ALABAMA – Louis James Ringer was born in Galveston, March 9, 1924. Like so many young men in those times, Louis joined the Navy in March of 1941. He was transferred to the Battleship Colorado, which to his fortune left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in late October 1941 and was in Seattle on December 7th. He served through many campaigns across the Pacific during World War II. It was ironic one of his campaigns was his ship’s coverage of the Marine landing on the island of Tarawa. Ironic because some 60 years later his grandson, Jeremy enlisted in the Navy, mostly in honor of his grandfather’s service so many years before and because Jeremy was later transferred to the very same Marine unit that Louis had taken part in covering on Tarawa. Pop once told me the most scared he had ever been was when Japan had surrendered. The Colorado was the first large warship assigned to enter into Tokyo Bar and no one knew if it really was the end of the war or a Japanese trap. After the war Louis went on to work for Union Carbide here in Texas City where he retired in the mid 80’s. After the loss of his wife, Elizabeth Ringer, he later moved with his daughter, Teri and family to Jackson, Alabama, where he resided with them until his departure to be with our Lord on March 4, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Martha Elizabeth Ringer, daughter, Mary Vel David; sons, Jimmy Ringer and Louis Ringer, Jr.; granddaughter, Cheyenne Bradley.
Louis is survived by his daughter, Teri Ringer Bradley and husband, Bruce; daughter, Sue Tabor and husband, Jim; son, Bill McLaren and wife, Lynn; Son-in-law, Charles David; brother, John Ringer and wife, Lou; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2010, at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
Casketbearers will be Jeremy Bradley, John Michael Bradley, Curtis Pitts, Jr., Charles Dickson, Donald McLaren and Bill McLaren, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Jason Bradley and John Robnett.
Friends may call from 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.