Paul K. Dinger, 91, WWII vet, mason, helped build brick murals, enjoyed gardening

By on January 18, 2017

Paul K. Dinger, 91, of Denver, passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Gardens at Stevens Nursing Home.

He was born in Cocalico to the late William and Amy (Kline) Dinger, and was the husband of Erla W. (Gerhart) Dinger, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

Paul was a 60-plus year member of the Wiest Memorial Church, Schoeneck. During his working years, he was a mason, first for M. E. Gerhart; and later for Eshbach Brothers, during which he completed a highlight of his career by working for two years to construct a large three-dimensional brick mural on the North Fifth Street side of the Callowhill Building at Penn Square in Reading, showcasing scenes of yesteryear in agriculture and industry in Pennsylvania. The mural still stands today as a testimony of his skill and passion for bricklaying as a creative, as well as construction, trade. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the men with whom he worked side-by-side.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Seaman, signalman. Paul was a great handyman and enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, especially raising roses and sharing that passion with others. He was a past member of the Schoeneck Fire Company and Mellingers Union Cemetery Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son: David, husband of Cindi Dinger, of Manheim; two grandchildren: Ryan and Charis Dinger; a brother: Roy, husband of Helen Dinger; two sisters: Beatrice Mull and Mildred Metzler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Marisa; and a sister, Elizabeth Haldeman.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver. An additional viewing will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the funeral home, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by his funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Timothy Craven officiating. Interment will take place in Mellingers Union Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to Wiest Memorial Church, 48 S. King St., Stevens, PA 17578.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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