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Gilbert 'Bucks' Dinges

7/9/2014

Gilbert "Bucks" Dinges, 87, Schoenchen, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Via Christi Village in Hays.

He was born Dec. 2, 1926, in Schoenchen to Peter and Katie (Engle) Dinges.

He married Alfrieda Herrman in l950 in Liebenthal. They were married for 64 years. He was a farmer all his life. He was a member of the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1949. In l971, he opened a family business called Rock Haven located north of Schoenchen. Later Rock Haven was sold, but it retains its original name. Dinges was elected mayor in Schoenchen from 1973 to l974. He retired from USD 489 in l991 after 25 years of service to the school district.

He was also a 3rd degree member of Knights of Columbus 4166 Schoenchen, and a 4th degree Knights of Columbus 00282 member. He was a member of St. Anthony Church, Schoenchen. He was a lector in the church for 42 years and also was a eucharistic minister. He served on numerous church committees for six different priests.

In the last years of his life, he and his wife found great joy in having their twin great-grandchildren involved in their lives. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather to his family.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Jason Dinges and wife Beryl; two daughters, Karen Dinges Staab and husband Pat, and Beverly Dinges Gross; a brother, Jim Dinges and wife, Erma, Schoenchen; a sister, Mary Binder and husband, Robert, Hays; two sisters-in-law, Lavone Dinges, Hays, and Mary Dinges of Bend, Ore.; six grandchildren, Joshua Dinges and wife, Sarah, Matthew Dinges, Zachary Dinges and wife, Michelle, Kourtney Gross, Megan Staab, and Sammy Staab; Four great-grandchildren, twins Javon Searight and Leia Searight, Carter Dinges and Naomi Dinges.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Joe Dinges; his brothers, Alvin Dinges, Julius Dinges, Victor Dinges and Henry Dinges; and a sister, Hilda Dinges Staab.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Schoenchen. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the Hays VFW.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A combined 3rd and 4th degree rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a parish vigil at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home. The 4th degree Knights of Columbus will provide an honor guard from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice, St. Anthony's Church Cemetery, or TMP. C

ondolences can be sent to the family by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.