Herman J. Dinges
September 21, 1929 – February 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
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Herman J. Dinges
August 3, 2020
First off my deepest condolences to the Dinges family and close friends of the family. My parents Wilbert & Georgine Bedore used to attend most of Herman and Lauraine played at. I also was engaged to their daughter Judy Dinges and am in hopes to see her again someday as it has been some time since we shared moments together with her parents. I remember their son Darrell and I would like to see him someday again. Their tradition carries on in heaven where the dances never end. Again my deepest condolences to the Dinges family. Hopefully someday we can meet again.
Carol Nitzel (Smith)
August 3, 2020
So sorry to hear about Herman, grew up going to polka dances with my mom and dad (Pete and Margaret). Many memories of both Herman and Lorraine and the family. He was a great man, my prayers are with the family, may he rip, he is now in polka heaven!
Narcene and Terry Bedore
July 24, 2020
We are sadden to just hear of Herman's passing. We were blessed to have Herman and his polka band entertain at our wedding in 1981. Terry's belated father and Herman knew each other in their younger years in Kansas and then moved to Denver. We enjoyed visiting with his family through the years. Lauraine was always smiling and a sweet lady. We were friends with their daughter Judy and had made great memories. Herman's polka band played at my in-laws 40th anniversary which Judy was a part of and also at my folks 25th, my uncles 25th, and grandparents 50th anniversary all at one big polka party. We will never forget his Christmas tradition of decorating his home and his wife dressing up as Mr and Mrs Claus while handing out candy canes. There are so many wonderful memories. We will miss them but their music lives on in heaven. We send our love and prayers to Darrel and Judy and all the Dingus family.
February 23, 2020
My now 30 year old son Benjamin and I have wonderful memories of Herman's Christmas lights. We moved here in the early 90's and soon learned of Herman's Christmas display.
Going to see his wonderful display became an anticipated, yearly Christmas tradition for us. As, I'm sure that it was for thousands of others over the years.
Many years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Herman, his daughter Judy and his grandson Kyle on a personal level, as his granddaughter Amber, became my daughter in law.
My son Benjamin and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of Herman's beloved family.
May your memories comfort you.
Denise and Benjamin Irby
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 !!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.