Farming Rural 17

Lester J. Dingbaum

March 27, 1927 ~ April 18, 2020 (age 93)


Lester J. Dingbaum, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, Iowa. He was born March 27, 1927, in Petersburg, son of John Dingbaum and Irene ( Koelker) Dingbaum. Lester was raised in the rural Petersburg area and attended local schools.

On October 22, 1951, Lester was married to the love of his life, Virginette “Virgie” Langel at Luxemburg, Iowa.  They farmed together north of Masonville until retiring in 1980, when they moved to Manchester.  Together they raised six children. Lester was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and was a hail adjuster for 25 years.  He was an Air Force medic from 1946 to 1948

Lester was very handy with woodworking, creating amazing wood projects that are being cherished today by his family.  Lester enjoyed reading magazines, watching baseball games, listening to a variety of music and talking all things farming. He most enjoyed visiting with family and friends, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his six children, Elaine Dingbaum (special friend Judy Phelps) of  Cedar Rapids, Carla (Glen) Bockenstedt of Strawberry Point, Inez Dingbaum of Manchester, Mary (Kenn) Dighton of Manchester, Roger (Sheri) Dingbaum of Eastman, Wisconsin, and Terry(Linda) Dingbaum of Healy, Alaska; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his sister Rita (Jack) Garside of Dubuque;  sister-in-laws, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, Germaine Ungs and Dorothy Langel, both from Luxemberg, Doris Langel of Dyersville and several nieces and nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his wife Virgie in 2016, his parents,  his mother-and father-in-law Clem and Lecodia Langel, one brother Alver Dingbaum, sisters and brother-in laws, Veryl(Tony)Voss, Dorothy (Merlin)Maiers, Theresa (Bill) Gibbs, Julie (Leo)Gerken, and a great-grandson, Parker Donaldson.

A special thank you to the Good Neighbor Home for the love and kindness given to Lester and his family.



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Because of the Corona Virus 19 concerns, there will be a private family service and interment.

St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
North Franklin Street
Manchester, IA 52057