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“Love You Aunt June! Enjoy your well deserved rest! ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Timothy Duchow - San Diego, CA

“Our prayers to June`s family. Our many thanks for her years of dedication and service to LWML. She will be missed. The Chamberlain LWML ladies. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Lwml - Chamberlain - Friend

“I'm so sorry. I know June is home now! All my love, Naomi Krogman ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Naomi Krogman - MNewcastle, WY

“I have many memories of Aunt June. I loved learning how to make ice cream while we visited when Paul got married. The reunion of 1987 was great. ...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Roberta Osborne - Lebanon, OH

“Praying for her family as I know they will miss her dearly. Rest in peace, dear June. I can tell by the quality of your wonderful, beautiful...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jennifer Redlich - Charlotte, NC

“I was surprised to hear of June's passing. What a wonderful gift she received, being called home to her Lord. June was a true steward of God's love...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Jo Stier - Onida, SD

“We were so saddened to hear of June's passing. Jesus was ready to welcome her home, but we know she will be so missed here, by so many. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy & Marv Letellier - Kadoka, SD

“June was a LWML sister and friend who will be missed by many. She was an example of God's love for us all. She always had a smile and greeting for...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Janell McKinstry - Summerset, SD

“June was a strong energetic woman who grew tired & God could see it. With sympathy and peace to the family at this time ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Bourassa - Cresco, IA

“June was always at the Puppet Place at the State Fair with the Utecht's. She was a faithful LWML member - always at the district events - she was...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Jan Larson - Pierre, SD - Friend

“June was a special LWML sister and such a devoted worker at The Puppet Place. She was always a joy to be around. Please know my prayers are for you...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Magedanz - Watertown, SD

June Bertha Martha Ring

June Bertha Martha Duchow was born on November 3, 1937 in Havillah, WA, the third of seven children born to Rev. Marcus T. Duchow and Dorothea (Klotsch) Duchow. She was baptized into the death and resurrection of her Lord Jesus Christ at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Havillah, WA on November 21, 1937. In her early years she moved with her family through various calls in Washington, Oregon, and Nebraska. She was confirmed in her baptismal faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Grants Pass, OR in 1952.

She graduated from high school in Meadow Grove, NE in 1956 and attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE, graduating in 1960. She taught in Billings, MT and Bay City, MI before God led her to a one room country school, Prairie View, in rural Norris, SD. There she married local farmer/rancher Lawrence Ring (August 5, 1966) whom she had met previously when her father served as vacancy pastor of St. John Lutheran Church of Norris. To this blessed union were born four children: Rachel Ring of Dallas, TX; Bruce Ring (Jessie) of Norris; Marcus Ring (Kristy) of Gregory, SD; and Daniel Ring (Michelle) of Seabeck, WA.

In addition to keeping a Christian home, she enjoyed singing in church choirs and gardening and was actively involved in Ladies Aid (LWML), the Puppet Place at the South Dakota State Fair, and (SDSU) extension club. She was an avid reader, one of her favorite books from her childhood being Cheaper by the Dozen. Although she fell a little short of twelve children of her own, she shared her motherly compassion with the many children she babysat. After her children had grown she also enjoyed substitute teaching, quilting, puzzles, SD Cattlewomen, writing and presenting papers for the West River Historical Conference, and traveling to visit and care for her grandchildren. In all her travels she was proud to accomplish her goal of visiting all fifty States.

Remaining to cherish her memory are two sisters: Rose Wendt (Bob) of Olmsted, OH and Joyce Gierke (Chuk) of Omaha, NE; two brothers: James Duchow (Chris) of Stillwater, MN and Mark Duchow (Jane) of Imperial, MO; sister-in-law Judy Duchow of San Diego, CA; her four children, eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, etc.

She has joined in eternal life her parents, Marcus and Dorothea Duchow; her husband, Lawrence Ring; two brothers, Floyd Duchow and George Duchow; and many friends and relatives with whom she shared her faith-filled earthly life.

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Funeral services for June Ring, 80, of Norris, SD, were held Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Norris, SD, with Reverend Gregory Hinners and Reverend Andrew Utecht officiating. A prayer service was held Saturday evening at the church.

Nicole Huber was in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Carol Ferguson, organist. Congregational hymns were "I am Jesus' Little Lamb," "Children of the Heavenly Father," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," and "Jesus Lives, The Victory's Won."

Casket Bearers were Michael Ring, Matthew Ring, Sybil Henry, Rachel Sweeney, Daniel Henry, Stephanie Ring, Ryan Running Enemy, Reina Running Enemy, Reno Running Enemy, Riley Running Enemy, Risa Running Enemy, Charissa Ring, Robby Ring, Christian Ring, Jacob Ring, Gabriel Ring, and Noah Ring.

Burial was in the St. John Cemetery, Norris, SD.