Frederick Ringger Jr., 83, civil engineer

April 18, 2006

Frederick W. Ringger Jr., a retired civil engineer and past commander of the Sue Island Sail and Power Squadron, died of a heart attack Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 83 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Ringger was born in Baltimore and moved with his family to Youngstown, Ohio. He later returned to Northwood and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1940.

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served with the 9th Air Force as an aviation mechanic in England, France and Germany.

Mr. Ringger had hoped to become a pilot but became a mechanic after discovering as a cadet that he had a perforated eardrum that left him partially deaf in his right ear, said his daughter Donna C. Easton of Timonium.

He went to work in 1949 for the Baltimore County Department of Public Works while studying civil engineering at the McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Ringger began to experience additional health problems in the 1950s when he went deaf in his left ear. He also lost the sight in one eye from an inoperable eye disease.

Mr. Ringger retired in 1985.

"Over the course of 36 years, he helped to design many of the major roadways and storm water systems that intersect the county today, including two years of consulting on the Baltimore Beltway," his daughter said.

A powerboat enthusiast since the early 1960s, Mr. Ringger was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and the Sue Island Power Boat Squadron, where he taught navigation and boating. He also enjoyed cruising the bay aboard the Alicendi, his 28-foot Owens cabin cruiser.

Mr. Ringger was a coin collector, genealogist and ham radio operator whose call letters were KA3YFU.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Alice Mary Lochner; two sons, Frederick J. Ringger of Timonium and George J. Ringger of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; another daughter, Irene E. Spangle of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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