LOUIS RINGLÉ

Louis A. Ringlé, age 96, of Greenville, DE passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 surrounded by his wife, son and daughter. Lou was born in Bas Rhin, France on March 19, 1922, the only child of Marguerite (Becker) and Ludwig Ringlé. His family emigrated to Buffalo, NY in 1924.

He served in the US Army during WWII, landing on Utah Beach, D-Day plus 8. His field artillery unit fought many battles throughout France and Germany. Lou was fluent in German and was a great help to Allied Intelligence. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Following the war Lou attended the Art School of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He majored in Industrial Design and graduated with honors. While at Pratt, Lou met and fell in love with his future wife, Elaine. Following graduation, he came to Wilmington where he and a fellow graduate started the only design company in Delaware, Designers & Company Inc. in 1949. In 1952 Designers & Company merged with the DuPont Company Advertising Department, where Lou was the Industrial Design Consultant on a company wide basis. He innovated new product applications and concepts. He made presentations at the corporate level to potential customers. Later he designed for various departments in DuPont. In 1970 Lou went to work for the Franklin Mint as the Director of Packaging Design and Development. He retired in 1990 after a thoroughly enjoyable career with the Franklin Mint due to it’s creative and innovative atmosphere. His professional memberships included the Industrial Designers Society of America and Packaging Institute of America

Lou was a thoughtful, patient, soft spoken man with a dry sense of humor and quick wit. He was a gifted designer but was very humble about his work. He enjoyed sailing and skiing and shared his passions with his children.

Lou is survived by his wife of almost 67 years - Elaine Ferguson Ringlé;
son - Geoffrey F. Ringlé and wife Linda Ann; daughter - Linda E. Dedman and husband David; two grandsons - David Dedman and wife Allie, Matthew Dedman and fiancé Katlyn; two great grandsons - Samuel and Benjamin Dedman.

The family appreciates the years of care by the Country House Health Center and the care and support given by Vitas Hospice.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Albans Center, 913 Wilson Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Interment at Lower Brandywine Cemetery will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to Friends of Brandywine Hundred Library, PO Box 8051, Wilmington, DE 19803-8051 or online at http://www.friendsbhl.org/donate/.