John T. Kindler, 90, of Montpelier passed away early Saturday morning in Bryan. He was born to Albert and Roma (McCormick) Kindler on a farm near New Albany, Ohio on July 22, 1923. After graduating from New Albany High School in 1941 he immediately went to work for what is now Nationwide Insurance Company. In December of 1942 he married Virginia M. Lautzenheiser of Edon. They had 64 great years together before she passed away on November 21, 2006.
In January of 1943 he was drafted into the United States Army. After serving for a short time in the States he was sent to the Pacific Area, where he was part of the invasion of Okinawa and later in Korea. He came home and was discharged in 1946. He and Virginia then came to Montpelier where they ran Kindler’s greenhouse and flower shop, in Montpelier for 26 years. After selling their business they worked for Allen-Cunniff furniture store for 27 years. John was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist since 1947. He served on and chaired many committees, including district lay reader and serving on the district trustees for 6 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Lions Club for over 60 years. John served on Montpelier Village Council for 4 years and the Montpelier Tree commission for 10 years. In 2001 he and Virginia were the Grand Marshalls for the Bean Days parade.
John is survived by one sister, Alice Wood of Gahanna, Ohio; one brother, Wilbur (Janet) Kindler of Gahanna, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Virginia.
Visitation for John will be on Tuesday April 8th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home, Empire Chapel, 335 Empire, in Montpelier. Services will be on Wednesday at 1:30p at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier with Reverend Richard Blank to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier, with military rites provided by the Montpelier Veterans. Donations can be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or donor’s choice.