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Raymond Joseph Dingledine Sr., 88, a World War II Marine Corps sergeant and Goodyear engineer, passed away at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Tabitha Health Care Services in Lincoln, Neb., after a several month struggle with cancer.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1923, in St. Marys, to Charles Wesley and Marie (Pohlabel) Dingledine, and they preceded him in death.
Ray is survived by his sister, Rosemary Rye of St. Marys; five sons, Ray Jr. (partner Sherry Edwards) of Atlanta, Ga., Nick (Susie) of St. Marys, Mark (Peggy), Dana (Joyce) and John (Kaye), all of Lincoln, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. All five children were with him during his passing. He will be sorely missed by his sons, grandchildren and daughters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Robert, Tom and Jim. Four other brothers and a sister died in infancy.
He grew up hunting, fishing and helping his father electrify the farms around St. Marys. He was a 1941 graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys. Immediately after high school, he joined Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in St. Marys as an electrical apprentice with a normal 70-hour work week.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1942, did his bootcamp in San Diego and spent a memorable service on Midway Island Atoll as part of the sixth defense battalion.
After the war, he returned to St. Marys, rejoined Goodyear and married Catherine Roettger in September 1947. At Goodyear, he was promoted up through master electrician and then was transferred to Madisonville, Ky., as manager of engineering. He later oversaw engineering operations at the Ann Arbor – Ipsilanti, Mich., plant and finally the Goodyear plant in Lincoln, Neb., where he worked until he retired in 1987.
Ray enjoyed wood-working, watching sports and having weekly luncheons with eight to 12 of his Goodyear colleagues. After his retirement in 1987, he spent many hours planning, designing and completing numerous home improvement projects for his family ranging from decks to chicken coups. He won an award from the National Audubon Society in 2011 for design and execution of one of his birdhouses. He was meticulous and took pride in every perfect cut he made with his creations. Several years ago, he formed the Rays Outdoor Creations logo, which can be seen on bluebird and wren boxes around Lancaster County.
He was a member of St. Johns church in Lincoln, Neb., and Holy Rosary Church in St. Marys.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Apostle Parish, 7601 Vine St., Lincoln, Neb., 68505, with a viewing at 10 a.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call one hour before the funeral mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice at Tabitha, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln Neb., 68510, to St. Johns church or to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys.
Condolences may be left at Bmlfh.com.