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Robert Wayne Dinger, 68

September 3, 2013

Robert Wayne Dinger, 68, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 31, 2013, in Sarasota, following a lengthy illness.

Wayne, as he was known to all, was born in Punxsutawney on March 28, 1945, the son of Ervin and Mary Dinger.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Toale Brothers Funeral Home of Sarasota.

A full military burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Sarasota National Cemetery, located at 9810 State Highway 72, Sarasota, Fla.

Wayne worked at the Comet Market in Punxsutawney as a meat cutter for 33 years and was well known by the community.

He served in the Army National Guard for 22 years.

He retired to Florida in 1999, where he greatly enjoyed working at Plymouth Harbor, a retirement community, until 2007.

Wayne was the loving husband to Sandy, loving father to his two sons, and a friend to many and will be greatly missed.

He lived by his incredible faith, and his never-ending smiles now light up heaven.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Sandy, of more than 48 years; two sons, Michael W. Dinger of Joliet, Ill., and Dale C. Dinger of Bradenton, Fla.; three sisters, Claire Walker of Henderson, Nev., Violet Morse and Marybell Dunn of New Jersey and Lois Mennetti of Punxsutawney; and three brothers, Richard Dinger of New Jersey, Byron Dinger of Brookville and John Dinger of Punxsutawney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin E. and Mary L. Dinger; a sister, Verna Bish; and three brothers Carl, Sam, and Bud Dinger.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Jefferson County, PA, or Colonial Oak Baptist Church of Sarasota, Fla.

A memorial will be held in Punxsutawney, at the First Assembly of God Church, on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

The time and details will be published on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

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