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1941 Peter 2020

Peter Ringhofer

June 29, 1941 — October 27, 2020

Peter Paul Ringhofer, 79, of Meadowlands, died on Tuesday October 27, 2020 at home from Small Cell Lung Cancer.  He was born in Duluth on June 29, 1941 to Alois and Josephine Ringhofer.  Peter graduated from Toivola Meadowlands High School and the Salter Vocational School.  He married Betsy Blom on July 7, 1962 at St. Mary’s Church in Meadowlands.  Peter had worked at Overhead Door in Duluth, in 1963 he started Dairy Farming with his brother Louie.  He drove school bus and worked as an EMT for the Meadowlands Ambulance for many years.  Peter was very active in the community.   He was involved in the formation of ISD 710 and sat on that board for many years, he was on the TRICO Co-op board in Cloquet, was a T-M sports booster, was on the Elmer Volunteer Fire Department, Chairman of the T-M Development Board, the Meadowlands Manor Board, Sexton of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, and a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Peter loved to hunt and fish with his family, if someone needed help, he was there, he loved to tell a good story.  His family was of utmost importance to him and he very much enjoyed time spent with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Peter and Betsy raised and loved many labs over the years, including his current lab Lincoln.  The family wishes to extend a special Thank You to St. Mary’s Oncology staff, and Dr. Vera and Dr. Sawyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and a grandson Kyle.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Betsy, children Shawn (Mary), Shelby, Heidi (Don) McKay, Timm (Nita), Ryan (Nicky), and Natalie (Doug) Buys, grandchildren Luke, Paige, Anthony, Alex, Jessica, Anna, Eli, Reece, Lauren, Blake, and Spencer, great-grandchildren Chase, Vincent, Milo, Charlotte, Burke, and August, his sister Donna (Alan) Lennox, numerous nieces and nephews.

Private Family Funeral Mass will be held on Friday October 30, 2020 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Meadowlands. Public Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Elmer at 12:15 on Friday with masks and social distancing.  Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home.  218-727-3555.  The service will be live streamed on the Dougherty Funeral Home Facebook page starting at 10:55AM.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 999 Hwy 133, Meadowlands, MN 55765.

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