The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 13, 2011

Jim Dines

JOPLIN, MO — James M. "Jim" Dines, age 84, Joplin, passed away at 8:44 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his home with his family by his side. Jim was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Baxter Springs, Kan., to the late James Dines and Enid Ellis Dines and was raised in Galena, Kan. Mr. Dines attended Creighton University for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His military service was with the United States Army Air Corps in the Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Independence Ribbon. During his 43 year career with Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc., Mr. Dines has distinguished himself in many fields. Mr. Dines¹ early career included research and development, design engineering, project engineering, program management, engineering management and operations management. During this time, Mr. Dines was responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced power systems used in DOD military hardware and NASA aerospace vehicles. As recognition for his contribution to these efforts, Mr. Dines was awarded nine U.S. patents, numerous publications and several awards for excellence. After serving in several management positions, Mr. Dines was named president of the electronics division of Eagle-Picher. In 1981, Mr. Dines was made a group vice president and officer of Eagle-Picher Corporation. His primary duties included the general management of eight divisions of Eagle-Picher. Three of these divisions represent the high technology groups of the corporation and include the Eagle-Picher Research laboratories. During his term of management, these divisions spun off several new technology areas. Also during this time, Mr. Dines provided guidance in the establishment of the Laser Center of Excellence at Oklahoma State University funded through the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). Mr. Dines retired as Corporate Vice President and Officer of Eagle-Picher Industries in 1991. Throughout his working career, Mr. Dines has been active in civic affairs and has served on numerous boards and committees. He served on the Board of Directors of Freeman Hospital and as Council Member and elder of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mr. Dines was also commissioned as a member of The Missouri Corporation for Science and Technology by Governor John Ashcroft. Above all, everyone that knew him knew that you couldn¹t ask for a more loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim married Mary Sue Irelan on Oct. 28, 1972, in Joplin. She survives at the home. Additional survivors include four children, James Dines and his wife, Nancy Wood, Albuquerque, N.M., Cheryl Burke, Merced, Calif., Kristina Murdock and her husband, Kyle, Joplin, Kyle Dines and his wife, Teresa, Little Rock, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a grandchild, Jessica Nicole. Funeral services are planned for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Gregory Mech will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Pallbearers will be Joseph K. McWethy, Jay Dines, Kyle Dines, Kyle Murdock, Tyler Murdock and Jerome Schamber. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to Martin Luther School. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

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