OBITUARIES

Robin S. Lingle, 1948-2007

Surrounded by her loving family, Skagway’s Robin Sue Lingle died Jan. 31, 2007 in Juneau after a long bout with diabetes. She was 58.
Robin was born in Monterey Park, California on Dec. 16, 1948. She came north to Alaska with her father when she was a child. She attended Skagway City School from first grade until graduation in 1967.
A prolific piano player, Robin took lessons at Pius X Mission school, and played many years for the home-grown Days of ‘98 Show and at graduations. At less than five feet tall, she could barely reach the pedals, but she became known as “Bobbin’ Robin.” She also was the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Queen runner-up in 1967.
She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Emblem Club and Eagles Auxiliary in Skagway.
Robin attended business college in Seattle for two years and returned to Skagway to work for the family’s hardware store. She was the company bookkeeper and the cheery voice who answered the phone at Skagway Hardware for 32 years before her early retirement two years ago.
A year ago, when she could no longer live with the disease at home, she had to leave Skagway, eventually taking up residence at Wildflower Court, adjacent to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. The family is grateful for the love of the special caregivers at Wildflower Court.
Robin is survived by her “hubby” Ross Lofton of Skagway; sons Jacob of Juneau and Hopi Lofton of Seattle; parents Ben and Bea Lingle of Skagway and Mesa, Arizona (who were able to fly in to be with her – the only jet that made it into Juneau for two days); sisters Kathy (and Bob) O’Daniel-Dietrick of Juneau and Dorothy (and Jeff) Brady of Skagway; brothers Mike (and Sylvia) and John (and Janet) O’Daniel of Skagway; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and lots and lots of friends in Skagway.
She also leaves her beloved two kitties, Christopher and Baby. Memorial donations may be made in Robin’s name to the Paws and Claws Animal Shelter in Skagway.
A memorial service will be held in Skagway in the spring.

John H. Ringen, 1946-2007
John Harvey Ringen, 60, husband, father, son and friend to many, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2007, at the VA Hospice Care Unit in Vancouver, WA.
He was born on October 31, 1946 in Prairie City, OR to the late Harvey D. Ringen and Nona Ringen. He attended elementary school in John Day, OR before moving to Canyonville, OR and graduated from Canyonville High School in 1964. John served in the US Navy. He was stationed on the USS Princeton out of Long Beach, CA, during the Vietnam War. On May 14, 1966 he was united in marriage to Jodi Fleck in Portland, OR.
After his tour of duty, John and Jodi moved to the Portland area, with a brief sojourn to Maui, HI (where he made a name for himself at Maui Community College designing and building the dolphin), until their daughters graduated from high school and began their lives. At that time they embarked on an adventure to Florence, OR and owning their own business. John owned and operated Buccaneer Manufacturing. They made many visits to Skagway, AK to visit family and made many friends there. He could be found spending a lot of his time at his favorite store, Skagway Hardware.
John had many passions in his life: His wife always came first. His daughters were his joy. His grandchildren gave him pride. He cherished his friends. He loved cars of all sorts. He never tired of talking about them. Sundays were spent watching the sports he loved: auto racing, golf, football, and baseball, all days were spent talking about them. His days were filled experiencing the joys in his life and enriching everyone around him with stories of those joys.
John was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Ringen. He is survived by his wife, Jodi Ringen, of Florence, OR; daughter and her husband Mia Marie and Clifford Hocking, and their daughters, Katie Lynn and Ryleigh Anne of Hillsboro, OR; daughter and her husband Tamera Ann and John Klupar and their children John Conor, Kelly James and Sydney Anne of Fall City, WA; daughter and her husband Cynthia Lynn and John O’Daniel and their daughters Kaylie Maryah and Hannah Marie of Skagway, AK; his mother, Nona Ringen of Roseburg, OR; his aunt Analee Kirkwood of Roseburg, OR; his brother and his wife, David Ringen and Pam Stern and their children of Portland, OR; his sister and her husband, Mia and Craig Hubert and their children of Grand Blanc, MI; his brother and his wife Jim and Alice Ringen and their children of Maple Grove, MN; many, many other family members.
A memorial service for John was held on Feb. 21 at John’s shop, Buccaneer Manufacturing, 5045 Hwy 101, Florence, OR, followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cancer Research Unit at the VA Hospital in Portland, OR. We would like to thank Dr. Ian Schnadig, the nurses, especially in the ICU, and staff at the VA Hospital for the extraordinary care they provided to our father. – Submitted by the family