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“Jim and I worked side by side for many years at Industrial Park (also known as the "country club"). As fellow mechanical engineer in sea of...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: David Melton - Fort Wayne, IN

“My deepest thoughts and sympathy ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Kareem Ibrahim - Fort Wayne, IN

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I will always remember his calm, peaceful demeanor. My thoughts are with the entire family. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Anastasia Gensic - West Lafayette, IN

“It was such a pleasure to get to know Granddaddy. He was/is a truly strong, gentle, and wise man. May comfort fill your hearts! May his love be a...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Sharon Kuhn - Fort Wayne, IN

“My deepest sympathy is extended to the entire family. Although I had only known Mr Ringswald for a very brief time, his kindness and love for his...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jane Golden - IL - Family Friend

“So sorry for your loss, James. Please accept prayers and a sincere hug from Kokomo. Love, Pat and Sue ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Sue McGavic - Kokomo, IN

James (Jim) A. Ringswald, Jr., 93
Son of James Adair Ringswald, Sr. and Nannie (Nettie) Ella (Lay) Ringswald, Jim was born on 7-25-1924 in Louisville, Kentucky and he passed away surrounded by family on 8-3-2017 in Fort Wayne, IN after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was fortunate to be able to live in his own home until just this past spring and he celebrated his 93rd birthday together with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends, just weeks before his passing.
Jim married Dorothy Louise Peak in 1947 and they were married for 56 years until her passing in 2003.
Jim served in the US Army 42nd Rainbow Division in Germany and Austria during WWII as a Tech-Sergeant/Medic, followed the occupation forces afterward as they liberated the concentration camps, and attended some of the Nuremburg Trials which made an indelible impression on him. He maintained lifelong friendships with his fellow Army medical staff/crew members and regularly attended 42nd Rainbow Division Veterans' reunions at various places all around the country over the years, with just two members surviving his passing.
While married with 2 young daughters and working to support his family as an assistant instructor, Jim completed an advanced 5 year engineering program at The University of Kentucky (Lexington) in just over 4 years, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical engineering in 1950 with honors. After working in Dallas, TX with Chance Vought Aircraft for a few years, Jim accepted an offer with the ITT Aerospace Optical Division in Fort Wayne, IN from which he retired after 33 years as Senior Mechanical Engineer in 1986 where he worked on numerous projects for the very early and continuing US space program throughout his career.
Jim was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church since 1955, where he served as Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, achieving the 4th degree, where he regularly volunteered for community charity fund-raising activities; helped build a home through Habitat For Humanity; volunteered at the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen for over 22 years; and regularly salvaged discarded furniture, bicycles, vacuums, etc., repaired/restored them, and donated them to various charities, including the Vincent House. He accepted a request from the St. Vincent DePaul Society to help build bookcases for the school and chests of drawers (including over 200 drawers) in his woodworking shop for the St Vincent DePaul store.
In addition to being a devoted family man and actively involved in his church and community, Jim enjoyed a vast array of hobbies, including his passion for woodworking (he crafted many fine quality pieces of furniture over the years for his family); from flower and vegetable gardening and canning to planting a wide variety of fruit trees and making jams, jellies, and wine (which he shared with family and friends) to regularly preparing family dinners on Saturday evenings; was an accomplished handyman able to tackle almost any home repair, remodeling or construction project (from painting, to plumbing, electrical, or appliance repair, to roofing, making/building picket fences, sheds/garages, canoes, etc.); small engine repairs, automotive repairs, engine overhauls, body work; he appreciated many kinds of music (especially The Big Bands, Jazz, Blues, and Bluegrass) and he loved to dance; he enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, visiting museums and amusement parks; and his love of travel inspired him to explore all 50 states, many countries across 6 continents (he reluctantly canceled a scheduled trip to Antarctica later in life), and he and his wife, Dorothy, thoroughly enjoyed numerous cruises together.
Surviving are 6 of his 7 children: Claudia M. Ringswald, Stephanie A. (David) Ross, Karen L. O'Neal, James Adair Ringswald III, M. Janine (Tony) Brown, and Mark E. (Karen) RingswaldEgan; 16 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy L. Ringswald; daughter, Geralyn S. Ringswald; brother, Eugene W. Ringswald; and nephew, Eugene W. Ringswald, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11:00 am, on Monday, August 7th, 2017 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2130 Pemberton Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, with calling 1 hour prior.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park, 1140 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen.