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Alvin R. Dinkel

Alvin Robert Dinkel was born September 11, 1943 in Logan, IA to Robert and Gwenive (Stephens) Dinkel. He was raised in Logan and graduated from Logan High School in 1961. Alvin married Judith Ann Strong on March 15, 1963. They were blessed with 3 children, Kevin, Christine and Catherine. Alvin and Judy were lifelong friends starting kindergarten together and classmates through high school. They loved to dance and enjoyed many lifelong friends. Alvin attended Iowa State University and received a Mechanical Technology degree. After graduation he moved his family to Freeport, ILL where he was a Production Engineer for Microswitch. The Dinkel family moved back to Logan in 1972 to join the family business at Strong Insurance and Harrison Mutual Insurance Association. Activities and Boards included: Mutual Insurance Association of Iowa’s Board of Directors, Logan Kiwanis, Logan Public Library Board, Boy Scouts of America, Lo-Ma High School Football Announcer for 30 years, Lo-Ma Booster Club, 4th of July Fireworks and street game coordinator and Harrison County Development Corporation. Because of his active community involvement he received recognition and awards from the following: Governor of Iowa Volunteerism Award, Friend of the School from Iowa High School Athletic Association, Volunteer of the Year from the City of Logan and Byways of Excellence Business Award. Alvin was an avid woodworker and was never without a project. He delighted in designing and building projects for his family, especially his grandkids. His love of building started before he was in high school. He was a great volunteer for Logan spending many hours at the athletic field and working on Kiwanis and Library projects. He was an Eagle Scout and lived his life always following the Eagle Scout Charge of Duty to God, to Country, to fellow Scouts and Family and mankind in general. He had a passion for camping whether it be at the Boundary Waters or a friendly farmer’s field. Alvin loved watching his grandkids participate in all activities and loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the United Methodist Church during his growing up years and joined St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Logan in 2003 and embraced it with the same passion he had for life. Alvin had a great love for his family, friends and his community. Alvin, 70, passed away Monday, December 9, 2013 at Westmont Care Center. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Dennis Craig Strong. Survivors include his wife, Judith, children: Kevin (Kathy) of Omaha, NE, Chris (Bill) De Witt of Logan, Cathy (Mike) Powell of Waukee, IA, grandchildren: Brian, Lauren, Morgan, Jillian, Destiny and Erik Dinkel, Jacquelyn and Bruce De Witt, Erica and Sam Powell, Ashley Miller and Billy De Witt and 4 great grandchildren, sisters: Muriel (Bill) Lemons, Harlan, Barbara (Jerry) Schmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, Linda (Larry) Mindrup, Clive, IA, Diana (Larry) Buter, Grinnell, IA, sister-in-law, Mary Lynn (John) Espenmiller, Logan, brothers-in-law, Kelly (Joni) Strong, Fort Collins, CO, Larry (Janis) Strong, Indianola, IA, loving nieces and nephews and many great friends. A Wake Service will be held at 6 PM Thursday with visitation to follow until 8 PM at the Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan. The funeral will be at 11:30 Friday, December 13th at St. Patrick’s Missouri Valley. The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Community Center in Logan following the committal service at the Logan Cemetery. In Loving Memory Of Alvin Dinkel Born September 11, 1943 Logan, Iowa Entered into Rest December 9, 2013 Logan, Iowa Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 St. Patrick’s Catholic Church ~ Missouri Valley, Iowa Celebrant Father Mike Berner Organist Vicki Koenig Vocalists Brian Dinkel and friends Music Selections “Amazing Grace” “You Are Mine” “Lead Me Lord” Honorary Bearers Eric Dinkel Sam Powell Court Oviatt Brian Dinkel Bruce De Witt Paul Wilderdyke Casket Bearers Gary Guge Larry Gash Mike Johnson Gordon Fliehe Clarence “Skip” Leonard Mike Grundman Final Resting Place Logan Cemetery – Logan, Iowa In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Logan Library, the Boy Scouts or to the family for a scholarship.

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