Melvin J. Dinkel

Melvin J. Dinkel, age 84, died August 10, 2020 at his home in Garden City. He was born September 18, 1935 in Morland, KS the son of Henry & Josephine (Gerstner) Dinkel. Melvin grew up in the Morland, KS area. He attended schools in Graham County and graduated from Morland High School in 1953.


Melvin served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1962. After the service he returned to Moreland. On June 3, 1961, he married Eunice A. Martell in St. Peter, KS. They moved to Garden City in 1979 where they have lived since. Melvin managed the Co-op while living in Morland and Laurel. After moving to Garden City, he worked as a sales representative at Farmland Industries. From 1990 to 1997, he worked as the manager of Country Corner in Garden City and retired in 1997.


Melvin was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed going to the casinos, fixing things, gardening, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.


Survivors include his wife Eunice A. Dinkel of the home; five children Daryl and wife Marty Dinkel of Garden City, KS, John and wife Karen Dinkel of Garden City, KS, Brian and wife Shiela Dinkel of Garden City, KS, Tim and wife Latisha Dinkel of Montgomery, Texas, and Ann and husband Luther Britton of Jackson, Mich.; two brothers LeRoy Dinkel of Morland, KS and Dan Dinkel of Bismarck, ND; three sisters Rosie Zerr of Quinter, KS, Joan Miller of Hays, KS, and Arlene Fickel of Gunnison, CO; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mark Dinkel.


A Vigil Service and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on August 13, 2020 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on August 14, 2020 also at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City with military graveside rites conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard and the American Legion District #8 Honor Guards. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family suggests memorials given to Leave A Legacy or to St. Catherine Hospice both in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.