Kenneth Ringo

Kenneth Ringo
Kenneth Ringo

Kenneth Ringo of Dumas went home on August 11, 2020. He fought the good fight and is now with his Lord and Savior. He was preceded in death by his parents; Doris and Arch Ringo from Dalhart, his first wife, Ruth Ann Crowell from Canyon; his brother Arnold and sister-in-law Pauline Ringo from Dalhart; his brother Leldon and sister-in-law Gina from Irving; and his granddaughter, Jennifer Harris from Dimmitt.

Kenneth was born on the farm-place on September 12, 1932 in Hartley County. He attended Colony School east of Dalhart and Kelly Hill Elementary School, then graduated from Dalhart High School. Ringo attended West Texas State University on a football scholarship. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corp. And was honorably discharged and returned to the Texas Panhandle with his wife Ruthie and their toddler Kenny.

Mr. Ringo coached and taught science at Boys Ranch, Littlefield, Spearman, and Waco; settling in Levelland where he earned his master’s in counseling administration. Kenneth was a school counselor at Levelland, Dimmitt, and Canyon. After retiring from education from Dumas, Mr. Ringo worked as a vocational counselor in the Windham School District serving the incarcerated at Pampa and Amarillo prisons. After Ringo’s second retirement, he began driving a school bus in the Cactus community.

Kenneth married Debbie Cargill on September 23, 1986 in Amarillo. Mr. Ringo and his wife have been active members of the Church of the Nazarene in Dumas.

Ringo was dearly loved by his family. He is survived by his wife Debbie Ringo of Dumas; two sons, Kenneth David Ringo and wife Sharon of Azle, TX and Michael David Phillips and wife Cherie of Bradford, Rhode Island; four daughters, Cynthia Feldman and husband Walter of Albuquerque NM; Deborah Harris and husband Eddie of Dumas; Micki Piatkowski of Dumas; Malena Elliott of Huntsville, TX;  two sisters, Wanda Ritchey and husband Raymond of Dumas and Anne Short and husband David of Vidor, TX; a brother Elvin Ringo and wife Gracie of Dalhart; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, August 14 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 North Maddox. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Dalhart.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

4 Replies to “Kenneth Ringo”

  1. Thank y’all for sharing memories about my dad. He wanted to make a difference when he left this world.
    It warms my heart that he has left a legacy of loving and helping others.
    As pastor said in the memorial service that he has kicked the walker!

    Cindy Ringo Feldman

  2. My deepest condolences to you Aunt Debbie and the family. I always joyed sharing photos of Marc with him and to see the smile on his face when we would talk about the Military. May he Rest In Peace. Semper Fidelis Marine.

  3. I worked in the counselors office with Mr. Ringo. It was in working with him that I felt an urge to become a counselor someday. I just retired from 32 years of education and was a high school counselor 25 of those years. Thanks to Mr. Ringo for the inspiration!

  4. Debbie and family ~
    I am saddened to read this-obituary; on-the other-hand, I am rejoicing he knows where he is and is all-healed. There is no-more nursing-home for him. I am sure he and Tom have already caught-up with one-another and are catching-up on all the bull they have missed sharing. I just came across a picture at-the-fellowship hall where they were doing just-that. Oh, how young- and-handsome they both were. I wish we could be there to hug and kiss all-of-you but tell Lou to do that for me. I know that isn’t allowed at-this-time but I also know Nazarenes. I am in-a-Nazarene Church here but not-able to attend currently due to heavy-coronavirus here. Also Beth, Lacey and Ty are busier than a hive-of-bees at OSU making changes etc. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others will tell you is right, wrong or indifferent. I assure you after 18-years experience, it won’t be easy but cling to our-Lord’s unchanging-and-unfailing hand; He will not leave you or forsake you. Give our love to all, I still remember our good-times. I’m enjoying my grands, their-spouses, and especially Lacey and Ty’s Conner (9), Chris and Mariah’s Reagan (3 in Septembe) and looking forward to their Koe Thomas due-in- December.

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