James Dean Ringquist, age 69, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, losing his brave battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo. Interment will be in the St. Patrick Church Cemetery in Jordan, Minnesota.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, and will continue Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church, prior to Mass.
Arrangements are being handled by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Jim was born March 14, 1945, in Fergus Falls, to Julia and Elmer Ringquist.
He married Andrina Kohn in July 1979. A wonderful and happy 35-year marriage provided priceless memories of all his family including his friends, teaching, cars, rocks, Studebakers and memorabilia, playing guitar, listening to music The Fabulous Flippers and rock and roll, selling things on EBay, and taking road trips.
Jim loved driving, and the journey was always as important as the destination.
He taught high school chemistry, physics, and science for five years in Britton, SD, five years in Ogilvie, MN, and the last 25 years in Rockford. Jim loved his job and worked hard every day to make sure that his students were engaged and could learn all they could. His students always spoke highly of him and his teaching.
Jim spent the last 10 years retired and working on his cars and his many projects around the house and yard, with his final project being building a “man cave.”
Jim and Andrina did lots of traveling to Arizona, Kansas, and South Dakota.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and two brothers-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Andrina; daughter Tanya; son Jon; three sisters; one brother-in-law; and other family members, nieces, and nephews.