Reverend Tedrow William Dingler

October 21, 1938 ‒ February 01, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

The Reverend Tedrow William Dingler, age 80, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Knox Community Hospital.  He was born on October 21, 1938 in Miami, Florida, the son of Iradell and Gertrude (Tedrow) Dingler.  Ted earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Davidson College in 1959.  He later graduated from Union Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies in 1962. He pursued doctoral studies at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Ted was a devoted pastor to churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin before retiring in 1994 while serving a church in Edina, Minnesota.  Ted was active in the Democratic Party and MTV Arts in Knox County.  He enjoyed reading, theater, classical music and was an avid musician.  Ted was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon where he sang in the choir.   He was a gifted preacher who supplied pulpits at St. Paul’s and Fredericktown Presbyterian Church.

Ted was a gentle man with a kind heart who always found the best in everyone.  He adored his family and was the type of man who never met a stranger.  He will be dearly missed by his family and numerous friends.

He is survived by his wife Diane (Mishey) Dingler; his children, Laura (Dick) Jensen of West Chester, Ohio, Tim Dingler of Hebron, Kentucky; step daughters, Lauren (Jeff) Heffelfinger of Mount Vernon and Elena Reiss of Seattle, Washington; three grandchildren, Jacob (Emily) Jensen, Justin Jensen and Maggie Dingler; a step granddaughter, Olivia Jane Heffelfinger and a brother, Peter (Elizabeth) Dingler of Miami, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish house.  A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or MTV Arts.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of The Reverend Ted Dingler.

  • Diane and Family
    May the Lord wrap you in his arms during this difficult time. Ted was such sweet person always treated me (Sara) with a smile whenever I saw him. He will be missed.

    The Carnes Family.

  • It feels like I always look for Ted when I walk into the public library or go to a MTVArts show. He was such a kind person, and it seemed like he was game for trying almost anything. So many people besides me and my family will miss him, and for a long, long time.

  • May he be remembered forever for the life of service he gave and the love he showed to all.

    With greatest condolences,
    Fred Mayville

  • Dear Diane and Family,
    Ted was a dear friend of my late grandfather’s, and I always enjoyed hanging out around the reference desk listening to the two of them recount their memories of the past and talk politics. Ted was a gentleman, a scholar, and a fine man- I am glad to have known him, and called him friend. May happy memories comfort you in this time, and the promise of faith.

  • Diane and family

    We are saddened to hear of Teds passing. He was always so kind , and had such a warm welcoming smile. I know he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

    Prayerfully ,
    Scott , Laura and Emily Waters

  • Dear Diane and family,

    May the white light of the Holy Spirit surround you and comfort you at this difficult time. Ted will always be remembered for his warmth, his kindness and his wonderful sense of humor. He was a loving friend to our whole family and we will sadly miss him.
    Terry, Chris, Tyler and Rachael Aust

  • Dear Diane,

    I was so sorry to hear to Ted’s passing. I had only met him a few times but he seemed to be a very kind person. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.


  • We are so sorry for your loss, Diane. Mr. Dingler was a very kind man. I hope his gentle spirit carries you when you remember him.

  • Thinking of you during this difficult time. Ted was such a kind, special person, and he will be dearly missed. We are all blessed to have been able to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With love from Dean & Jennifer Marcellana

  • Diane,

    We were saddened today, to hear of your husband’s passing. Although we never met Ted, your stories of him shed light on what an awesome person he was.

    You’re in our prayers..

    Dee & Bryan Watson
    Kira Bielecki

  • Diane,
    So sorry to read of Ted’s passing. In fact I was shocked when Dad told me. I will miss pushing him to the dining room or back to his room. He always appreciated the push. It was great getting to know you and will miss seeing you at Brookdale. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the Dingler family.
    Becky Brownfield
    Joe Miller

  • Diane ,

    So sorry for your loss , he was a great man and will miss seeing u and TEd,my condolences

    Lisa , PTA

  • Dear Diane and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with you.

    Love you.

    Linda and Dick Van Meter

  • Diane,

    Our deepest sympathy for you and the family. Ted was a wonderfully kind and funny man and he will be sorely missed.

    Leah, Chris & Lanah

  • Our deepest condolences to Ted’s family. I worked with Ted at the Public Library of Mt. Vernon. Ted was a real character and will be truly missed by all.

    Teresa Goeppinger and the Circulation Staff at the Public Library of Mt Vernon

  • Diane and Family,

    May God bless you and grant you love, comfort, and peace in this difficult time. Ted will be greatly missed by all fortunate enough to have been acquainted with his kind soul


  • Ted and I were just getting acquainted at Brookdale, had spent a few moments at “ happy hour” the previous week to discover he and my husband shared similar journeys in ministry. Diane made sure he and his table mates had snacks to enjoy from home. My condolences to his family.

    Elinor Dunnewold