Neil Dininger

Neil B. Dininger

MANSFIELD: "Fishing is Life" read one of Neil Dininger's favorite T-shirts. Neil looked forward to every minute he could spend on his pontoon boat on the Clear Fork. Much more than just loafing, for Neil, fishing was a long relaxing period peppered with spurts of anticipation and hope. For Neil Dininger, fishing was life.

Neil is now fishing on a celestial lake as he passed away Saturday morning March 2, 2013 in the emergency department of MedCentral Hospital. He was 65.

Born Neil Bruce Dininger February 2, 1948 in Shelby, he was the oldest child of Elden "Brick" and Grace E. (Crunkilton) Dininger, and was graduated from Northmor High School in 1966. He attended the ITT North Electric telephony trade school, and made a career out of telecommunications work.

An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was honorably discharged as Specialist Fifth-Class, decorated with the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with one Overseas Bar.

Neil worked 17 years with ITT North Electric and 13 years with Nortel before accepting a position as a job auditor with Quest.

Tough as nails on the outside, Neil had a soft spot down deep, and genuinely cared for and loved his family. He was a bit of an ornery cuss who had a big booming and contagious laugh. In addition to fishing, Neil excelled at grilling. He only used charcoal and could grill anything to perfection.

He is survived by his wife Cindy (McKinney) Dininger, whom he married December 31, 1986; his children Tammy (Andy) Smallstey of Mansfield, Shane (Marla) Dininger of Lexington, Cody Dininger of Warsaw, IN, Shelby Dininger of Mansfield and Gavin (Brianna) Dininger of Lexington; granddaughters Sophie, Morgan, Natalie, Breanne and Divinity, a grandson on the way; brother Randy (Kathy) Dininger of Claremore, OK, sisters Holly Moore of Brookville and Linda (Fred) Nuse of Eaton; sister-in-law Vicki Dininger of Mansfield; his mother-in-law Carolyn McKinney of Olathe, KS; brother-in-law Richard (Rennie) McKinney of Olathe, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kelsey Smallstey; brother-in-law David Moore; and father-in-law Robert McKinney.

The Dininger family will receive friends Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. His nephew Pastor Sterling "Andy" Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Washington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dininger family, and private condolences to them may be made online at:


Published in the News Journal from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2013