Kring, John M., Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away on October 11, 2014 at the Cartwright Hospice Residence. Age 80 years old. The son of the late Merle and Thelma (Headley) Kring was born on March 18, 1934, in Petoskey, MI. John was a graduate of Alma College. While attending Alma College he was a member and co-captain of the football team. He married his college sweetheart Louise Roths on December 22, 1956. She survives him. As a recipient of the National Science Foundation Scholarship, John received his Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University. His career in education began in Greenville, MI teaching and coaching for the public schools. John then moved to Bay City in 1961, as the Assistant football coach at Bay City Handy. In 1962, he moved to Saginaw where he taught mathematics and coached football at Arthur Hill High School. He started the wrestling program at Arthur Hill High School as well as in Greenville. His career advanced with the Saginaw Public Schools into administration as the Assistant Principal of Arthur Eddy and Central Junior High Schools. He retired in 1991. In 1998, John was inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame. After retirement, John continued teaching skilled math at Delta College as an adjunct professor. John was a member of the Saginaw Club and most recently the Saginaw Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf and loved sports. He was an avid duplicate bridge player. Surviving besides his wife of 58 years are two daughters, Katharine (Michael Dugan), Rochester, MI and Kristine, Saginaw, MI. Five grandchildren; Christopher, Madeline, Peter, Lauren, and Trevor; his sister, Gloria Hull, Petoskey, MI, and cousin, David Kring, Harbor Springs, MI. He was also predeceased by a brother Wayne Kring. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the kindness extended by the caregivers and therapists at HealthSource, Covenant Hospice nurses, and the caregivers at Cartwright Hospice Residence. In accordance with John's wishes cremation has taken place. The Celebration of John’s Life will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., 1218 N. Michigan Ave. Rev. Fr. Joseph A. Schabel will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Wakeman Funeral Home, on Friday, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. John’s committal service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey, MI. Chaplain David Behling will officiate. Those wishing to express their sympathies are asked to consider memorial contributions in memory of John to HealthSource Saginaw, VNA-Covenant Hospice or the Cartwright Hospice Residence. Memories and sympathies of John may be shared with the family on his memorial website at WakemanFuneralHome.com.