Harry-Dinnel-Obituary

Harry R. Dinnel Jr.

Torrance, California

Obituary

Harry R. Dinnel, Jr. 10/9/40 – 8/26/17 Retired Redondo Union High School coach and educator Harry R. Dinnel, Jr. passed away peacefully on 8/26/17 with his family by his side. Harry was born at home in Venice, CA and lived in the South Bay for 61 years until he retired and moved to...

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Coach Dinnel was definitely the best part of my senior year at RUHS. He always provided comic relief to any challenge myself or classmates were facing. He will be dearly missed. "It's Miller time" as he would famously say. Enjoy paradise.

David Miller
RUHS 2001

It is with great sadness that I came upon Harry's obituary. Like Coach Nielsen, I was honored with many 1 on 1 basketball games with Harry. I also was one of Dave's teachers at RUHS. Harry and I would have some intense but fun games. We made each other laugh, but often it was he laughing at my inability to stop him. I was also honored with many talk sessions after our games where we would just randomly discuss a variety of topics. Harry was genuine to the bone. God bless my friend.
Steve...

He definitely was the best part of RUHS . He and his wife would come to eat at joes and always sat in my section my heart hurts he was a big part of my life he will definately be missed

Harry was my basket ball coach. He let me play 10 min. one season LOL. He was also my driver's ed. teacher. It was fun, driving around to check on his rentals. He was SO FUNNY when he said "MMMMMMMMorris, back of the line". Miss you coach, you where the only thing I liked about high school. Love ya, God Bless. Jeff Morris class of 76

"Horse" was a very good man , who was an excellent coach and one of the best examples of a Father's I have known. The countless 2-2 and 1-1 games were among the best memories of being at Redondo. His singular game of shooting from distance and not letting the ball hit the ground is one of the best basketball conditioning drills I have ever seen.

I passed it on many times and called it the "Dinnel Drill"

Thank you for our time together...

Dear Dinnel Family, My wife and I are so sadden by the passing of Harry. I had the blessing of teaching and coaching with Harry for 7 years at Redondo. He was an educator and coach that I greatly admired and respected. He was a man of integrity and humility, who always put others first. He had the utmost influence in my remaining years as a teacher and coach. Harry "the Horse" was a faithful and loyal friend that I will always remember. God Bless, Jon & Chris Fowler

harry was one of the finest people i have ever known. as a teacher and coach he was well liked and respected by students, and held in high regard by his colleagues.
as a basketball player he was a star at every level he played, yet he never acted like a star. he was totally unassuming and down to earth.
those who knew him have great affection for him and many fond memories. he will be greatly missed.

Whitey Campbell said it well. Harry and his brothers, along with all those other South Bay guys, including my roomie Dwight Jones, helped make our college days at Pepperdine fun and always interesting. "Pie" (Ted Bridges) and I hope to be able to attend the celebration of life on Saturday to remember our old friend and teammate. Even though it has been 50+ years, that loping walk and run of Harry's is buried deeply in my memories!
Hop