Gerald H. “Jerry” Ringler, Sr.

March 25, 1935 - January 9, 2021

Gerald H. “Jerry” Ringler, Sr., age 85, of Bear, DE, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 9, 2021. He was born on March 25, 1935, in Roaring Spring, PA, a son of the late Grant T. and Inez M. (Heuston) Ringler.

Jerry graduated from Wilmington High School in 1953. During his early boyhood, Jerry played baseball every chance he had. Through 1950-1955, he played for Warner Junior High as well as several American Legion teams. Jerry also played for Elsmere in the New Castle County league, semi-pro for Cranston Heights and finalized his baseball career with the Cornerstone United Methodist baseball team. Capable of playing any position, he seemed to enjoy playing catcher and first base positions most. Jerry loved baseball and was a true Phillies fanatic!

He served in the Delaware National Guard and completed military radar training at Fort Bliss, TX.  Jerry became a field engineering specialist for IBM and retired with numerous “IBM Means Service” awards after 35 years. Post retirement, he felt the need to share his strong technical talent and volunteered his time to assist Pastor Paul Owens at Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Jerry was chief installer and purchasing agent of the telephone and computer systems throughout the childcare and senior centers at the church. He had many hobbies and interests, which included golf, bowling, boating, and travel trailering.

Jerry spent many hours working on ancestry documentation and had very accurate journals printed for the family. He proudly displayed his National Rifle Association (NRA) and Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association (DSSA) memberships.

He always had a pleasant voice and friendly disposition. Jerry was known for his unique and witty sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, Carl Bastek of Smyrna, DE, Herman (Hut) Bastek of Marianna, FL, John and Terry Dwyer of Magnolia; he will be also missed by his close friend and lunch buddy, David Harnett.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Ann and brother, Richard T. Ringler. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Adella S. (Dale) Ringler; son, Gerald H. “Jay” Ringler, Jr. (Sandra Lynn); brother, Thomas G. Ringler (Tami) of Jerico Springs, MO; grandchildren, Gerald H. III “Jay” of Cocoa Beach, FL and Michael Brandon of Aberdeen, MD; and great grandchildren, Vada Janocha, Brayden Ringler, and Olivia Ringler.

All services and interment will be held privately. 

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Jerry’s service can live stream the service by clicking here at 11 am on Monday, January 25, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Christ the Cornerstone United Methodist Church at the address listed above.


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20 Condolences for Gerald H. “Jerry” Ringler, Sr.

  • Jerry will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family.

  • My DEEPEST DEEPEST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES to sweet Aunt Dale, cousin Jay and extended Family. Uncle Jerry was such a sweet, funny man. He always had the funniest one liners to make us smile and laugh. We are ALL truly going to miss him.
    Rest In Peace Uncle Jerry we love you.

  • Dale, I’m truly sorry for your loss. Please know I’m here for you. Ginger Carroll

  • Dale, We are truly sorry for your loss. Jerry is at Peace with the Lord.

  • Many Blessings Jerry, We miss you and all the great times we had with Dale and you and Ron and Alma. We really enjoyed your stories. You always put a smile on our faces. Rest in Peace dear friend. Jim and Dolores.

  • Jay and Family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I had the pleasure of working with your dad during the DuPont days when we had an army of IBM’rs supporting the data center. His sense of humor always made it fun to work with him.

  • My condolences to the family. I had the opportunity to work many Saturday nights with Jerry in the bowels of the DuPont data centers. Jerry was the consummate professional and truly demonstrated the support for the customer as a Customer Engineer. Jerry was a quick learner who earned the opportunity to be a member of the teams that installed much of the new technology in DuPont’s data centers. His presence was always a reassurance to us that the job would get done and get done correctly. I enjoyed my many pre-planning and post install debrief meetings with Jerry and his cohort John Concord and I was always entertained by their banter. It was a privilege to have known and worked with Jerry, may he rest in peace.

  • Jerry was always a welcome sight at Wilmington Trust. Whenever he arrived to solve a problem it got solved. He and Bob Lamb did many hardware installs in our Data Center from the 1401 through the 370 years. Always professional! A good guy. He will be missed.

  • To All of my Ringler Family and to my lovely
    Auntie Dale,
    It is so hard to put into words the depth of the loss of my Uncle Jerry. I can’t help but picture my dad and Jerry’s reunion in heaven and both of them wearing Hawaiian shirts. It gives me comfort to see them this way. Sending ALL my love to the Ringler Family.
    Melissa Ringler
    Daughter of Richard “Dick” Ringler
    Travelers Rest South Carolina

  • Dale and Jay,
    My deepest sympathy on the passing of my cousin Jerry. He would warm up any room with his smile and little stories, even when we talked on the phone. I was going to come up last spring, but with the virus it was impossible. When things get back to normal and I head to PA., I will stop to see you. You have taken such good care of Jerry, now you need to take care of yourself. Many blessings

  • Dale and Jay
    I am so sorry for your loss and pray for your strength in this difficult time. I will miss my Uncle Jerry so much. My memories of him will be with me all my life.

  • This is very sad news indeed and my deepest sympathies go out to the family. Jerry was a kind, helpful, unforgettable person who always seemed to care. Working with him for years was a real pleasure and I can’t begin to guess how many lessons I / we all learned from him. He always shared what he knew and he always did the very best he could for anyone no matter what the situation was. He was never afraid of a challenge and actually seemed to like engaging in the tougher situations / figure them out. Just like his work – his sense of humor and wit was top notch. I have very vivid memories of some of the finer moments around the office that got us all to laugh. He’ll be sorely missed.

  • Prayers to my family up North. Have been thinking about them for the last few weeks. Love them all.

  • Aunt Dale,

    Despite my few times seeing both you and Uncle Jerry in my life I offer my condolences to you Aunt Dale. Losing someone you love is the hardest thing that can happen to anyone, but so long as they’re in your heart their legacy and memories will live on through you and all of us. Lets continue down this path called life and hold our memories of him with us dearly.

  • Dear Dale, I am so sorry for your loss. Please call if there is anything you need.

  • Dale and all the Ringler family

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Cousin Jerry was such a great guy. He always made me laugh! I will always remember him for his sense of humor and for his thoughtfulness and kindness. RIP Jerry

  • Wonderful memories of working with Gerry at IBM. Always helpful and oh so funny, good person. He called me Sonny for some reason but it was fine with me. He will be missed.

  • Aunt Dale and Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Jerry was amazing and I have fond memories of him. Love you both and the rest of the family.

  • I sorry to hear about jerry I remember him and his wife dale threw my dad randolph hague I remember coming to u house and going to the beach in del my deappost sympathy carolyn hague

  • May my dad and jerry be having fun in heaven like the old days carolyn