Joseph E. Dingess

July 18, 1944 ‒ February 17, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Joseph E. Dingess went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, February 17, 2019, in Winchester Terrace surrounded by his family. He was 74.

He was born July 18, 1944, in Shively, West Virginia to parents Clyde & Polly (Conley) Dingess. After he graduated from Chapmanville High School with the class of 1962, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army. Joseph served during the Vietnam War, which he was awarded the Purple Heart.  He also married the love of his life Nancy Sellers on June 5, 1965, and the pair raised two children together.

Joseph worked for the US Postal Service for 28 years and retired as the Shelby Postmaster in 2000. He was also a former member of the Lexington Church of Christ.

An avid outdoorsman, Joseph enjoyed fishing, hunting, and cutting wood. He particularly enjoyed Walleye fishing on Lake Erie. He was also a sports enthusiast and loved to cook, especially the Sunday family dinners. But above all, Joseph cherished spending time with his grandchildren and family and will be missed by those who love him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Nancy Dingess; his children Shawn Dwyer and Joe T. (Christen) Dingess; four grandchildren Lauren Dwyer, Kara Dingess, Brooke (Kyle) Matern, and Brad Dingess; great-grandchild Carson Cosentino; siblings Roger (Sheila) Dingess, Greg (Charlene) Dingess, Donna (George) Ferrell, Sandy (Steve) Godby, and Dian Snyder; sister-in-law Libby Dingess; and numerous nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his brother Sam Dingess.

A memorial service honoring Joseph’s life will be held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak.

Contributions in Joseph’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Joseph’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • My Condolences to the family. The world just lost a beautiful person. I met Joe in 1998 , at the Mansfield Post Office. We’ve been friends every since. I thought I knew how to fish, until I met Joe. God Bless His Soul, and God Bless the Family.

    Veronica Rice
    Cleveland Ohio

  • Thoughts & Prayers to the whole family. Joe was a good person – had fun playing
    poker with him…….

  • My condolences to Nancy and family. Many fond memories with Joe fishing in Canada, Niagara River and Lake Erie. Great neighbor and friend.

  • Joe was a special person and brother. I’m going to miss him, I know Joe is with mom, dad, grandma, Tracy and brother Sam. God bless him. My memories will always be there. Love you Bro

  • Sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I had the good fortune of working with Joe at the Mansfield Post Office until he accepted the position of Postmaster, Shelby Ohio. I will miss his raw honesty, his work ethic, his great sense of humor and his fish fries. RIP Joe, may God bless you and your family.

  • My heartfelt condolences to Nancy, Joe, Shawn and the rest of Joe’s family and friends. I first met Joe when I started working at the Mansfield Post office and had known him for almost 40 years. He was a dear friend and I will miss him. RIP, Joe.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. It can never be easy to lose someone you love. We wish we could have known him better. We are visiting my son in Charlotte. Your faith in the Lord will carry you through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

  • So sorry for your loss. So many memories. Big Joe and the Dingess family meant so much to me as a kid. I spent more time on a boat fishing with Big Joe and Joe than I did with my own dad. Two on one basketball in the driveway, cutting wood, the trip to Canada to go fishing… lots of memories. Tears tonight for a man who was an important figure in my teens, but smiles looking at old pictures and remembering goods times with your family.

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Did not know Joe . Had great memories of working at Lazarus with Shawn and Nancy .God bless!