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.