Kenneth A. Dingman, Sr. 76, of Midland, a kind hearted gentleman, passed into God’s arms, Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the MidMichigan Medical Center. Ken was a very loving, helpful and hardworking husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather that will be missed dearly by everyone he met and knew. He was born January 31, 1937 in Hemlock, son of the late Milfred and Minnie (Chambers) Dingman. He served his country with both the U.S. Army and the National Guard. On December 2, 1961 he married the former Betty Corbat in Midland. She survives him. Ken always strived to be the best he could, whether it be his profession as a welder and pipe-fitter at the Dow Chemical Co., playing a game, or an overwhelming concern for his family. His love of playing and watching sports was only superseded by his affection for his family.
Surviving besides his wife Betty are his children, Ken Dingman Jr., Cheryl Gaudard and her husband Patrick, all of Midland and Dawn Dingman of Saginaw; seven grandchildren, Kenny Dingman III, Ryan Dingman and his fiancée Carrie McIntosh, William Gaudard and his fiancée, Barbie Berg, Sarah Gaudard, Amanda Denton and her husband Billy, Chelsea Shook and Brady Shook and his great-granddaughter, Aryanna Landerway. Also surviving is sister, Helen Wilsey and her husband Ken of Hemlock; and his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Emerson and Rebecca Corbat of Midland and Nancy Carvey of Florida. In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by two brothers, Milfred and Milbourne Dingman and two sisters, Mary Clark and Marge Braley.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler St. Midland. Father Kevin Maksym will officiate with committal services to follow in the St. Patrick’s Ryan Cemetery in Midland County.
Ken’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until services.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Dingman family.