Douglas L. Ring, 74, passed away July 15, 2014. Born on April 23, 1940, in Terre Haute, Ind., moved to Pueblo in 1954, and graduated from Centennial in 1958. He became involved in the restaurant business and opened the Great American Winery in April 1974, until 1980. He was always involved in civic affairs and served on the City Council from 1975, to 1989. In 1990, Doug started his career as a Realtor and continued to the present. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Nell Ring; daughter, Meredith (Pat) Wheeler; grandchildren, Elise and Chase Wheeler; sister, Marlene (Russell) McNealy; and brother, Donald Ring. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of life open house, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 3. 2014, at Gus's Place, 1201 Elm St. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS at PO Box 11208, Pueblo, CO 81001, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences, www.MontgomeySteward.com

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  1. My Dearest Brother. We all will miss you forever. You left us way to soon. Sorry you had to suffer so much pain the last few years but no more pain now. I will never forget what a great brother you were from the time you were born until you were gone. I loved you so much. Mary Nell thank you for being such a good wife and sister on law. Meredith you were so adored by your dad. Sorry for your loss. My love to all of you. Marlene

  2. TO FAMILY & CHILDREN: Knowing YOUR FATHER/HUSBAND (going way back when I was at Centennial in those “early days” I can attest that he was someone that you could never forgot you throughout the years … whether it be that he was giving his intelligent leadership to our city’s improvement; credible service in any occupation he chose; or just a kind wave as he passed by … it continued if you’d seek services or advice through the years YOU COULD COUNT ON HIM FOR ADVICE. HIS TRUE GENUINE PERSONALITY and KINDNESS CAME THROUGH ALWAYS … even when he’d been seriously ill. I’m sure Mary Nell never waivered (as I knew her in her teaching career to be solid) & I’m sure she gave her positive meticulous care that made the difference in the extra years he had after such horrible health problems.
    DOUG CARRIED ALL OUR RESPECT FOR HIM AND I THINK IT MADE ALL WHO KNEW HIM BETTER NEIGHBORS. ***I FOR ONE & I’M SURE AMONG MANY, WILL MISS THOSE WAVES, HONESTY, KINDNESS & HIS GENTLE SMILES (& ESPECIALLY ME AS HE PASSED MY HOUSE AS I’D BE WORKING OUTSIDE***IT WAS ALWAYS A POSITIVE AFFIRMATION HE NEVER FORGOT YOU … he’ll be in my daily prayers forever …as I believe HIS SPIRIT & goodness will never be gone and will live within us forever..

  3. As a fellow Realtor,I can say the community has suffered a loss but it cannot compare to the family’s loss. May you all be comforted by your heavenly Father.

  4. Mary Nell and Family,

    Gwyn and I are so saddened to learn of Doug\’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Meeting Doug during Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in November of 1964 was such a privilege and joy. What a fun and dear friend. We will miss him. I can\’t tell you how many times I thought of him during the past 50 years. I feel truly blessed to have known Doug. Missed but never forgotten.

    Sincerely,

    Ed 17 633 650 USAR (Retired)
    a.k.a. Ed Augustine

    523 Beach Avenue
    Ames, Iowa 50014
    edjaugustine@gmail.com

  5. R.I.P Douglas ring from your computer Techs you were a fun person to talk to and help out, i just found out about this today my prayers go out to you and your family you will be missed but not forgotten.

  6. I have many fond memories of Doug. We were in several classes together at Centennial, one of which was in Edith Weed’s biology class. The things we tormented that poor teacher with? . . . another story for another day. God’s speed to his family and to himself!

  7. Mary Nell, you and your family are in my prayers. This really came as a shock to me which I think you can tell from the message I left on your answering machine. I have sent info about Doug\’s passing and the name of the funeral home and celebration of life to all our fellow classmates from the Centennial Class of 1958. I have received many great comments from classmates which I will copy and mail to you. I am so sorry for your loss. I will also miss him. He was a great person and friend.

  8. We want to share our surprise and sadness to all of Doug’s family. Meredith, you and Ted were students together at Centennial, so we are especially aware of this loss for you. I knew your dad enough to have had brief visits with him over the years! It was so good to see a Positive Puebloan as a leader who truly put our city first in the political arena! His contribution there will not be forgotten! I have saved some of his recipes from the paper’s Christmas Recipe Book, so I will treasure those! I feel sure that you and your mom will be fine, but we do know that you will need time to grieve and adjust!
    May you be given very special comfort and peace. Leah Samuelson and
    family

  9. Lolly and I are so sorry for your loss. I am proud to say I have known Doug since we were school mates at Risley Jr. High. We never were able to play golf together when his back was at full strength, but I know he is practicing now for the day we get together again.
    Ray Goldsberry

  10. Dear Mary Nell,
    I cannot tell you how stunned and saddened I am about the news of Doug. I feel like I have lost a brother. Doug brought so much joy and fun into our lives and we are all richer for knowing him. I know he adored you and your daughter and her family and you are all so lucky to have such a wonderful family. I shall see you on Aug. 3, and thank you for sharing Doug with his classmates, he has given us a wonderful legacy.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Karen Kellogg Fain

  11. Dear Mary Nell and family,
    Having just talked to Doug on Monday, I was certainly shocked and very saddened to learn of his passing on Tuesday. Doug was a fine man who obviously loved his family and was so proud of his grandchildren. Thank you, Mary Nell, for being so supportive of his endeavors, investing countless hours over many years, to make Pueblo a better place to be. He was a lucky man, and he knew it, to have had you as his partner in life. Pueblo will miss Doug, and what will the State Fair Pantry be without him? May he rest in peace. God bless and comfort you and your family in the days ahead. And I’ll bet Doug will be watching over all of you from some heavenly golf course in the sky.
    Anita Jagunich
    Verle’s Barber Shop

  12. Doug was a real community leader, and great family man! He will be missed by all. Rest in peace my friend. Dr. Ron Meek, Henderson, Nevada, Past President, Pueblo Community College

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