Donald Hess Dinger, age 83 of Kahoka, MO, died peacefully on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka surrounded by his loving family.
Donald was born August 9, 1931 in Kahoka, MO, a son of Herbert and Bertha Hess Dinger.
He was united in marriage to Limjke (Linda) Hogeboom on June 14, 1958 at Wyandotte, MI.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Linda, a faithful source of comfort and support for 57 years. He is also survived by his daughters, Johanna (Soloman) Viramontes of Lake Wales, FL, Janet (Michael) Lawlor of Winter Haven, FL; a son, David (Kathy) Dinger of Keokuk, IA; grandsons, Sean, Joseph, David, Keegan, Kasey and Kory; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al Pasiuk of Southgate, MI, Sip and Jo Hogeboom of Grou, Netherlands, Jenny and Klaas Veenstra of Seattle, WA, Marvin Hogeboom of Sneek, Netherlands, Hinkae Kuiper of Den Haag, Netherlands, and Albert Hogeboom of Sneek, Netherlands; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded death by his parents and siblings: Mary Pasiuk, Amy Dinger, and Betty (Gerald) Denham.
Don was a 1948 graduate of Kahoka High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri and then served in the U.S. Navy. He received a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He spent his career in administration.
Don and Linda returned to Missouri when his health began to fail to be near his extended family in Clark County.
Don was a member and confirmed in the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Pastor Dixie Laube officiating. Special music was “Morning Has Broken”, “As Time Goes By”, “I Can Only Imagine” and “Go Now In Peace”.
Burial with military rites was in the St. Paul Cemetery.
Visitation was held at St. Paul United Church of Christ on Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. with family receiving friends until time of services.
Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to St. Paul United Church of Christ.
The family was served by Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralserice.com.
Acknowledgement of Military Service
The United States Nave and the members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars hereby acknowledge that Comrade Donald Hess Dinger served our country for three years, four months and five days in the United States Navy.
He served as a Naval Aviator (pilot) attaining the rack of Lieutenant Junior Grade (Lt. Jg)0-2.
He was awarded and authorized to wear the following decorations: China Service Medal (extended), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal.
Comrade Dinger enlisted 26 February 1953, received and honorable discharge 30 June 1956, and returned to Clark County, Missouri.
The ship has been darkened, and the bell mournfully tolls for our shipmate who joined the staff of the Supreme Commander on 21 June 2015. During his final assignment, we wish him fair winds and following seas.