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Jerry L Tindall

January 7, 1946 - July 25, 2015

Burial Date: August 15, 2015

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney

Visitation will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 4-6p at Hidden Valley Funeral Home in Kearney.

Jerry Lynn Tindall, 69, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, passed away July 25, 2015, of Congestive Heart Failure. He fought a long, hard battle for several years until he made the decision to stop spending so much time in the hospital and spend his last moments at home surrounded by family and friends.

Jerry was born in Oran in southeast Missouri on January 7, 1946.  He graduated from Oran High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University.

Jerry was married to Sandra Kennedy Tindall, his wife of almost 10 years, on August 13, 2005.

A tireless advocate for social services, Jerry held several public service positions during his lifetime.  He was a probation and parole officer in Cape Girardeau and Kansas City, MO. He then worked for Jewish Vocational Services in Kansas City for many years. He worked as Assistant Executive Director for Vocational Services Inc. from 1994 until his retirement in 2012. Jerry did not stay retired long and less than a year later he began working at Watkins Mill for the Missouri Division of Social Services as a Youth Specialist II. He worked there from April 2013 until his health forced him to retire in April 2015.

Jerry was a leader both at work and in the broader vocational services community. He was a member of the Missouri Rehab Association and served as a member and past president of the Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers. He was a great mentor and advocate for the less fortunate both inside and outside of work.

Jerry was passionate about life. He never did anything halfway. He loved music, telling stories and sharing a good laugh. He was known for telling jokes for hours and never repeating. A talented drummer and singer, he played for many bands during his lifetime. As a young father, playing music was not a hobby but a second job that allowed him to support his family. He was an excellent country dancer and enjoyed playing league pool. He loved all sports and told Sandy they could not get married until four seasons had passed: Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Hockey. He was a great man and a good friend, willing to help out anybody who needed it, rarely asking for anything in return.  (well maybe a Bud light or a shot of Jack!)

A loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Jerry is survived by two daughters, Maria Tindall and Brandi of Boise, Idaho and Monica Justice of Columbus, Ohio; six step-children, Amy Kennedy of Tampa, Florida, Jeremy Kennedy and Jessica of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Joshua Kennedy and Tomiko of Shawnee, Kansas, Jason Kennedy and Courtney of Kearney, Missouri, Amber Kriegel and Pete of Parkville, Missouri, and Amanda Cruse of North Kansas City, Missouri;  16 grandchildren who will miss “PaPa” very much, and two brothers, Arburn “Booney” Tindall of St. Charles, Missouri and Ruby Rucker Tindall of Decatur, Illinois, as well as other family and countless friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Norvell Anderson Tindall, his mother, Nancy Byrtle Tindall, and his brother, Samuel Wilson Tindall.

In accordance with Jerry’s wishes there will not be a traditional funeral service. However, there will be a  visitation from 4-6pm on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home, 925 E. Hwy 92, Kearney, MO 64060… followed by a Celebration of His Life for close family and Friends…(twosteppingnana@mchsi.com) for information.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Missouri Rehab Association …www.mo-rehab.org

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