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Robert John "Johnny" Dinning

April 22, 1946 — August 8, 2023

Mt. Savage


Robert John "Johnny" Dinning, of Mt. Savage, Maryland, went home to be with the Lord on August 8th, after a long illness. He was born on April 22, 1946, in Frostburg, MD. He was predeceased by his parents, Irmazell (Moore) Dinning, and Zihlman Lindley Dinning, brother-in-law Charles Thompson and sister-in-law, Sally Thompson, Carol's parents, Bray and Marilla Thompson, many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Carol Ann Thompson Dinning, Mt. Savage; a special daughter and son-in-law, Stacey Lynn and Steve Bittinger, daughter, Bobbi Jean Lawler, and three very special granddaughters, Jessica E. Riggleman and husband Cory, Heather Nicole Bittinger, and Destiny Marie Cordle and husband Jay , one grandson, Robert Lawler, and eight special great grandchildren, Canyon Cordle, Brooklyn Cordle, Jaxson Giles, Rykar Morgan, Declan Doyle, Reagan Riggleman, Rozlyn Riggleman and Elijah Lawler, two special nephews, Kevin (Stephanie) and Chuck Thompson, a special nephew and niece, David and Kathy Thompson, great nephews Nick (Wasu) and Jack Thompson, and many friends ..

John graduated from Beall High School in 1964. He worked at the Kelly Springfield Tire Company for 21 years before its' closing. He then became a truck driver, eventually becoming an owner operator. He loved being a truck driver and traveling. He met many people and saw many things in his travels. He loved to talk about his work and would spend hours talking to his truck driving buddies. For directions, he didn't need a GPS, his mind was like a computer. He remembered roads, streets, and town names as well as phone numbers. He had a special relationship with his son-in-law, Steve Bittinger, and one of his past times on the weekends was spent over at the garage with Steve. He and his nephews, Chuck, and Kevin began attending the NASCAR races, which he loved! It was the highlight of his life to go to the races with the "boys!" He got to drive a race car at Dover, DE in 2007. When they were young, he taught them how to hunt, ride a motorcycle, a horse, whatever was around. Steve, Kevin and Chuck were his boys which he never had. He and his wife, Carol, loved to camp and travel and spent many winters in Florida. He liked to look for vintage campers, and he and Carol would refurbish them. He also loved to hunt. and work on his old cars. Johnny was a very good-hearted person, who would help anyone in a time of need. He will be missed by a lot of people. He was a member of the Piney Mt. Sportsman Club, and at one time the Classy Chassis Car Club, Western Maryland Rolling Sams Camping Club, Tin Can Tourists and Scotty Enthusiasts. At his request, his body was donated to science. He felt because he had so many health issues, that he could possibly help someone else.

 A memorial service will be held at the Mountainside Ministries (formerly St. Patrick's Hall) in Mt Savage on Saturday, August 19th, Visitation at 1 :00 and Memorial Service at 2:00. Service will be conducted by Pastor Harry Burchell and Marshall Carder. His ashes will be buried at the Mt. Savage United Methodist Church Cemetery privately at a later date.

We would like to thank Hospice for being so kind and compassionate to Johnny and our family.

 Honorary pallbearers are Steve Bittinger, Cory Riggleman, Chuck Thompson, Kevin Thompson, Robert Lawler, Elijah Lawler, Canyon Cordle, Jay Cordle, Jaxson Giles and Declan Doyle.

At John's request, all contributions are to be sent to the Mountainside Ministries or St. Jude's

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, August 19, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Mountainside Ministries (formerly St. Patrick's Hall)

St. Patrick's Church Road, Mount Savage, MD 21545

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Memorial Service

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Mountainside Ministries (formerly St. Patrick's Hall)

St. Patrick's Church Road, Mt. Savage, MD 21545

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