Robert M. Dinterman Jr. Gunners Mate, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Robert M. Dinterman Jr., 73, who supervised National Park Service construction projects before retiring in 1992, died November 10, 1999 at his home in Vienna after a heart attack.

Mr. Dinterman had worked for the National Park Service for 29 years before retiring in 1992 as branch chief of construction. In that capacity, he oversaw the construction of Wolf Trap Farm Park, Constitution Gardens and the lighting of the Lincoln Memorial.

A native of Frederick, Maryland, he came to Washington after serving in the Navy during World War II and taking part in nine major battles in the Southern Pacific, including Okinawa and Iwo Jima. As a gunner on a destroyer, he survived its sinking in the battle of Okinawa.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carmelita “Mike” Dinterman of Vienna; four children, Ted R. Dinterman of Boston, Mark D. Dinterman of Atlanta, Jean Grinell of Seaford, Va., and Laura Luca of Burke; two sisters; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.


Of Vienna, VA, on Wednesday, No vember 10, 1999 at his residence. Beloved husband of Carmelita (Mike) Dinterman; devoted father of Ted R. and Mark D. Dinterman, Jean Grinnell and Laura Luca. He is also survived by grandchildren, Gibson, Sterling, Katie, Bob, Kristin, Sarah, Amy, Stephen III, Danny and Brian; one brother, Roger A. Dinterman; sisters, Mary Starkweather and Joan Stark; daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Hazard and Kathleen Dinterman; sons-in-law, Raymond Luca and Major Stephen Grinnell, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA, Sunday, November 14 at 2:30 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, November 15 at 10 a.m. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 8:45 a.m. for the procession to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 4455 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20008.

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