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Chris Dinkel Obituary-Death News; Owner Of Dinkel Design And Building, Chris Dinkel Passes Away

Chris Dinkel Obituary-Death News; Owner Of Dinkel Design And Building, Chris Dinkel Passes Away

Hays residents are mourning the passing of Chris Dinkel, a well-known figure in the area’s business and educational communities. Wednesday, January 10, 2024, saw the passing of Chris Dinkel, 57, in the company of his cherished family.

A poignant Facebook post reflecting the influence Chris had on people who knew him was used to confirm the news of his passing.

Chris Dinkel was the son of Melvin J. and Clarita (Pelzel) Dinkel, born on April 8, 1966. His early years were spent working at LK Dairy with his father, where he honed an interest in athletics that would later influence his adult life.

Chris attended Thomas More Prep Marian High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Hays State University.

He started his teaching career at LaCrosse High School, where he was also the sports coach and football coach. Chris had a lasting impression on his students’ lives by spending the following 25 years as a teacher at Hays High School.

Chris assumed a new position at Otis-Bison High School after retiring, overseeing the creation of the institution’s industrial technology program.

In his capacity as an educator, he was instrumental in assisting pupils in realizing their greatest potential and offered resolute encouragement for their pursuits both within and beyond the classroom.

Chris Dinkel is survived by his two daughters, Joslyn Dinkel of Salina and Katie Clay of Topeka, as well as his wife Kim.

Elliott Clay, his granddaughter, and William “Bill” Dinkel of Hays are also living relatives of his. His parents, grandparents, and several other extended family members preceded him in death.