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Paul Alan Ringler, age 57, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 26, 2022, due to an unforeseen accident.


Paul worked all his life in the Tool and Die trade.  Paul loved his work family at Datum Industries.  Paul was a 1983 graduate of Tri-County High School.   He was Nick named “Mad Dog Ringler” during his football days; he took 2nd in the state for wrestling his senior year of high school.


Paul’s greatest achievement in his life was his 4 children.  He was a family man and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  Paul volunteered coaching youth wrestling for many years prior to his own children.  He was in his element coaching football and wrestling.  He had a big heart for children.   He absolutely adored coaching his sons and developing their love of athletics.  He was always thinking of what enjoyment he could bring to his kids lives with building go-karts, installing a family swimming pool, building a tree house, setting his boat up for carp shooting and rebuilding a sea doo for the family enjoyment.  Paul’s unfulfilled dream was a conservation officer, as Paul knew so much about animals and was an outdoorsman.  He ran a part time taxidermy business for years out of his home.  Paul was bravely battling Parkinson’s in his last several years.


Paul is survived by his wife of 34 years Jane; his 4 children, Hannah (Joe) Eberle, Jordan (fiance Madelyn) Ringler, Ryan Ringler and Grace Ringler;  granddaughter, Evelyn Eberle;  parents, Carol Rowe from Newaygo and Ron (Pam) Ringler of Cedar Springs;  beloved canine daughters, Bella and Betty;  sisters, Christine (John) Sweeney from White Cloud, Debra (Tim) Prins from Newaygo, Sue (Joe) Molyneux from Coopersville, Colleen (Kent) Bennink from Howard City, Kelly (Scott) Sanders from Texas, Holly Cooper from Texas, Ronda (Rick) Tanis from Pierson.  Paul was survived by one brother, Bill (Betsy) Ringler from Texas; step-father, Terry (Judy) Gage from Cedar Springs.  Paul was succeeded in death by one brother, Terrance Gage.  Paul is survived by sisters-in-law, Sandra Patin from Sand Lake, Kristi (Carl) Haywood from Six Lakes, Kelly Slagel from Rockford, and Mary Flachs from Rockford.  Paul is survived by brothers-in-law, Dan (Kathy) Flachs & Gary (Debra) Flachs.  And several nieces and nephews.  Paul was succeeded in death by brother-in-laws, Steven Flachs, David Slagel and Robert Patin.


Services held Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Skinner Field, Cedar Springs, with a Gathering at 7:30 pm and a Memorial Lantern Walk at 8:30 pm.

In regards to contributions, Paul would love the Cedar Springs youth wrestling and football programs to be considered.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Paul’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.




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  1. Joan L Donnelly on June 28, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Jane and Family; Ron and Pam Ringler and Family,

    Ashlee informed me of Paul’s passing this morning. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My most sincere condolences to you all.

  2. Lisa Kincaid on June 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Jane & kids-

    I am so very sorry to hear this news.
    I have been thinking about you all. I will send healing thoughts.

  3. Steven R Ketelaar on June 29, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Jane, I am very sorry to hear of Paul’s untimely passing. Paul was a good friend and great teammate during high school, and I will always remember him fondly. I pray that through this time of grief the Lord comforts you and your family and draws you closer together.

  4. Robin Wright on June 30, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Mike and I hold you tight through this time of sorrow but remember all the wonderful memories of Paul. Praying for you and your kids. His Legacy will carry on through your kids and granddaughter!! We love you!
    Mike and Robin Wright

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