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OBITUARY

Robert Allen Ringdahl

April 7, 1955November 4, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Allen Ringdahl passed away peacefully at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C., on November 4, 2019, after a 9-month battle with metastatic melanoma.

Born April 7, 1955 to Russell and Esther (Anderson) Ringdahl in Lisbon, ND, Robert was raised in the Lutheran faith. His work ethic was shaped early by working on the family farm. Robert received an ROTC scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Oklahoma State University in 1977.

Since his commission in the US Army, Bob’s entire career was dedicated to the nation’s defense and its IT systems. After active duty, Bob worked as a contractor and a civilian in the Army, and later as an executive consultant and service provider to the government. Among his many professional accomplishments, Bob was most proud to have built the MISER computer system at White Sands Missile Range as one of the earliest such systems in the Army.

In family life as at work, there were no problems too large for Bob to tackle. His unending patience and bias for action (“make a decision, Lieutenant!”) led to successful projects from organizing youth soccer tournaments to the development of a new church campus.

Bob was generous of his time and resources to his family, friends, church, and community. He served as a Deacon at Village Meadows Baptist Church in AZ. Neighbors and friends enjoyed being hosted for backyard grilling. He was always kind and engaging to kids and the younger generation. Whether a warm meal, a place to sleep, or a few direct words of advice, Bob was a rock of stability and source of wisdom for those around him.

Robert displayed his passion for life outwardly and lived life to its fullest. He loved traveling with his wife around the world, exploring new cultures, and making new friends. Robert enthusiastically embraced the Chinese side of the family and traditions, and he traveled to China on multiple occasions. Collecting rare scotch was a noted hobby of his. He appreciated well-prepared steaks, gourmet food, Belgian beers, and his favorite morning libation — coffee. His wife and children have fond memories of exploring new cities and restaurants with Robert, playing board games, and watching his Vikings and Twins play.

Equally important to Robert is that he never forgot his roots. He kept a tradition of returning to ND every Memorial Day.

Robert is survived by his wife of 3 years, Rose Wang; four children: Rebecca (Kevin) Miller, Ryan, Rachel, Jonathan, two grandchildren, all from the Seattle, WA area; and sister Rhonda Ringdahl Cherry (Valentine, NE), niece Maggie Cox and nephew Ted Cherry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Jo Ann (Dick) Ringdahl (2012), parents Russell Ringdahl (1998) and Esther Ringdahl (1983).

In Lieu of flowers, please consider donations to National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR.org): https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/in-loving-memory-of-robert-ringdahl

Services

7 December

Memorial Service

10:30 am

Trinity Lutheran Church


Lisbon, ND

4 January

Memorial Service

10:30 am

Village Meadows Baptist Church


Sierra Vista, AZ

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Phil & Jean Hasse

November 19, 2019

Bob was such an incredibly talented and humble man. The world has lost one of its best. Prayers to Rose and the family. Alas...

Richard Neal

November 14, 2019

Taught and coached Bob while he attend school in Milnor. Excellent student & athlete. Sorry for your loss.

Cindy Brook

November 13, 2019

Bob, my husband (Jon), Jonathan and I all attended Landmark around the same time. Bob and I attended the same weekend towards the end of January in 2015, and Jon and Jonathan attended a few weekends later. When Jon and Jonathan were attending, all of us including Rose met at a Thai restaurant for dinner on Sunday Night. Jon and I talked about the night for weeks after, about the conversations and how wonderful of a time we all had. It was like we had been friends for years, the conversation could have gone on for hours, kindred spirits.

Our sincere condolences to Rose, Jonathan, Rebecca, Ryan and Rachel, and we will continue to pray for the Lord's comfort during this time.
In loving memory, Cindy Brook

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