John M. Tindall
October 14, 1931 - April 10, 2016
John M. Tindall, 84, passed away of cancer at Coral Springs Residential Care in Salem on Sunday, April 10. John has gone to join his loving wife of 59 years, Lorene. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law Doug Jana and Norm Lisa. John was known for his gentle humor and willingness to help others. He was active at Westminster Presbyterian church serving on various boards, stocking shelves at Table of Plenty, and ushering for Sunday church services.
John was born and raised in Klamath Falls. He received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at Oregon State College in 1956. His college career was interrupted during the Korean Conflict when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After serving his enlistment he returned to finish his degree. John then went to work for the Oregon Highway Department and moved his family to Salem. He spent his career in the Bridge Section doing design work and bridge inspections. One of his most notable projects was as part of the team that designed the Astoria bridge over the Columbia River.
Upon retirement, John and Lorene traveled extensively in their motor home, making annual treks to San Diego and Palm Desert areas. They also caravanned with other RV-ing friends to the Baja in Mexico and across the U.S. to see the fall colors in New England. John and Lorene also attended many Oregon State sporting events. They enjoyed many years of tailgating for football with family and friends. John became an avid golfer and joined Santiam Golf Club where he enjoyed golfing with other retirees from Highway. He even had a hole-in-one at a course in Palm Desert. He and Lorene were also devoted gardeners and their backyard was the scene of many gatherings of friends and family.
The family would like to thank Coral Springs and Gentiva Hospice for their care of John in his final days.
A celebration of life will be held at Westminster Presbyterian church in South Salem on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Westminster Presbyterian church building fund or to a charity of your choice.