|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1904|
|Death: ||Sep. 9, 2004|
Orville was the son of Frederick J. Dingler and Maud B. Abnernathy.
He appears in the 1930 census of Klamath County, Oregon, as a widowed lumber mill laborer.
His last known address was Grants Pass, Oregon.
Taken from a July 1979 Newspaper:
BRIDE, GROOM 75 YEARS YOUNG
By Mary Korbulic
"People might look at us and think we're a couple of darned old fools, but I don't care," said newlywed Orville Dingler. "I've never been happier in my life." His 75-year-old wife Jennie nodded her agreement, and the two of them exchanged a look recognizable to anyone who has ever been in love.
The Dinglers, married just eight months, are proving to themselves and those around them that life can begin at 75.
The two met in the Cedar Rogue apartments in Rogue River three years ago. Orville, who had been alone 20 years, lived in the unit above Jennie, a widow 18 years. They met at organized social events. Then they planned outings for the two of them, and one thing led to another. One day after a fishing trip Jennie called Orville and asked him to come down and look at an unusual fish she was preparing.
"I went down there and we both looked at the fish, but we weren't really looking at the fish. And I said, "Jennie, there's a question I've been meaning to ask you, and before I could ask, she said Yes, and that was that," Orville beamed.
They had to postpone their original wedding date so that all four of their children from previous marriages could attend. Their families are "tickled to death" over the union, but no one is happier than the newlyweds themselves. "It is unbelievable even to me that I feel this way," Orville marveled. "I had to live 75 years to be this happy. My wife is just a little bit wonderful." Jennie giggled like a schoolgirl and said, "He exaggerates."
Both stressed that their marriage is not one of convenience or "just companionship."
"This is a real marriage in all ways," Orville said. "We do everything together. We go fishing, visit with friends, and share all the housework."
Orville said a friend jokingly called him a menace to youth. "He said I was a menace because I made the young folks think that marriage was great, and that by doing half of all the housework I was ruining it for other men," he laughed.
The Dinglers said they seldom sit before the "idiot box," but try and stay as active as possible.
"People often ask, 'What do you do with all that time?' Well, there doesn't seem to be enough of it to do all there is to do," Jennie noted.
Both of them fish, bowl, go for daily walks and engage in daily Bible study.
"I think we've proved that it is possible for elderly people to be very happy and to fall in love. I'm much more at peace with the world and with the Lord than I ever have been before," Orville mused.
The Dinglers were married in the Foots Creek Chapel October 7, 1978.
They're still on their honeymoon.
Frederick J. Dingler (1881 - 1968)
Maud B. Abernathy Dingler (1881 - 1966)
Jennie Eda Towne Dingler (1904 - 1995)
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Originally Created by: Helen Ann Chandler
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