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Leonard Ringdahl

January 30, 1945 - July 20, 2021

Visitation - Friday

July 23, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Visitation - Saturday

July 24, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Funeral Service - Saturday

July 24, 2021
2:00 PM -

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

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Leonard Ringdahl

January 30, 1945 - July 20, 2021

Obituary

Leonard Dean Ringdahl was born January 30, 1945 to Erma and Adolph Ringdahl of Minot, North Dakota. Leonard was one of five siblings: twin sister Lois, Gary, Donald and David.

Leonard grew up on a farm in Raub, North Dakota. While growing up, he attended Wright Country School and later graduated from Parshall High School. He attended university at Minot State College. In 1967, Leonard was drafted into the military where he served as a Medical Corpsman in Landstuhl, Germany. Following his military service, Leonard returned to Minot where he worked several jobs in the accounting and financial services field. He then began his career at American Crystal Sugar in Fargo where he worked until retirement. In his retirement years he volunteered with AARP doing taxes, drove veterans to appointments, and drove vehicles for Nelson Ford and Quality Toyota.

On May 6, 1978, Leonard married Ruby Wegter. During their lives together, Leonard and Ruby had two children, Minda (Seth Fore) of Minneapolis and Tyler of Fargo. After retiring in 2011, Leonard and Ruby moved to Fergus Falls, Minnesota where they’ve since resided. Leonard’s life was defined and directed by his love for God, his family and his friends.

Leonard is survived by his wife, children and two siblings. He is preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Erma and two brothers Gary and David. Leonard will be remembered forever as a loving husband, father, brother and twin.

As members of Leonard’s family, these are our thoughts about his life:

To know Leonard was to love him. He was quick to laugh, slow to anger, and ever the peacemaker. He lived without pretense or prejudice, showing kindness, gentleness and compassion to all who crossed his path. Leonard saw the needs of everyone around him and was moved to lend a hand no matter how humble the task. His spiritual life was rooted in an unwavering service to God and a commitment to live for others. Leonard was inspired by the Bible verse, Psalms 37:37: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace”. Wherever Leonard went, he brought peace and gentleness with him. We are forever blessed to have had him in our lives and his influence will continue to guide us into the future.

Funeral Service: 2 PM Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo – with visitation one hour prior
Visitation: 5-7 PM Friday, July 23, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo
Burial: Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, North Dakota

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33 responses to “Leonard Ringdahl”

  1. Bonnie Poss says:

    Dear Ruby and Family,
    Our thoughts travel your way often these days. Your yearly presence here in the summer was always so special. We are thankful our Father knows everything you need today. With Sympathy and care Richard & Bonnie Poss

  2. Candy Ferch says:

    Planning to come. Have missed our visits at Hunter & other places I’ve seen Leonard. He & Lois we’re a large part of my life in Minot when I was growing up & later with Ruby in Grand Forks when I was in college. Candy F.

  3. Roanne Kooy says:

    Surely thinking of happy memories with Leonard and Ruby! Hoping to get there Saturday!

  4. Gregg Swanson says:

    Ruby and Family
    So sorry for your loss. Wonderful memories in your home. Glad the God of all comfort is with you. Glad to think of all God’s promises Leonard laid claim to on earth and now the unspeakable Glory
    Gregg

  5. Arlene/Ron Freesemann says:

    Our sincere sympathy in your loss Ruby ! We did not know each other for a long time but the time we did know you & Leonard was “quality” & “precious” time! Glad for what you folks & the Kadry’s did to make our Europe trip “special” including our visits in the airport going/coming plus sharing a gondola ride in Venice!
    Glad for “His Spirit” that makes us one as brothers/sisters in His Family!
    With ALL our love💕
    Arlene/Ron

  6. Bob & Marianne Houkom says:

    It would be so nice to be with you on Saturday in remembrance of Leonard, but we’ll be able to picture the setting and those gathered there. Our sincere sympathy to all the family.

  7. Sally Folmar ( Hudson) says:

    We were classmates and graduated together in 1963…my sincere condolences to his family..

  8. Steve Blubaugh says:

    My expression of sympathy to you Ruby and your children. I appreciated your thoughts about Leonard’s life. Who could express it better than you. I have good memories as well. I recall the essence of Christ coming through Leonard’s spirit. I’m glad to close my relationship with Leonard with that remembrance. Be wise by looking ahead to the future. In sympathy.

  9. Pat Swanson says:

    Ruby and family – Was saddened to see about Leonard’s passing. Chuck and Leonard worked together for a few years in the financial field. Leonard spent lots of time with us before he married Ruby and that friendship continued on. As usual over the years we lost track of each other. Lots of good memories and cherish the friendship we had.

    Pat Swanson

  10. Linda Rosaasen says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Leonard at American Crystal Sugar Company. What a nice guy!

  11. Bobbie Johnson says:

    My dearest Ruby doo, I’m so saddened to hear of Leonard’s passing. I’m going to try to make it to the service tomorrow. I live in Minnetonka now. I think of you often, my friend. Sending you hugs and love.
    Bobbie Johnson (Wallis)

  12. Verla and Duane Bergh says:

    Thinking of you Ruby these days of loss and sadness. You will miss him so much. We are so thankful especially at time like this to remember our great inheritance and that our Father is ever sure and faithful. We are so thankful for Leonard’s faithful life and service.
    Love in Christ
    Verla and Duane Bergh

  13. Alfred and June Hormann says:

    We were privileged to spend time with Leonard and you, Ruby, during our Panama Canal cruise. We valued his gentle presence, his knowledge, and his easy manner. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  14. Becky (Aarestad) Miller says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Leonard! I left ND a long time ago, so I didn’t know Leonard and Ruby, but this obituary speaks volumes, and my family have always admired them. I hope you are all comforted and inspired by his memory, and I’m sorry for your loss.

