George F. Dinkel

George F. Dinkel, 94, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at his home, south of Victoria.

He was born Feb. 17, 1926, on the family farm south of Victoria to Frank M. and Rosa (Hertel) Dinkel. He grew up south of Victoria, attended school in Victoria.

He married Mary Ann (Hertel) on May 11, 1964, in Victoria. He was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1950 to 1952 and was stationed in Japan.

He was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, Treasurer for the Victoria Township Board, Victoria Veterans of Foreign Post No. 1751 and a Past Commander. He served on the St. Fidelis Parish Council, was active in the Victoria Boys Scouts, and received Ellis County Conservation Awards. He was an expert welder, and was very devoted to his woodworking. Many of his projects were children’s furniture, cars, trucks, and other toys constructed out of oak. Every year he donated several woodworking projects for the parish auction.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Mark Dinkel and wife, Cindy; a daughter, Cheryl Downes and husband, Charles, Council Grove; a brother, Father Harvey Dinkel O.F.M. Cap., Victoria; two sisters, Mary Younker, Antonino and Viola Richmeier, Grinnell; six grandchildren, Megan Schroeder (Josh), Michael Dinkel, Ashleigh Dooley (Steven), Rhiannon Downes and fiancé, Bryan Chestnut, Makenzie Downes and Lakoddah Downes; and five great grandchildren, Angelina, Riley, Elaina, Scarlet Schroeder; and Paysleigh Dooley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hilarius, Clarence and Edward Dinkel; eight sisters, Julitta Dechant, Bertha Prewo, Regina Dechant, Sr. Francis Rose Dinkel CSA, Irene Scruggs, Melinda Griebel, Sr. Paul Ann Dinkel CSA, Rita Mae Rohr;; and two infant siblings, Fidelis Dinkel and Viola Mary Dinkel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery with military honors by Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Victoria, KS 67671.

A vigil service with a Knights of Columbus / V.F.W. rosary will be at 7 p.m.Tuesday, all at the mortuary.

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Memorials are suggested to The Basilica of St. Fidelis or Victoria V.F.W.

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Posted online on December 05, 2020