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Wendelin A. 'Buddy' Dinges

Published on -10/28/2013, 10:01 AM

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Wendelin A. "Buddy" Dinges, 90, Hays, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Schoenchen to Carl and Christina (Dreher) Dinges.

He married Alvera Leiker on Aug. 26, 1946, in Hays. She preceded him in death in 2011. He worked in construction and at Higher View Dairy, LK Dairy, and at Hadley Regional Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.

He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, and the VFW and American Legion.

He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed helping on the farm, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Kenny Dinges and wife, Carol, Hays; three daughters, Kathy Montgomery and husband, Dale, Hays, Denise Gross and husband, Marvin, and Debbie Witthuhn and husband, Kevin, all of Bazine; a daughter-in-law, Jane Dinges, Victoria; a sister, Elizabeth Wolf, Wimauma, Fla.; sister-in-law, Olivia Dinges, Aurora, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert; a granddaughter, Emily Gross; two brothers, Antonio and Alex; and six sisters, Henrietta, Flourentine, Isabel, Cecelia, Leona and Veronica.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military honors by the Hays VFW and American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

A vigil will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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