  15. Curtis & Jennell says:

    Our thoughts are with you all in your loss. May Gods comfort & peace , be your portion. As you know Leonard prepared for this experience. We so enjoyed our time with you folks visiting at Curt & LaVonne. Please know we care so much.

  16. Don Smith says:

    Very special memories of Leonard when I first came to Fargo special memories over the years coming to my folks meeting later Ruby & family come here to very very nice
    Don

  17. Roy and Lisa Springer says:

    Dear Ruby and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Leonard’s passing.
    So glad to have known Leonard. Hymn number 313 comes to mind as we think of Leonard. May God bring peace and comfort to all during this time of sorrow.
    Roy, Lisa, Carly, and Emma Springer

  18. Charles and Jane Olufson says:

    Our thoughts are with you, Ruby
    and your family. We extend our sincere heart felt sympathy with love and care to each one.

  19. Jay & Stephanie Eckel says:

    I have many special memories of all of you during my college years, in Fargo. Thank you for the love and fellowship. My deepest t sympathy. The tribute is beautiful.

  20. Jim Marks says:

    So Sorry for your Loss!

  21. Joni Dorgan says:

    Ruby and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for all you and Leonard have done.

    Joni Dorgan

  22. Ruth McKnight says:

    Thinking of you Ruby, Minda and Tyler…caring thoughts and deep condolences from us. We have precious memories from our short time there. Leonard was truly a treasure.

    Jack and Ruth

  23. Charlene Myers says:

    Dear Family,

    Sure thinking of you all, and especially today. I enjoyed looking at the pictures you shared. SO many memories over a lifetime. I noticed one picture of Gene and Leonard, and somehow that really struck me to think of them both in eternity now. There are lots of things we can be and do in this life, but in eternity what will matter is if in our lifetime the seed of faith took root, grew, and brought forth fruit. So thankful for Leonard’s faithful, quiet example of humbly serving.

    With care and sincere sympathy,
    Charlene

  24. Kimberly Severud says:

    Dear Ruby and family
    Thinking of you all today with deepest sympathy, love and care.
    I am thankful to have known Leonard, and the very special man he was.
    Grateful, for the deep well he has left behind for others to draw from.
    He will be sorely missed…
    Much love to you
    Kim

  25. Diane M Dizayee says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely video in memory of a fine gentleman who lived such a beautiful life. Extending my condolences to the family in the loss of a husband, brother, and father. It’s encouraging to know that Leonard loved the Lord with his all.

  26. Dewaine Braasch says:

    I grew up on a farm near Minot, and Leonard spent much time with our family – both in a working capacity helping with farm work as a hired man, and later leisurely in evenings after his job in Minot. He was an inspiration to me to grow up in God’s Kingdom, and still be able to function appropriately at whatever stage in life you were at – whether it be school, work, or military service. Leonard was a very balanced person and always brought a smile to any situation.

  27. Kristal Job says:

    The video of Leonard’s life and your marriage to him, Ruby, well, it just made me cry 😢. What a beautiful reminder of a life well spent in service to God. I loved your family pics and Leonard’s love for you, his children and his furry friends are very evident here. Thanks so much for sharing the video. It was lovely. Please take care of yourself, Ruby and try to stay strong. Love you.

  28. Penny Retzer says:

    Dear Ringdahl family,
    We were saddened to learn of your loss of your husband and Dad. We had many conversations with Leonard over the years as Minda & Whitney and Tyler & Logan were growing up. He was such a kind man and we know his loss will be hard. We will say some prayers for all of you to have strength in the days ahead.

    Sending hugs and sympathy,

    Penny and Steve Retzer

  29. neil w gilbraith Shelia says:

    thoughts of Lenard and know he will be truly missed. A beautiful Life!!

  30. Lois Koolstra says:

    Dear Ruby and family: I was so thankful to be able to listen to the service for Leonard!! Was a lovely service!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you Ruby, and your family! It’s been a difficult journey adjusting to life without John! Im reminded so very often of Him, and cherish memories we have as a family!!! May it help in a small way to know I have an understanding heart!!💕🥰💞

  31. Eva Myers says:

    Just now viewed the service. So beautiful and lots of comfort to me, as well. The video was touching!
    Eva

  32. Sandra Olsen says:

    Dear Ruby… you have been close in thought these past days since Ele shared the news of Lenard’s passing. We remember him as a kind and gentle soul and know you and yours will miss him dearly.
    With Sympathy and Care,
    Sandra (&Victor) Olsen
    Sharon Fedirchuk

  33. Patty Byers says:

    We regretted missing the service in Fargo, due to my mother-in-law’s funeral in Wisconsin, but my thoughts were so much in Fargo that afternoon. Thank you for making the service and personal video available. It was a lovely service. Leonard was a good “big brother” in the days after I lost Gary in 1974 and I have coveted his and Ruby’s friendship through the years, as well as Lois’s, David’s, and Donald’s. Our sympathy to all the family.

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