Pringle, Gerald J., Merrill, Michigan

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at the Toni and Trish Hospice House, with his loving family by his side, at the age of 88. Gerald was born May 3, 1922, in Saginaw, one of seven children of the late John and Frona (Foor) Pringle. He met Marilyn Swarthout at a local dance and they were married March 31, 1944, in Gainsville, TX. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in the 410th Infantry, 103rd Division. He was a WWII combat veteran serving in the European Theatre from 1942 to 1945. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. He was employed by Dow Chemical for over 40 years retiring in 1980. He belonged to the American Legion 0225 in Lansing, MI. He enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, carving, and playing the guitar. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; his children, Rodney (Mary) Pringle, Claudia (Ron Meyer) Kleppert, and Jacquelyn (Dave Lewis) LaCosse; six grandchildren, Jill Kleppert, Nathan Kleppert, Adam Pringle, Melody (Troy) Oswald, Courtney LaCosse, and Tiffany Pringle; five great-grandchildren, Coleton Pringle, Alivia, Ava, and Alexa Oswald, and Trinity Kleppert; brother Duane Pringle; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Larry Kleppert; and siblings, Durrell Pringle, Onieta Spangler, Merlin Pringle, Lois Valliere, Donna Drown. The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for all the wonderful and tender care they provided to Gerald. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2010, at W.L. Case & Company, 125 E. Saginaw St. in Merrill. Rev. Richard Gossett will officiate with burial to follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge under the auspices of VFW Post #1859 in Carrollton. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toni and Trish Hospice Home and Merrill Congregational Church.