El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service

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Clara Lou Dingman

October 5, 1940March 15, 2020

Clara Lou Dingman passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Carla and Mark Middledorf, with her husband Gene and family at her side. The daughter of Lowell and Grace (McDonald) Brown, Clara Lou was born October 5, 1940 in Perry, MI and they moved to Carsonville, MI shortly thereafter. She spoke often of her childhood and growing-up years with her “Mother and Daddy” on the Carsonville farm and the friends and relatives nearby. Clara Lou made her choice to serve the Lord in 1952. She was united in marriage to Gene Dingman in 1959. Clara Lou was a mother, grandmother and friend to many. Her love and devotion to the Lord manifested itself in her care and concern for others. In addition to cooking, baking, and the many hobbies and projects she enjoyed, one of her favorite activities was having an open home for the ministers and friends with gatherings for fellowship and friendship.

Clara Lou is survived by her husband and seven children: Lowell Dingman of Long Beach, CA; Randy (Dawn) Dingman of Howell, MI; Carla (Mark) Middledorf of Santee, CA; Adele Reuter of Imperial Beach, CA; Mel (Savannah) Dingman of Bay City, MI; Brendan (Lynnette) Dingman of Springfield, VA; Donald (Amber) Dingman of Midland, MI; twenty-six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Clara Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her step-mother Nonia Brown.

In light of the current health pandemic and according to current government guidelines, it is not possible to hold any funeral related services at this time. For those who wish to pay their respects and share a message with the family, they may do so either through the ‘Add a Memory’ link below or by calling 517-548-7901 and following the prompts to record it. The family looks forward to sharing in these messages. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association in your area or LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care.


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Judy Kevelin

March 26, 2020

Thinking of the family and sending love and care. One outstanding memory is 1952 when Clara Lou made our choice to be a child of God at Carsonville convention in Michigan.

Heidi Jakubos

March 25, 2020

Our hearts are with you during this difficult time!

Rocky & Karen Dalrymple

March 25, 2020

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I remember what Jerome F spoke at my aunt's funeral. Although the mind was gone, the fruit was sealed. So glad for this.

Ann Haley

March 25, 2020

So sorry,,I can't believe no one told me,,spent a lot of time with the family when they lived in bellbrook Ohio,,remember the first two boys,,I watched them many times,,they moved and I lost track,,dear lady,,good cook,,my fault for not keeping in contact,,keep the memories gene,,hope to hear from you someday,,take care

Sandy Gillett-Bartrug

March 24, 2020

I have so many fond memories of my childhood that include your family. My mother was Clara Lou's cousin and cohort. I remember as a child they would laugh so hard my mom would rock back and forth trying to catch her breath. My mom in her final days asked about Clara Lou often and missed her a great deal. They are laughing together now.

Jo Ann Lockard

March 22, 2020

Thinking of you all this morning and hoping that you are finding peace in your loss of Clara Lou. I have such fond memories of Clara Lou and the many times spent with your whole family-such wonderful and caring friendship. I hope that all of your great memories will comfort you thru these difficult times. Much love, Jo Ann

Randy Dingman

March 20, 2020

Sorry - this is Mom (not that first picture)

Randy Dingman

March 20, 2020

Grateful for all the support of friends and family during Mom's passing and would like to encourage all to share a message here. We do hope to read all that are shared and it will mean a lot to Gene (Dad) and the family. Thank You