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Wayne A. Ring, lifelong resident of Rockford, died October 9. He was born on February 15, 1926 to Harold and Alin (Sund) Ring. Wayne graduated in 1944 from East High School and was accepted into the Navy V-12 program. He received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1947 from the University of Illinois. In addition, he was a member of the U of I championship golf team. He married Miriam Anderson on December 26, 1948 and share nearly 70 years of wonderful marriage. Wayne worked for Barber Colman from 1948-1988 in development engineering. He was an adjunct professor at Rockford College where he taught statistics. Wayne was an accomplished violinist who frequently shared his music with church and with the Rockford Chamber Orchestra. In retirement, Wayne especially enjoyed spending time with family at Lake Ripley in Cambridge, Wisconsin. He also was an active volunteer at Swedish American Hospital for over 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam; daughter, Carol (Terry) Warkentien: sons, Gordon (Jan) and David (Kathi); grandchildren, Erika Hagen, Siri Warkentien, John Warkentien, Courtney Ring, Jessica Ring, Brad Ring,and Nick Ring; and nine great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents and infant brother, Gordon.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, IL. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 12:45 P.M. prior to the service. At the request of the family, burial will be private in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Swedish American Foundation, designated for the Volunteer Office, 1415 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104.

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  1. Ron and Kay Prochnow

    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a great man. Hoping the memories you made will be with you forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Todd and Robin Touton

    We lost a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will truly miss Mr. Ring.

  3. Mike Cram

    To Gordy and Families, I was saddened to see that your father passed away after 92 blessed years. I read his entire obituary and you all must be so proud of him. The wonderful things he did for his Country, community and family is indeed a gift that surely has been rewarded by God. I wish you all my prayers, and be comforted by God and the fond memories you'll have of your father.

  4. Bertha

    So sorry for your loss


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