Pastor Steve Dinkel

Pastor Steve Dinkel, 62, Hays, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, at his home.

He was born June 7, 1958, in Plainville to Leo and Odellia “Tillie” (Schamberger) Dinkel. He was raised in Quinter, a 1976 graduate from Quinter High School, attended a year at Maur Hill-Mount Academy in Atchison, attended Oral Roberts University in 1977, earned an associate’s degree in 2006 from Fort Hays State University and graduated in 2010 from Victory Bible Institute.

He married Kathy (Mall) on Feb. 27, 1982, in Hays. He became the pastor at Liberty Foursquare Church (then Liberty Christian Fellowship) in 1994 and spent the last 20 years in full-time ministry. He spent his early career in sales, selling cars at Unruh Chevrolet in Quinter, Tink’s Auto Mart in Tulsa, Okla., and Harries’ Motor Company in WaKeeney. He was a salesman for Western Office Supply and Northwestern Office Suppliers, both in Hays from 1985 to 2000.

He enjoyed RV’ing with his family in the Colorado Rockies, and enjoyed helping people purchase cars.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Chris Dinkel and wife, Ervis, New York, N.Y., and Matt Dinkel and wife, Rebekah, Olathe; two daughters, Molly Lofstrom and husband, Chris, Hays and Amanda Dinkel and husband, Indiana Elman, Wichita; a brother, Dennis Dinkel, Liberal; four grandchildren, Liam Dinkel, Marcelyn and Erin Lofstrom, Shiloh Dinkel; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents; his father-law, Gene Mall; and his mother-in-law, Charlotte Mall-Brantley.

A family only funeral service was held Aug. 15, at Liberty Foursquare Church, Hays; burial in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays.

Memorials are suggested to Foursquare Missions Press, St. Joseph Food Pantry or Liberty Foursquare Church, Hays, in care of Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

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Published on August 15, 2020