Robert W. Dingle, M.D. passed away May 5, 2008, in Tempe, AZ. Dr. Dingle was born on May 26, 1922, in Honolulu, Hawaii. After spending brief periods of time as a child on the islands of Kawai and Hawaii, Dr. Dingle returned with his parents to Honolulu where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1938, and subsequently attended the University of Hawaii. In the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Dr. Dingle joined the Hawaiian Territorial Guard and later the United States Army where he served in the 27th Infantry Division as a surgical technician and participated with distinction in the amphibious invasions of Eniwetok Atoll, Saipan and Okinawa. After his discharge from the Army, Dr. Dingle earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and went on to earn his medical degree from Tufts University Medical School. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine, Dr. Dingle moved west, first to complete a fellowship program in Knoxville, TN, then to Pueblo in 1960, where he practiced medicine for the next 32 years. In addition to providing excellent and compassionate medical care to his many patients during those years, Dr. Dingle served as President of the Pueblo County Medical Society; helped train a generation of new physicians through his work with St. Mary-Corwin Hospital's family practice residency program; continued to serve his country as a medical officer in the United States Naval Reserve; and worked tirelessly to ensure that all of Pueblo's residents had access to high-quality, affordable medical care as one of the founders of the Pueblo Community Health Centers. After his retirement in 1992, Dr. Dingle continued his service to the Pueblo community by serving as a member of the board of Pueblo Community College. Dr. Dingle was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth; his first wife, Florence, with whom he had his son, Michael (Carol) and daughter, Kathy (David); and Helen, his wife of 31 years, with whom he had his son, Sean. Dr. Dingle is survived by his wife, Shirley, who shared his final 14 years; his three children; his grandsons, Daniel, Ian and Liam; his granddaughters, Emily and Faye; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Dr. Dingle will be sadly missed by his family and many dear friends. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of gifts of food or flowers, Dr. Dingle's family respectfully requests that memorials be made to either the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association in his name through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dearest Shirley,

    I am so sorry to hear of your los. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Dingle was a great person.

    Love,

    Kathy

  2. As a founding member of Pueblo Community Health Center 25 years ago, Dr. Dingle helped thousands of people access affordable health care. He understood the importance of giving back to the community and his legendary compassion lives on. Dr. Dingle will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go to Shirley and Sean. Take care during this most difficult time.

  3. 27 years ago, I worked in Parkview’s E.R. (clerk) when the E.R. desk was short and green — without barriers; Dr. Dingle would always stop by the desk either en route to his rounds or after, to check if he had any patients in the E.R. He always cared about his patients. Soft spoken, always respectful, and at times shared an interesting story. He was a good person and an incredible doctor; one that I’ve remembered all these years, and I am sure many will remember for years to come. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  4. Dr. Dingle was one of the most respected physicians in Pueblo and his colleegues in the Medical Society will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and his family in this time of mourning.

  5. I worked in the office of Dr Dingle from 1985 until his retirement in 1992. Working in the Lab was my 1st job out of college and I could not have chosen a better office to be mentored by- everyone was like family. Dr never spoke much about himself-usually stories about Sean and family. I will always be grateful for the compassionate care he provided for my Grandmother. My deepest sympathy for Shirley, Sean and the rest of the family.

    Linda Shaufler

  6. Dear Shirley, We were saddened to hear of Bob’s death and our hearts go out to you. Find solace in fond memories. We will be unable to attend the service, but you will be in our thoughts. Fondly, the Langes

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