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 www.smithfamilycares.com.

Map of Georgia with Columbus marked with a star
Map of Georgia with Columbus marked with a star

The 2020 Dingler Family Reunion will be in Columbus, Georgia, from July 17-19. This year will mark the 41st consecutive year of these reunions, and we thought it was time to return to Georgia. We will be meeting in Columbus for the first time, and we hope to see all of you there.

I’ll talk about things to do in Columbus in a later post, but for now I want to cover the information about booking your hotel room. Our group is staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Columbus. This is an all-suite hotel, and our room block contains both King suites ($99 + tax) and Double Queen suites ($109 + tax). These rates are also good for Thursday night if you plan to arrive early.

You can book your room online by going to the Dingler Family Reunion page or by entering Group Code DFR (for Dingler Family Reunion in your search on the Hilton website. You can also call the hotel directly to book your room, just be sure to ask for the Dingler Family Reunion rate (rate code DFR). The hotel address and phone number are:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus
6614 Whittlesey Blvd
Columbus, Georgia 31909
Tel: +1-706-568-3545

Rooms must be booked by June 26 in order to receive the discounted reunion rate.

Go book your rooms, update your calendars, and please share this information with other family members. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in July in Columbus!

Credits: Columbus map graphic courtesy of TownMapsUSA.com

Beechwood Restaurant and Lounge logo

Beechwood Restaurant and Lounge logoThe 2019 Dingler Family Reunion dinner will be held at the Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge in Vicksburg. We will meet at the restaurant at 5 PM on Saturday, July 20. We will be using our usual playbook where you will order off the menu and be responsible for your own check.

The Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge (4451 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183) has been a Vicksburg favorite since 1956. We’re looking forward to seeing all y’all there for an evening of good food and family.

We have selected the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Vicksburg as our host hotel for the 2019 reunion, July 19-21, 2019. A block of rooms at discounted rates is now available to book. To book your room or rooms, call the hotel directly at 601-634-8777 and let them know you are booking a room for the Dingler Family Reunion. It is very important that you ask for the reunion rate because we need to have at least 20 rooms booked for the meeting room charge to be waived.

Details about the hotel block are listed below.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
4330 South Frontage Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-634-8777

Rates (includes hot deluxe breakfast buffet)

Room TypeNo. in RoomNightly RateTotal Nightly Rate
Single1$106 + 10% tax$116.60
Double2$106 + 10% tax$116.60
Triple3$116 + 10% tax$127.60
Quad4$126 + 10% tax$138.60

Rooms must be booked by June 19, 2019. After that date, any remaining rooms in the block will be released and the discounted rate will no longer be offered. Make sure you book your room before the deadline!