GOLD CANYON — The Rev. James E. Dinkel, 95, died peacefully at home on Oct. 19, 2016, surrounded by several of his children.
The Rev. Dinkel was an active minister for more than 40 years at many churches in southern California and southern Arizona, including the United Methodist Church in both Casa Grande and Barstow, California. After his retirement to Gold Canyon, he and his wife, Eve, continued to serve at both Living Water Fellowship in Gilbert and Gold Canyon United Methodist Church.
He is survived by five adult children, Steve Dinkel, Paul Dinkel, Marla Wootan, Ruth Kanarian and Janna Vanderpool; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road, with a reception to follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mulunguishi Scholarship Fund through the United Methodist Church at www.fumcsp.com/members/scholarship-fund or 727-894-4661.