their 12 children.

Ted grew up in South Bend, IN where he was involved in a variety of athletics at South Bend Central. He was captain of the football team and played in the State All-Star Game. He met his sweetheart, Jean Bippus, at Northwestern University and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Business Administration. While at Northwestern he was the recipient of the Walter Kay Smart Scholarship, Vice-President of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, treasurer of Norleggama Junior Men's Honor Council and a member of Deru Senior Men's Honorary. He was Ara Parsegian's first football Captain at NU, playing both Center and Linebacker, and held a record for playing time. He played in the North-South Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. Having completed the ROTC program at Northwestern, Ted served two years as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corp., playing and coaching football.

After his tour of duty he was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Company and transferred to Indiana Bell. He relocated to Vincennes, Crawfordsville, Columbus, Bloomington and Indianapolis during his career, making many lasting friendships along the way. He graduated from Harvard's Program for Management Development. He was always thought of as a gentleman.

Ted was three-term President of the Indiana State Museum Society and Chairman of the Urban Young Life Board. At Second Presbyterian Church he served as a Deacon and an Elder, was a member of Great Banquet, and served on the Board of the Center for Family Life Ministries. Ted led several Bible Studies and especially loved leading the Men's Bible Study for 12 years at his beloved Walloon Lake. In 1993, Ted completed his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Butler University, and practiced for a few years.

Ted was a member of the Contemporary Club and Walloon Lake Country Club. He enjoyed playing tennis at Walloon Lake and was an avid fisherman. His greatest joy was spending time outdoors with his grandchildren playing sports and fishing together. He was well read and was notorious for striking up intellectual discourse and debate. Ted was kind and friendly to everyone he encountered. His integrity, happy smile, jovial laugh, and sweet demeanor will be missed by all.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of his wonderful caregivers that took such loving care of "Teddy."

The family invites you to join them in a celebration of his life on Tuesday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. in Second Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. There will be a calling from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the parlor.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, or the Northwestern University "Wildcat Fund," Alumni Relations Office, 2020 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60208.

Arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary and Crema tory Service, Nora Chapel . You may send online condolences at: http://www.leppertmortuary.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2014
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