Pondo “Pete” Dines passed away suddenly on November 26, 2014, in Merrillville, Indiana. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on March 28, 1930, he resided in Lansing for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the American Legion and a member of the American Bulgarian Macedonian Club. He retired from a long career with the State of Michigan Department of Transportation. The whirlpool at the Club, chicken and rice, Lions football, and finding the best deal in town were a few of his favorite pastimes.
He was predeceased by his parents, and two brothers, Ted and Steve. Surviving are his loving sister, Mary; his nieces and nephews, known as his “kids”, Jimmy, Nicholas, Joan, Richard, Terry, Garry, Dana, Kalina and Charissa; several great nieces and nephews, and many life-long friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Panikhida services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at St. Andrew Orthodox Catholic Church, 1216 Greencrest Avenue, East Lansing, at 10:00 a.m., with interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
We love you, Cheecho, and will miss your sweet smile!