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Robert E. Ringdahl, a resident of the Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL and Wappingers Falls, NY, entered into rest on June 19, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Born and raised in LaCrosse, WI, he was the son of the late Carl and Frances Moznet Ringdahl. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Knapp Ringdahl, whom he married on October 21, 2006 in St. Mary Mother of the Church, Fishkill.

Bob attended Logan High School in LaCrosse, WI. After high school, he traveled throughout the Midwest playing the saxophone in a jazz band. Bob attended a television repair school in Chicago. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II. While serving, he became a communications specialist running the radio shack aboard a munitions ship in the Pacific theater.

After military service, Bob worked for the Gateway Products Company in La Crosse and, ultimately, Northern Engraving Corporation in Sparta, WI where he served as President until his retirement in 1985.

Bob was an accomplished musician, who began playing at the age of 12. His advocation was playing both sax and clarinet with a special love for Big Band music. He played with the Ocean Reef Jazz Society and until recently, Bob enjoyed performing with two bands in Wisconsin - The Stardust Big Band and The Grumpy Old Men who entertained weekly throughout the area.

Bob was a pilot and an active outdoors enthusiast. He enjoyed skiing, boating, golfing, playing tennis, and hunting. He served as the president of the Wisconsin Bow Hunters Association. His civic interests included serving as chairman of the Board of Directors for Western Wisconsin Technical College as well as serving on the boards of St Francis Hospital and Bank of Sparta.

Bob was a parishioner of St. Justin Martyr Church in Key Largo and St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Fishkill, NY. He was a member of the Ocean Reef Club, Card Sound Golf Club, Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Ocean Reef Art League and the Ocean Reef Flying Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Jerry (Linda) Ringdahl of Davenport, IA, his son Tom (Debbie) Ringdahl of Holmen, WI, daughter Cherie (Jeff) Fassbinder of Longmont, CO, grandchildren Bret Ringdahl, Brian (Crystal) Fassbinder, Katie (Ben) Scarbrough and great grandson, Luke Daniel Fassbinder.

Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Charles and Donald, sisters, Carol, Phyllis, and Shirley and his grandson, Josh Ringdahl.

He is also survived by his wife's children and grandchildren Larry (Joann) Knapp, Lynn Knapp Donnelly, Steven (Kathi) Knapp, Clare (Jesse) Engelhart, Courtney (Conor) Friedersdorf, Taylor, and Gillian Knapp, Michael and Joylynn Donnelly, Joey (Deniz) Elizabeth, Patrick and Timothy Knapp.

At Bob's request, there will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to share the mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11 am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill, NY. Military honors will follow. Memorial donations may be made to St. Justin Martyr Church or Ocean Reef Medical Center.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held in LaCrosse, WI at a later date.

For driving directions, online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Bob's Book of Memories at


Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from June 20 to June 22, 2013
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