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Lev "Leo" Ringo

December 20, 1948 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 73)


Lev "Leo" Ringo

73 years old, passed away on March 11, 2022 after a long health battle. 

Born in Riga, Latvia in 1948, Leo immigrated to the United States in 1980 searching for a better life for his family; plus, his wife said he had to.  After moving, he continued his trade of being a meat cutter.  Leo made it clear there was a difference between a meat cutter and a butcher, and he was definitely the former. He was very meticulous, took great pride in his work, and his work ethic was unmatched and something he taught his daughters by example.


At all times, family remained Leo’s first priority, and his grandchildren were the light of his life.  Not a day went by that he didn’t require at least twice-a-day conversations with his children so he could ask about his grandkids. After all, spoiling the grandkids, as well as all dogs (he was always sure to set food aside for his best dog friend and bring special treats to his grand-dogs), was his specialty. Leo was often perceived to be a “lion” on the outside, but really, he was a softie on the inside, particularly when it came to all his girls and his “bootinka.” 


Despite his physical ailments, Leo’s mind always remained sharp. He could remember the exact date, often down to the day of the week, of any major event in his family’s life. He loved sports (particularly soccer and hockey), throwing fancy birthday parties, beach vacations with his family, babies, and he likely knew more about U.S. politics than most elected politicians.  


At the end of the day, Leo will be remembered most for being a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, and friend. He was the type of guy to keep in touch with family and friends, near and far, and the glue to hold people together. He leaves a big hole, but many great memories.


Leo is survived by his love of 55 years, Maria; two daughters, Anna Ringo (Mark Ullom) and Renay (Adam) Pegg; his three beloved grandchildren, Darren (Bootinka), Camryn (Goosey), and Quinn (Quinny); and his brother, Alex Ringo. He is preceded in death by his parents, Naum Ringo and Khaya Semes Ringo, both of Latvia.


Services will be held graveside at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery North, in Westfield, IN at 2pm, Monday, March 14, 2022.

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