Donald Dinkela

Donald Charles Dinkela, 91, Owensville, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018, on his mother’s birthday, at Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City.

He was born Feb. 25, 1927, to Frank and Margaret (Homfeldt) Dinkela, at their farm in Bland.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Wilma June Terrill, Dec. 20, 1947. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Linda, Beth, and Mary. They spent their married life in Owensville living in the house Donald built for them.

Right after graduating from Bland High School, Don enlisted in the Army and was a battery clerk in the Field Artillery Battalion in Italy. As WWII ended he said their real job was to keep the Italians happy.

Don was a lifelong member of the Bland Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and music director. In the early years he sang with the Melody Boys, a southern gospel quartet. He worked as a carpenter in the St. Louis area and raised concord grapes for the Welch’s Company. In the early years, he owned Midway Grocery on Peters St. in Owensville.

He served as a volunteer for Missions On Wheels and received the Baptist Association Volunteer of the Year Award. He went on a mission trip to Haiti and was always ready to help others.

Don loved RV traveling and tinkering with anything to get it working again. He loved music, hunting in Missouri, Colorado and Canada. He enjoyed reading on his Kindle and watching his favorite teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Mizzou Tigers. He also liked watching his great grandson’s baseball games.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Dinkela; wife, June Dinkela; and sister, Velda Zulauf.

He is survived by his three daughters, Linda Vernon and husband Randy of Monument, Colo., Beth White of Westphalia, and Mary Johnson of Holts Summit; grandchildren, Laura Vernon Hale of Colorado Springs, Colo., Amy Vernon Knifong of Windsor, Col., Christy Johnson Fera of Camdenton, Marcy Johnson of Jefferson City, Josh White of Tulsa, Okla., and Rachel White of Westphalia; great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Jacob, Jordan, Dylan, Kayla, Blake and Turner.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He would want to remind us that anything worth doing is worth doing well and to make sure we have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 30 from 9-11 a.m. at Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the Chapel with Rev. Donald Kelley and Rev. Bob Dodson as the officiants. Burial will be in Bland Union Cemetery at Bland with full military honors.

Memorials are requested to Bland Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Owensville.

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