Glenn Luther Dingler

We received sad news from Rob Dingler yesterday about his father, Glenn Dingler. Glenn passed away on January 21. Glenn and his wife Jessie hosted the 2007 reunion in Little Rock, and they were regulars at the reunion for many years.

Glenn’s obituary is included below. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials to Partners in Progress, a medical mission to take staff and supplies up rivers in third world countries (PO Box 13989, Maumelle, AR 72113, or Windsong Church of Christ, 3 Windsong Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72113).

Our thoughts are with Glenn’s family and friends.

Glenn Luther Dingler
of North Little Rock, Arkansas
March 28, 1930 – January 21, 2022

After a short illness, Glenn Luther Dingler went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 21, 2022. Glenn was born in Pine Valley, Oklahoma on March 28, 1930, to Luther and Blanche Dingler. He later moved with his family to Kirby, Arkansas. He was the oldest of four children. Before he was married, Glenn served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He ended his military career in 1953 as a Corporal. On November 4, 1955, Glenn married Jessie Marie (Gilbert) Dingler. They had three sons. Their marriage lasted 57-years, until Jessie’s death in 2013.

Glenn retired in 1992 after a 37-year career from Arkla Gas Company (now CenterPoint Energy), where he started as a warehouse employee and worked up to Purchasing Manager. He served as President of the Arkansas Purchasing Management Association of Arkansas, the President of the Optimist Club of Greater Little Rock, and the President of the Arkla Retired Employees Association. His sons love to tell a funny story when radio disc jockey Craig O’Neil, famous for his on-air practical jokes, called up the Optimist Christmas Tree Sales Lot. Glenn answered the phone, and Craig, acting as an employee of the Little Rock Zoo, wanted to bring a sick Yak to the Christmas Tree lot to eat its native food, Christmas Trees. We still get a chuckle out of this story whenever it is told.

Glenn loved to play golf and travel to Dingler family reunions. (All of the U.S. Dingler families hale from one young German ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War as a mercenary for the British until he changed sides to fight against tyranny with the American forefathers). Glenn also enjoyed serving in social organizations and church. He was a deacon at the 6th and Izard Church of Christ for many years. When the church moved out to Maumelle, becoming Windsong Church of Christ, Glenn and Jessie followed along, continuing to worship with them. They even went on several foreign mission trips to Romania, Kosovo, and Myanmar, teaching English from the Bible. After losing his bride, Glenn continued serving as a deacon at Windsong until recently, when his memory began to fail.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jessie, Glenn was preceded in death by his brother, Eldon Dingler. He is survived by his three sons, Robert, Michael, and Steven, and their wives and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his youngest brother, Doyce Dingler of Arlington, TX, and his younger sister, Euvis Patterson of Visalia, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Home Care for making Glenn’s final days pain-free and peaceful. They would also like to thank the Avenir Assisted Living Facility staff for their excellent care for Glenn, particularly during these trying times of Covid.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Partners in Progress, a medical mission to take staff and supplies up rivers in third world countries (PO Box 13989, Maumelle, AR 72113, or Windsong Church of Christ, 3 Windsong Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72113.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. and funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.

I know that this will be disappointing news for everyone, but we have decided to cancel the 2021 reunion. The decision was made a few days ago, and while the CDC announced more relaxed guidelines today for vaccinated individuals, we’re standing by the decision to cancel for 2021.

At this time, we will not make any announcements for 2022. Should people continue to get vaccinated and observe all guidelines, we do expect the situation in 2022 to allow for meeting again and in a safe manner. As we get into the Fall and end of the year, we hope to share additional information about plans for 2022.

We will plan to have an online meetup again this year for those who wish to participate. We will share info about how to join closer to July.

Lisa Stanley shared with us recently that her cousin Terry Dan Dingler passed away April 19 at the age of 66. His obituary is reprinted below. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Terry Dan Dingler in boat with fish

Terry Dan Dingler, 66, of Burleson passed away Sunday April 19, 2020 in Ft.Worth

Private Graveside Service: April 23rd at George’s Creek Cemetery. 

Terry was born in Cleburne on July 20, 1953 to Bud and Dorothy Dingler. He loved to fish and hunt. But mostly he loved his family and friends.

Survivors: Wife of 40 years Sandy, son Steven and wife Laura Lane. Brother Ronnie Dingler and wife Joyce. Aunt Barbra Kaye Ingram. Two granddaughters Kinsey Lane and Kylee Jo Lane. One grandson Colton Lane and several nieces, nephews, and other family.

Originally published on the Mountain Valley Funeral Home web site.

Terry is on page 370 in the book, “Dinglers of the South” where his number is 1-4-4-11-1-3-1-1

I regret to announce that the 2020 Dingler Family Reunion will not take place this year as an in-person event. The current situation related to COVID-19 is such that we do not feel it would be safe to hold the event this year.  We are sure that those who were planning to attend are just as disappointed as we are.

For those of you who made hotel reservations at Homewood Suites in Columbus, the hotel has advised us that your reservation has been cancelled along with the overall group block.

We are planning to hold a virtual reunion meeting on Saturday, July 18, using Zoom.  The exact time is TBD, but we will send out information when we get closer to the date.  We hope to see you there.

We are planning to meet again in person in 2021. We are sticking with Columbus, and we are already working with the hotel to secure July 16-18 for our group. Mark your calendars now and save the date.

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you can join us online in July and in Columbus in 2021. Stay safe!

Eldon Dingler

We learned recently that Eldon Thomas Dingler of Sherwood, Arkansas, passed away August 8, 2019. He was 87. His obituary (as published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) is copied below:

Eldon Thomas Dingler, 87, passed away August 8, 2019. Eldon was the 2nd of 4 children born to Luther & Blanche Dingler. His brothers, Glenn and Doyce, and sister, Euvice, are still with us today and doing well.

Eldon grew up in the small town of Kirby, Arkansas on a farm where the motto was “we eat what we grow and raise.” Born at home, into a family with very little means, Eldon & his brothers and sister went on to lead very productive lives with deep Family & Christian ties.

After graduation from Kirby High School, Eldon did as many did in the day, joined the U.S. Navy and became a Veteran of the Korean War. Upon completion of his commitment to the country, Eldon returned to Arkansas and enrolled at Henderson State University. It was here where he met his wife, Diane, and received his Degree in Economics.

Eldon married Diane on June 20, 1959. They have two children, Tom & Brett; grandchildren, Evans, Drew, Brooke & Logan; & great-grandchildren, Emery & Oliver.

After Graduation from HSU and getting married, Eldon & Diane moved to Little Rock where Eldon joined the Administrative team at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center as a staff accountant. After a lengthy & very distinguished career with SVI, Eldon retired after 30 years as the Chief Financial Officer & Interim CEO.

After Eldon & Diane retired, they spent the next 20 years traveling all over the world, which was a lifelong dream. Their love was being around their children and grandchildren, treating them to nice family vacations at the beach.

Eldon & Diane were members of Lakewood Methodist Church, where Eldon served on numerous committees for over 40 years and formed lifetime bonds & friendships. He was also a founding member of the Little Rock Executive Association where he served as President and to this day is an honorary lifelong member.

The family would like to invite everyone out for visitation at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home on Monday, August 12th from 5-7 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating Eldon’s life will be held at Smith NLR Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 13 beginning at 11 a.m. A private family burial will be held following the memorial. Services will be held by Dr. Luke Conway & Dr. Harold Mitchell. Memorials may be made in Eldon’s name to Lakewood Methodist Church or to Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Online guestbook at