Herman J. Dinges

September 21, 1929February 12, 2020

Herman Dinges, 90, of Denver, passed away on February 12, 2020 at home, with family by his side. If you knew Herman, you know how much he loved to entertain, and how proud he was of the life he built alongside his wife, Lauraine.

Herman was born on September 21, 1929, to a family of 13 children on a farm near Schoenchen, Kansas, where he was inspired to teach himself how to play music.

After serving in the Army in the Korean War, he married his teenage sweetheart from the nearby city of Hays, moved to Denver, started a career with Samsonite, and raised two children. He also started The Herman Dinges Polka and Variety Band, playing saxophone and accordion, while his wife played piano and sang. He and his band played polka around the country and world, including on the Lawrence Welk Show, Frankie Yankovic's show, the Colorado Polka Days, and Oktoberfest in Denver's Larimer Square.

Herman was also famous for his Christmas lights at his home on Zenobia Street in Denver, that grew bigger and bigger over 50 years. He and his wife dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to hand out candy to children and collect donations for the Children's Hospital.

Herman was a proud member of the Military Honor Guard, VFW, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his siblings Lee and Dorothy, his children, Darrell and Judy, his grandchildren and their spouses Amber and Dustin, Kyle and Brittany, Audrey and Alex, Ava and Kevin, and Sheila and Luis, eight great-grandchildren, and his most recent bandmates Dolores, Dale and Dan. He is preceded in death by his wife Lauraine, and 10 siblings.


  • Kyle Todd
  • Dustin Irby
  • Alex Ciric
  • Luis Ortega
  • Dan Raider
  • Mike Anderson


24 February


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Advantage Runyan Stevenson Chapel

6425 West Alameda Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226

25 February

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Jude Catholic Church

9405 West Florida Ave
Lakewood, CO 80232

21 March

Graveside Service

11:00 am

St. Joseph Cemetery

Hays, Kansas


Herman J. Dinges

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Theresa Brost

February 22, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Herman’s family.
Quite often when Herman and his band travelled to Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada I would take my parents to Uncle Rudy and Aunt Paula Hollman’s home where Herman played his accordion and entertained. Dad(Joe) Uncle Rudy’s brother played the accordion himself but could not play it anymore. Dad enjoyed watching and listening Herman play. We have a Rosary tape of Herman’s that we’ve wore out. This Rosary was prayed on many trips with the added touch of appropriate hymns in between the decades. Herman may your Soul Rest In Peace !!

Angela Zana

February 21, 2020

Herman and Lorraine were a very large part of my childhood. My grandparents, Leon and Lee Herrman, were very good friends with them and I couldn't count the number of hours I spent with them and Darel and Judy as a kid. I'm so sorry for the loss of his goodness in this world. He is now with his beautiful wife in the hands of the Lord!


February 20, 2020

Herman Dinges was insured with State Farm at Gary Laskowski office for over 40 years . I enjoyed seeing him and he was always kind and entertaining.


Donna McNair
Office Representative

Gary Laskowski

February 20, 2020

Herman was a good man and i was honored to be his friend for 60 years. He was proud to be an american, and did so much for his community. Service to the others was in his DNA and he was one of the most generous men i have ever. I am sure his friends totaled in the thousand and he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace my brother. -Gary Laskowski

Teena Morgheim

February 17, 2020

We grew up around Herman from the Polka Days , to playing at my wedding, camping at green mountain and having feild corn for breakfast. We enjoyed the music he played. He was close friends with my grandparents. May be rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Donna Saul

February 16, 2020

Herman was a great person to our family and the community we lived his kind heart. He was one of my mom and dads closest friends. He will be missed dearly.

Janice Dinkel

February 16, 2020

So many wonderful memories of dances with Herman and his band. Most memorable would be the first ones he had at a dive at 6th and Knox Court. What fun we had. Herman played for our 50th Wedding Anniversary 10 years ago. Hope we will be able to attend Burial in Hays.
Love and prayers to his family. Rest in peace Herman.

Margie Gross

February 15, 2020

From the time I was a small child and all through my years until my mothers death, she and all her sisters would mention Herman Dinges often. Polkas were the dance of choice at all the German weddings and celebrations that the families attended both in Denver and in Kansas too. His music brought many good times for them and for all the families. My his soul rest in peace.

Ron Keithley

February 14, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to the Dinges family. I can't tell you how many times Herman would stop in and visit while in Hays. I truly enjoyed those "educational" visits.

Brittney Rader

February 13, 2020

When I was a little girl I always remember going to polka dances, with my parents and grandparents. The last year he did his christmas lights, I went and seen him, he was so excited and just wanted to show me all of his pictures and albums in the garage. It had been the first time he seen me since I was a little girl.... a few months ago I seen him at my grandparents house, that smile welcomed anyone and everyone to come say hi to him. always a man with laughter and jokes.