All Dale Tinstman wanted was a place to call home. “We needed to get into some place that took less attention than where we lived and at the time there weren’t any places in Lincoln,” said Tinstman. For years, he and his late wife Jean were part of a couples’ social group that met monthly to celebrate special occasions like birthdays. It was at one of those gatherings in 1996 that sparked a conversation about retirement community living and the need for a new place in Lincoln. “At that time, there was only one other senior living community and it was 45 years old,” Tinstman recalled. He and Jean thought it was time they had help but still wanted to remain independent. “We were 82 and 81 at the time and we lived in a very comfortable home. But we just needed a place that required less attention to maintenance and other things,” said Tinstman. He was on a mission to accomplish that goal but not without the help from his friend Joe Hampton, a Lincoln developer. Together the two worked with Tabitha, a Lincoln-based organization that provides health care services including in-home support, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice services to seniors. Tabitha had previously bought some vacant property several blocks south of 35th and Old Cheney Road in Lincoln. A proposal to build a new retirement community on that property was then presented to Immanuel. And in October of 2001, The Landing at Williamsburg Village welcomed its first residents. A few months later, Tinstman and his wife Jean moved into their brand new spacious second floor apartment at The Landing. “I love it here. It’s been 15 years since we first moved in and I still love it,” said Tinstman.
He and his wife Jean met while they were students at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. “I gave her a diamond ring right before I left for World War II,” recalled Tinstman. They both graduated from college in May of 1941 and that following December, Pearl Harbor was attacked. “That’s when I went off to war and we agreed to get married after I finished flying school,” said Tinstman. He spent seven years in the Air Force, teaching navigation and flying the B-29, a long range heavy bomber built by Boeing. It is considered by many to be one of the most technologically advanced airplanes of World War II. Tinstman pursued a law degree between World War II and the Korean War and graduated law school in 1947. “I never practiced law but I used it extensively in the investment industry,” Tinstman said. He spent 29 years working in the investment banking business and then was tapped to lead the Iowa Beef Processors (IBP) as its president and chairman. His wife Jean was a graduate of home economics and worked as a dietician while he was in the service. “She kept us very healthy our whole lives,” said Tinstman. The couple was married for 69 years until Jean passed away in 2011. “She was very pretty and a very good dancer,” recalled Tinstman. Together the couple had one son and two daughters, nine grandkids and 17 great grandchildren. “I just sent them all checks in the mail for Christmas,” laughed Tinstman.
At 97 years old, Tinstman was a guest speaker at a recent special event celebrating The Landing’s 15th anniversary. “Immanuel is a well-organized company that is known for the services they provide to seniors in a very Christian way,” said Tinstman. He says it’s the kind of employees we attract that set us apart from the rest. “Our Chef has been here for 10 years and I knew him way before he even worked here. That’s the kind of people Immanuel has been able to attract. Hard-working and dedicated employees,” Tinstman said. He also has great respect for the way Immanuel is operated. “My respect for Immanuel is largely rooted in the way they manage the organization from the bottom to the top,” said Tinstman. “It’s comfortable here. It’s about as independent as you can get.” – Hearts of Immanuel