James P. "Jim" Dinkel, 71, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.


He was born Oct. 26, 1948, in Hays to Joe S. and Pauline (Karlin) Dinkel. He was a 1966 graduate of Victoria High School.


He married Peggy A. Leiker on Nov. 25. 1968, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and they celebrated 51 years of marriage. For many years he delivered milk for LK Dairy, and then was the maintenance director at The Mall. From 1968 to 1970 he was a military policeman in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea.


He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, he sang Taps with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 Honor Guard for many years, and was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 9076.


He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan. Most of all he enjoyed his family and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s events.


Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Danny Dinkel and wife, Jill, Hays; three daughters, Lori Post and husband, Shad, Hays, Amy Ames and husband, Eric, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Sarah Koelling and husband, Jeffrey, Overland Park; three brothers, Melvin Dinkel and wife, Clarita and Delmar Dinkel, all of Hays, and Kenny Dinkel and wife, Marjorie, Plainville; three sisters, Dorothy Jacob, Hays, Lucy Brown,Victoria, and Donna Deckman and husband, Joe, Hays; 11 grandchildren, Josh Post and wife, Sarah, Alyssa Moeder and husband, Trey, Ryan Post and fiancé, Shay, Sophie and Connor Ames, Emma, Caden, Colin, and Haven Dinkel, and Scarlett and Hudson Koelling; and four great-grandchildren, Mayci, Brooke, Lydia, and Gage, and one expected soon.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank Dinkel; and two brothers-in-law, Clarence "Bud" Jacobs and Robert Brown.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


A vigil/rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard in care of the funeral chapel.


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