Wayne Martin Dimmel, 81, of Bellville, Texas and formerly of Cambridge, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully after a two-year battle with cancer, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellville, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Wayne was born on Dec. 2, 1931, to Martin O. Dimmel and Mabel Buchholtz Dimmel in Burlington, Wisconsin. He attended elementary school in London, Wisconsin, and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1950. He graduated from electronic school, after serving in the Army from 1951 to 1953. He worked for Chicago & North Western Railroad, and The Bank of Cambridge, for 20 years, as a cashier and loan officer. He owned The Arber Dell Inn for 6 years, before moving to Texas where he worked at The Wayne Hotel in Bellville.
He was a Past Master of the Mason’s Social Lodge 245 in Cambridge, Wisconsin, and in Bellville, Texas, as well as a member of the American Legion in Bellville; and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville, Texas for 32 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janet Cunningham; brothers-in-law, Robert Cunningham, Roger McClary, and Gary Millard; in-laws, Eldeen and Glenn Millard; nieces, Danielle Novak and Crystalynn Meyer; and step-grandson, Christopher Dimmel.
He is survived his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Dimmel; his son, Kevin (Linda) Dimmel of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; daughter, Robin (Rick) Storlie of Deerfield, Wisconsin; sons, Mark (Kathleen Abshier) Dimmel of Navasota, Texas, and Giandomenico (Elisabetta Pambieri) Malatesta of Fano, Italy; grandchildren, Brandon Storlie of Madison, Wisconsin, Elizabeth (Richard) Dimmel of Texas City, Texas, Hannah Dimmel of Navasota, Texas, Emanuele Malatesta, Giulia Malatesta and Alessandra Malatesta, all of Fano, Italy; step-grandchildren, Heidi Hart of Denver, Colorado and Brandi (Joey) Cain of Oklahoma; step-great-grandchildren, Kate and Clay Cain of Oklahoma; in-laws, Barbara (Dan) Novak of Cobb, Wisconsin, Greg (Sherry) Millard of Rochester, Minnesota, and Sheri (Jeff) Prellwitz of Ripon, Wisconsin; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He loved his family and friends, and never met a stranger. He loved bowling, water skiing and snowmobiling.
A memorial service was held at St. John Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wayne’s memory to The American Cancer Society, Brazos Valley Hospice, St. Joseph Hospital in Bellville or to St. John Lutheran Church.
Honorary pallbearers include Dan Leedy, John Allee, Dan Anderson, Martin Biehle, Stan Coker, Carl Feldt, Tody Goodwin, Whit Jones, Gary Kaufman, Walter Karnes, Clyde Little, Don Lawrence, Ed Randolph, C.L. Roy, Barney Shows, and Jerry McGee.
Thank you to the Bellville Hospital staff, Dr. Hill, AMA Home Health and Brazos Valley Hospice. A special thank you to the doctors at Methodist Hospital; his oncologist, Dr. Garth A. Beinart and his staff; his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Dimmel; and to all his family and friends who gave Wayne and his family love and support during his illness.