Featured Stories

George (Truxton) Ringe & June Ringe

Truxton peacefully died in his home in Lacey, Wash. on Nov. 18, 2012.
   His wife, June Elizabeth Morse Ringe, survived him. June then passed away on Nov. 25, 2012.
   They were 95 and 94 years old respectively and had just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
   Both attended Oregon State College in Corvallis, Ore. where they met. Truxton belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon, was a sports reporter for the Barometer, graduating in 1940 as an electrical engineer with a focus on power. He went to work for Westinghouse in Baltimore, Md. In 1941 he entered the US Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He was on active duty until 1950 when he went into the reserves. He retired from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1957.
   June graduated from Oregon State College where she belonged to the Pi Beta Phi house and was homecoming queen. She graduated in Home Economics in 1940.
   She and Truxton were married in 1941. Her first teaching job was in Oregon City, Ore. in 1941. From 1942 through 1944, she worked for General Mills (Betty Crocker) and at the same time went to graduate school at Syracuse University and got her masters degree. They were married in 1944. She then returned to Prineville, where she had grown up, and took a teaching job teaching home economics.
   In 1951, Truxton went to work for Westinghouse in Los Angeles, Calif. as an electrical engineer. In 1954 he accepted a job with the Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. where he worked for 30 years until he retired in 1984. They lived in Bellevue, Wash. He was associated with major Boeing weapon system programs for 25 years, starting with an engineering supervisory role on the Bomarc missile system. He was then chief engineer of the minuteman missile system. In later years, he was program manager of the 707 Long Range Patrol Aircraft, deputy program manager of the B-1 Avionics Program, and program manager of the Short-Range Attack Missile.
   June was very involved in her book club, garden club, and became a writer of poetry books. Both enjoyed golf and skiing. When Truxton retired, they continued to golf, ski, and travel extensively.
   Both were supporters of Oregon State University since they graduated — June in Foods and Nutrition and Truxton in Electrical Engineering. They both have scholarships in their names given to Oregon or Washington residents who are full time students. In addition to these scholarships, they established the June and Truxton Ringe Faculty Excellence Fund for Life Quality and Longevity to support faculty and graduate students conducting research on healthy aging.
   Nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and nephews survive them. A celebration of life gathering will be held at Panorama Retirement facility in Lacey, Wash. in January or February.