Father William J. Dineen, C.PP.S, 73, a member of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, died at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, OH on January 15, 2013. Father Dineen was born in Dayton, OH on August 22, 1939 to William J. and Irene (Mannix) Dineen. He entered Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton, OH in 1953 and then St. Joseph College in Renssalaer, IN in 1957. He made temporary incorporation in 1960 and definitive incorporation in 1963 with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and on June 4, 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena, OH by Bishop Paul Leibold.
Father Dineen’s first ministry assignment was at Precious Blood Seminary in Liberty, MO, where he served from 1966 to 1974, as an instructor and also Director of Seminarians. During these years he also served as an assistant chaplain at St. Mary Hospital in Kansas City, MO and also completed Clinical Pastoral Training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C.
From 1974 to 1976, Father Dineen worked as a chaplain at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. In 1976, he returned to Precious Blood Seminary and served there as an instructor and also seminary treasurer and local director until 1982. During these years, he was also instrumental in starting Good Shepherd Parish in Smithville, From 1979 to 1987 he served the province as a member of the provincial council. In 1987, he was appointed Assistant Provincial Treasurer and in then Provincial Treasurer in 1992, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. From 1993 to 1995 he also served as Sacramental Minister at Church of the Annunciation in Kearney. Following his retirement in 2005, he resided in Liberty, until 2009 when he moved to St. Charles Center, where he lived until the time of his death.
Affectionately known as “Truck,” Father Bill taught physics and math at the seminary. His financial acumen led to a long career as province treasurer. More than a numbers person, Father Truck was a wonderful storyteller who often drew upon the wisdom of Charles Schultz’ Peanuts characters for inspiration. Though his sermons were often brief, his stories would connect Scripture with everyday life and offer others an encouraging word. Proud of his Irish ancestry, Father Bill made several trips to Ireland before his health began to deteriorate. Even as his body was slowed by Parkinson’s disease, it could not stifle his spirit or his appetite for a good story.
Father Dineen is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Claude Sacksteder of Dayton, OH; numerous cousins and friends; and the members and companions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Visitation will be at St. Charles Center on January 17 with a wake service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on January 18, at St. Charles Center at 2 p.m. with Father Joseph Nassal, C.PP.S., Provincial Director, presiding. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, OH.