Arthur Edward RingMay 13, 1926 ~ September 15, 2017 (age 91)
With great sorrow, the family of Arthur Edward Ring report his passing on September 15, 2017. What a loving man, husband, father and grandfather, with a heart filled with the simple joys of living and generously loving others.
Art Ring was born in The Bronx at a very early age, served in the Navy during WWII and for a return engagement during the Korean Conflict. Art served in PBM amphibious aircraft as a radioman petty officer in the VP 731 squadron based at Naval Air Station Sangley Point near Manila, the Philippines. Some of his favorite stories were from his time in the Navy. When his airplane landed in the waters of Hong Kong, they had to be careful to avoid crashing onto small fishing boats that would later come up to their seaplane tender for Art’s leftovers. On a joint patrol, Art found it notable that his Chinese counterpart wore his pistol in a wooden holster. He was proud of his service and attended Navy reunions regularly for many decades. Art attended Syracuse University for a BS and MS; taught High School Science in Syracuse; was an elementary school teacher and a teacher of teachers for the Campbell Union School District for 29 years; taught at San Jose State University and Santa Clara University in the Education Departments.
Art was married to Josephine Hotaling Ring for over 60 years, and is survived by his son Ed, daughter Joanne, and grandsons Julian and Tristan. Art was a John Steinbeck devotee who would want you to know that his beloved hometown of Campbell is located just 12 miles from Los Gatos where Steinbeck wrote, “Grapes of Wrath”, and 65 miles from Salinas where Steinbeck grew up. As a class teacher and a science curriculum teacher, Art’s gift to students was his lifelong genuine sense of wonder and joy in all things to learn about our world. For Art, this truly is a wonderful world! As a fan and student of Steinbeck, he read and collected all his books and many references, contributed as a speaker at the Salinas Steinbeck Festival, Stanford, SJSU and Monterey. He took his children to Doc’s Lab and Cannery Row in earlier times when the foggy, abandoned strip of canneries and shops was a walk into the past, served on the Cannery Row Foundation Board, occasionally acting as a docent at Doc’s Lab, and was on the MHC Steinbeck Research Center Board at SJSU. These involvements brought him the chance to share his warmth and enthusiasm with many others.
Visitation is Thursday, September 21 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Darling Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel. Sharing time will begin at 7:30. Art will be buried next to his beloved Josephine. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Campbell.