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Merle Edwin Dinning

September 16, 2022

Merle Edwin Dinning passed away September 12, 2022, at Boundary Community Hospital surrounded by his wife, Carole and his children Leslie and Andrew. A funeral service will be held at 3 p .m. Saturday, September 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Come help us celebrate Merle’s life.

Merle was born June 27, 1950, in Creston, BC, to Leighton and Evelyn Dinning. He was born in Canada because his parents lived in Porthill and Creston was closer than Bonners Ferry. They lived in Porthill until 1968, when they moved into Bonners Ferry. He was proud to have been an eighth grade graduate of Mt. Hall School and he graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1969.

He married Carole Frans in 1976 and had two children.

Merle started working at the sawmill in high school. He worked his way up to millwright, which he did on graveyard shift for the last 15 years of his time at the mill. Because of the graveyard shift, he was able to run and be elected in 1987 as County commissioner and also had a noxious weed spraying business. He retired from the sawmill in 1993 and bought Border Bait in 1996, packaging and delivering maggots and night crawlers to stores to sell for fishing. He did this for 10 years and sold the business in 2006. After that he was a school bus driver and custodian at Valley View, then at the alternative high school. When it closed, he was hired to be the custodian at Naples school. After he retired he volunteered at Naples to listen to children read and be a mentor.

Merle was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he got involved with BOCO and Boy Scouts. Working with and taking care of children were a joy in his life. Not just the children, but service to others was something he did with his whole heart, time and energy until the last month of his life.

Merle was preceded in death by his father, Charles Leighton Dinning.

He is survived by many who loved him and those he loved in return including his mother, Evelyn, his wife, Carole, daughter, Leslie Mason and husband Geoff, son Andrew Dinning, grandsons Gregory Dinning and wife, Hanna, Colton Dinning and wife, Alexis, and Ryan Mason, granddaughter Maygen Fisher, honorary grandson Dale “Morris” McAllister, great grandchildren Hayden, Myles, Kalayah and Milo, brothers Walter and his wife, Gerry, and Neil Dinning his wife, Pat, sister Nancy Wycoff and husband Larry and many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins, all his in-laws and his church family.

Memorials can be made to BOCO, Scout Pack 114, or Trinity Lutheran Church. Write the check to the intended recipient and you can send it to Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805 and the church will make sure they get where you choose them to go.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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