Class of 1912

Albert Joseph Ringler

July 24, 1892 – April 14, 1922

Albert Ringler passed away Friday evening, April 14th at 8:35 after two weeks of illness with a complication of double pneumonia, yellow jaundice and quinzy. Midnight services were held at the Methodist church by members of the Oklahoma Consistory of which he was a member. Funeral services in charge of the local American Legion were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock and the body laid to rest in Grace Hill Cemetery.

Albert Ringler was born in Trinidad, Colorado, on July 24th, 1892, and died in Perry, Oklahoma, on April 14, 1922, at the age of 29 years, 8 months and 20 days. He came to Oklahoma in its early history with his parents and has spent most of his life in our midst. He was a student of the local schools, graduating with the high school in the class of 1912.

At an early age Albert developed a leaning towards the drug and medical profession and before his school days were over was employed by the Howendobler Pharmacy. Here he served an apprenticeship in the drug business, later taking special training and passing the state examination as a registered pharmacist. He was also employed by the Quaker and other drugs stores in Tulsa, after leaving Perry, and later purchased and operated his own store in Collinsville, Oklahoma.

When America entered the war, Albert sold his business and enlisted. He was placed in the Medical Corps and spent many months overseas, being in active field work in many battles with the American army on the drive before the fortified city of Metz. After the war ended he spent some time with the army of occupation. On his return to the United States and discharged from the service, Albert came to Perry, and associated with his brother W.R. Ringler, established the Ringler Brothers Drug Store. Shortly after the opening the of R.A. Latin confectionery business it was purchased and consolidated with the drug store, which fast grew into one of the popular catering places of the city under the efficient personal management of Albert.

An attack of quinzy came on, to be followed rapidly by pneumonia and yellow jaundice, which resulted Friday in the final discharge of an excellent young man from service among his fellowman.

Fraternally, Albert was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and finished all the rites of the Scottish Rite and had taken five in the York Rite. He was also a member of the Knight of Pythias and Odd Fellows together with the local post American Legion, being active in the latter after his return from army service. In life he was a friend and brother to every man, public spirited, progressive, and highly respected by all who he came into contact. He was a member of the city council, and was county health officer devoted much time and attention to both these public offices.

In being called by his great commander, Albert leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. B. Ringler, two brothers Benjamin Ringler and W.B. Ringler, three sisters Mrs. Ora Hall of Bristow, and Misses Mabel and Ruth Ringler.

“The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat the soldier’s last tattoo.
No more on life’s parade shall meet the brave and fallen few.
On fame’s eternal camping ground their silent tents are spread.
And glory guards, with solemn round, the bivouac of the dead.”