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Donald W. Dissinger

Donald W. Dissinger, Ponca City resident, died Tuesday evening, April 8, 1997, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 85.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan, and no visitation will be held here. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
Donald W. Dissinger was born Feb. 16, 1912, in South Elkhorn, Ill., the son of Harry Wilmer and Elsie Ellen (Winebrenner) Dissinger. He worked his way through college as a brick mason tender and graduated from Nothern Illinois State Teachers College in 1934. Dissinger began a 40 year teaching career in Chicago and Kansas City, Kan.
He was married to Nedra Akin on May 25, 1940 in Kansas City. Dissinger was employed with the Manistique, Mich., Schools as an industrial arts teacher. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant and returned to Manistique, where he continued his teaching careers as a junior high math and shop teacher. He spent 20 years of his career as the junior high principal, retiring in 1974. In addition to his teaching career, he served 17 summers as a Michigan State park ranger.
Mr. Dissinger and his wife began spending winters in Ponca City in 1990 and returned to their home in Manistique each summer, until his health began to fail in 1995. He attended the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ in Ponca City. Dissinger was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Order of Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge in Manastique. He was also a member of the Manistique Retired Teacher's Association. Dissinger had traveled abroad several times and was an avid bird watcher.
Survivors include his wife, Nedra Dissinger, of the home; one daughter, Linda Jones of Edina, Minn.; one son, Michael Akin Dissinger of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Geraldine Montgomery of Kingston, Ill.; and nine grandchildren. His parents and one sister, Marguerite Popp preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Dissinger's name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601.
Submitted by Gerald Hobson from The Ponca City News, Thursday, 10 Apr 1997
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