Born: Thu., Jan. 27, 1927
Died: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 05, 2018
Location: Gorman Funeral Home - Platte Chapel

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Feb. 06, 2018
Location: Wheatland Bible Church

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”       2 Timothy 4:7-8
Jack Dinnel finished his race on Saturday, February 3, 2018 surrounded by family members at Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming.  
Jack was born in Superior, Nebraska, on Thursday, January 27, 1927, the second son of Harry and Hilma (Holtz) Dinnel.  He spent his early years in Hastings, before moving to Marysville, Kansas, where he graduated from high school in 1945.  He joined the United States Army and was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, for basic training and then on to Germany with the Army of Occupation, where he served as a medic. While in Germany, he was selected to compete as part of a 40-man team in the GI Olympics where he placed 4th in the javelin at the Berlin Track Meet in the same stadium where Jesse Owens had been spurned by Hitler ten years earlier.  
Upon returning to the USA after being discharged, Jack attended Chadron State College where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts.  Jack and Lorna met during this time, became engaged, and were married prior to him finishing his Master’s Degree at the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, Colorado.  He then began his thirty-five year teaching career at Wheatland High School in December, 1952.  During his time at WHS, he enjoyed coaching athletes in football, basketball, and track.
Jack and Lorna have actively served in The Gideon’s International since 1972.
After his retirement, Jack and Lorna participated for several years with an organization called SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) volunteering their labors of love serving Christian organizations around the United States.
Jack’s lifelong passion for competing in track and field events found an outlet as he began participating in the Senior Olympics.  He consistently brought home the GOLD in Colorado and Wyoming, and even twice qualified and participated in the National Senior Olympics, once in Palo Alto at Stanford University, and again in Cincinnati.  
Jack is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Lorna; three daughters, Jana Martin (Jim, and their children Joshua, Hannah, Amity and LeaAnn), Diane Bell (Randy, and their children Brad and Lyndsi), and Jacki Mattingly (John, and their children Beatriz, Jesse and Alicia); also the great-grandfather of nine children.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Dinnel; mother, Hilma; and brother, Harry.  
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, February 5, 2018.
A celebration of life services will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Wheatland Bible Church where Jack and Lorna were founding members with Pastor John Mattingly and Pastor Jason Iacovetto officiating with military honors accorded by Laramie Peak VFW Post 3558 and Ora Call American Legion Post #10.  
Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Ashenhurst, Jim Boyles, Ken Bailey, Chuck Brown, Alan Weber, and Darvin Smith.
Memorial contributions may be given to The Gideon’s International, at www.gideons.org or PO Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800.  Free Gideon memorial cards are also available at Wheatland Bible Church.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Bill Gorman
   Posted Sat February 03, 2018
Jack was my mentor when I came to Wheatland in 1976. A man who led by example. His legacy will be his great family and many friends that benefited from his knowledge and kindness.
Bill Gorman

Ken and Chris Pasley
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
Such a special man! The world is a better place because of Jack. So sorry for your loss.

Marilyn Livers
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
To Lorna and Jack's family: My late husband, Jim, and I just came on the Wheatland scene in 1972, but I want to express my appreciation for the BIG light that shone from Jack's life. I'm in awe of all the ways Jack allowed His Savior to use him. I know the Gideon organization will surely miss him. I'm sure that many young people in the community were impacted by his teaching in the school. God comfort you all. Marilyn

Owen L Toth
   Posted Mon February 05, 2018
Jack was my woodworking instructor in high school + other matters. He was a good coach, good educator. His accomplishments in the military and WWII are respected, admired and appreciated! His javelin awards among many other awards are a testament to his standards of integrity, hard work, and always applying himself then he helped me apply myself - just the other day I was looking through my storage and found my old wood working lamp I made in shop class. Time to put it back in the study & use it in memory of Jack Dinnel, his wonderful wife and family. Thanks Jack for the inspirations you have given to many both young and elderly, Respectfully, Owen.

Lisa (Parker) Bye
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
I have very fond memories of Mr. Dinnel as our class sponsor in high school. I remember him helping us decorate our floats with chicken wire. I took guitar lessons from Jackie and spent many afternoons in their home. What a wonderful man. I offer my thoughts and prayers to the family at this difficult time. May God give you the peace that you seek.

Russ Harris
   Posted Fri February 09, 2018
Lorna, Jana, and rest of family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Jack. He did finish strong and a great example of a Christian man. He will be missed by all. God bless you and I pray that God brings comfort to you and your family.

Russ Harris

Mike Short
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
So many good thoughts of Jack and you as well Lorna. Thanks for all you have done over the years to help me in my walk with Christ, whether by a book, comment or example. Jack was someone that I always respected greatly, I will miss him.

Steve Burzlaff
   Posted Thu February 15, 2018
Mr Dinnel was an inspiration to me from the time I first walked into his Junior High Shop Class in 1963 until I graduated Wheatland High in 1968. I took every class that he taught and although drafting almost got the best of me, he persevered, wouldn't let me quit and I made it through. I have had a military career either wearing the uniform or as a civilian for 48 years and all through that time, the good and the bad, I used what I considered his standard as my standard. The world has lost a great man but Heaven is richer. I have made a donation to the Gideon's in his memory.

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