MCPO Regis F. “Dino” Deinhardt NAC US Navy Retired
Master Chief Petty Officer Regis “Dino” Deinhardt, Naval Air crewman passed away from the COVID-19 virus, on January 3, 2021 at Wheeling Hospital with his wife by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Miriam of Bethlehem.
Dino is lovingly remembered by his two daughters, Christy (Doug) Costain and Anne Marie (Bob) Potts both of Bethlehem; five grandchildren, Alena, Chris and Ella Costain and Maddie and Andrew Potts; four sisters, Dary, Tary, Tanyia and Jody; one brother, Reed and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Regis and Margaret; two brothers, David and John and two sisters, Peggy and Dana.
Regis was born, raised and educated in the Mahopac/Shrub Oak, New York area of suburban New York. After high school he joined the US Navy to travel the world. His travels took him to the far corners of the world, where he was able to view, enjoy and learn about different cultures first hand, while viewing where the old world met the new world. He fondly remarked many times that “I truly lived the Navy adventure”.
As a Naval Air crewman, he amassed over 9000 flight hours in various aircraft models, from Search & Rescue Helicopter, carrier based jet bombers to large turboprop transports and other aircraft he was qualified in. During his 30 years of active duty Naval service the Master Chief was awarded over 40 personal awards and commendations for his superior leadership and exemplary professional performance of his duties, and was a three time veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was a Wheeling University graduate, formally known as Wheeling College.
The Master Chief often stated that the enjoyment of watching his two daughters grow into good citizens of the world was his and his wife’s greatest achievement.
His children and five grandchildren gave him much happiness and enjoyment. He could often be found at the gyms and ballfields in the area watching one of his children or grandchildren playing a game only to have leave and go catch another game for one of the other grandchildren, and yes, he even enjoyed going to their dance recitals. He also took his grandchildren on many adventures and taught them to try new things, while continuing to take his wife on her rock climbing and marathon running expeditions across the country.
Dino was an active member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion, DAV and the FRA. But Dino will be remembered for his witty personality and always have a genuine smile on his face.
Family and friends will be received Friday, January 15, 2021 at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, 1400 Eoff St., from 2-8 pm with a vigil service at 7:30pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, January 16, at 10 am at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Augustine officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In accordance with West Virginia guidelines and the wishes of the family, masks are required for all services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a compassionate gift or deed for the less fortunate or memorial contributions may be made to Tunnels to Towers by clicking here.
To attend the mass virtually place click here.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
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