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REV. GERALD WAYNE RINGENBERG, 97, went to be with his Lord on Friday, July 17, 2020, at home with his family by his side. Born in Harlan, he was the son of the late Henry and Edna (Zeimer) Ringenberg. He faithfully served in pastoral ministry for over 70 years at North Mount Zion Community Church, Continental, Ohio, First Missionary Church, Cleveland, Ohio, Woodburn Missionary Church, Woodburn and Rehoboth Community Missionary Church, Albion. He is survived by his sons, Roger (Carol) and Gary (Kathy Lynn) Ringenberg both of Fort Wayne; foster daughter, Yvonne Nigh of Woodburn; son-in-law, Dave (Cherie) McDeavitt of Longview, Texas; brother, Ralph Ringenberg of Elkhart; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephew, great-nieces, and -nephews. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Violet (Egly) Ringenberg in 2013; daughter, Dorcas McDeavitt in 2014; and sister, Mary Evelyn Swedberg in 2020. Private graveside service followed by a celebration of life and memorial service to be held at Woodburn Missionary Church at a later date. Burial in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials are to Woodburn Missionary Church, Fort Wayne Alumni & Resource Center or World Partners Fort Wayne. Arrangements by Harper's Community Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. For online condolences visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jul. 19, 2020.
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July 22, 2020
Dear Roger, Gary and family,
Extending my deepest sympathy to you, may Rev. Ringenberg Rest In Peace and in the embrace of God. Well done, you good and faithful servant. Few remain who benefitted from your parent’s ministry at the First Missionary Church. They brought a breath of fresh air to our church with innovations, enthusiasm, creativity and music to our lives. We were all blessed to have their caring ministry and role models in our lives and they were greatly loved by us, particularly by my grandparents, Paul and Elvira. A radio show, a cantata, Sunday School Attendance contests, potluck picnics at Squaw Rock, a choir TV appearance, outreach to the Projects, potlucks, Church exchanges, bus trip for annual picnic, Men’s Fellowship, Ladies Mission Band and Ladies Friendly Circle, showers, Christmas play, Acorn jug breaking, Easter Sunrise service and breakfast, Junior Church, Daily Vacation Bible School, Watchnight Service, Youth Group, Sunday School services for every age group from nursery to Grandpa Frank Tropf seniors, and funeral dinners. We certainly shared in a host of gatherings as Christians as the result of their ministry. Gratefully, Kathie Johnson
Kathleen Johnson
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