Bruce D. Ringer, 63, of Tarentum, died of colon cancer at the hospital Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Bruce was born Friday, April 12, 1957, in Natrona Heights, to Dorothy (Negley) Ringer and the late Andrew Ringer. He graduated from Highlands High School class of 1975. He was an Army veteran. He was a certified welder and was a union sheet metal worker when he moved back from Florida. He took part in the 911 search and rescue at Shanksville, Pa. He opened the first doggie day care in Allegheny County in 1996. He was the first nationally certified professional dog trainer and the first certified nose work instructor in Western PA. Bruce had been a dog trainer for more than 35 years. He loved being around the dogs and opened Ringer's Pet Dog Training in Tarentum, and then a second location in Natrona Heights. He lived and worked dogs 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 35 years.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kim (Freehling) Ringer; his four dogs and many daycare dogs that were like family; his mother, Dorothy Ringer; his sister, Barbara (Johnny Lee) Cranfill, of Lakeland, Fla.; his brother, Andrew Brian (Juanita Webber) Ringer, of Anchorage, Alaska; nine nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
As per Bruce's wishes, there will be no public visitation or services. Cremation will take place. Services are under of the care of the ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME INC., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065, 724-224-7730. For more information or to leave a condolence, please visit www.petersfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions can be made to help pay medical expenses. They can be mailed to Kim Ringer at 3041 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065, or there will be donation added to Ringer's Pet Dog Training Facebook page.
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