Edward Alan Ring, age 67 of Pattonville, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at home with his loving family at his side.
Ed was born on November 24, 1951 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Cloyd Edward and Ada May (Fry) Ring. In 1993, he met the love of his life, Sandra Jean, and they began their lives together.
Many knew Ed by different names like Alan, Ed, Greasy, Pap and Dad. Many will remember Edward for multiple reasons, but the common denominator to having a friendship with Ed was service. He lived a life of service to his faith, his family, our Country and our community. If one were to provide a blue print to a young person today of what an honorable life consists of, it would emulate the accomplishments, achievements and sacrifices of our beloved Edward Alan Ring.
Edward Ring served our country with the United States Army from 1970 to 1973. This included a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972 where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. After his return stateside, he was selected to support the funeral of the Former President, Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1973 as a result of his exceptional duty. Unfortunately, his exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam would affect his health until his death.
Ed continued a life of service, not only through his business of 22 years at Pattonville Truck and Auto, also known locally as the “Domino Hall”, but through a drive to be “Larger than Life” in his community. He served on the Pattonville Fire Department for more than 20 years, holding the position of Chief from 2000 until 2009. He was a former president of the Lamar County Fire Fighters Association, Board Member and Past President of the Pattonville Water Department, proud member of American Legion Post #30 in Paris. Sundays found Ed at our local Wal Mart, informally employed as the Pattonville greeter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joe Fry. Surviving family includes his beautiful wife Sandra, his siblings; Kathy, Georgette, Barbara and Tom, his children and step children; Tammy, Heather, Ashliegh, Casey, Paul, Nita, Sherrell, and Darren along with his many lovely grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, Memorials be directed in Ed’s name to the Pattonville Volunteer Fire Department, or your Local VFD or Veterans Service Organization, so that we can take care of those, who take care of us.
Memorial Services will be held on December 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Pattonville Volunteer Fire Department, Pattonville, Texas. Bro. Roger Scaff and Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating