PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Howard J. Dinstel Sr., of Palm Harbor, died May 20, 2014, at the age of 86.
Howard was born on Jan. 2, 1928, a son of Howard A. Dinstel and Elizabeth Harris Dinstel, in Kingston, where he resided until 2012 when he moved to Palm Harbor.
Howard graduated from Kingston High School in 1945 and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1951. He operated Greenstein's Pharmacy – Dinstel's Pharmacy until the mid 1970s. Later he worked at Cook's Pharmacy, Shavertown, and Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, Kingston.
Howie's favorite pastime was music. He had his own big band in his high school years and continued playing clarinet and saxophone in small jazz bands and the Irem Temple Brass Band. All his children play instruments because of his love for music. He also loved his Kingston Class of 1945 reunions and luncheons with former classmates.
Howard served in the U.S. Navy as pharmacist's mate third class, stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Quantico, Virginia, from February 1946 until he was honorably discharged in December 1947.
Howard was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 395 F & AM, Kingston. He was also a member of the Luzerne County Pharmaceutical Association for 50 years.
Howard is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn Jones Dinstel; and their children, Deborah J. Dinstel, Columbia, South Carolina; Howard J. (Cindy) Dinstel Jr., Kingston; Catherine Dinstel Klem (Jack), Palm Harbor; Carol Dinstel Campbell (Mark), Normal, Illinois, and Jennifer Dinstel Norman (John), Lansdale. Howard had 12 grandchildren, Lillian McNair, Freddie Pinheiro, Dyan Dinstel, Jonathan Dinstel, Jason Klem, Alison Thompson, James Campbell, Paul Campbell, Jack Campbell, John Norman, Julia Norman and Alexa Norman; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. The service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Butler St., Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the memorial fund of Grace Episcopal Church or to a
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