Obituary of John Lindner
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Regrettably on December 24 th 2022, John Joseph Lindner passed away at his home
with his family at his side. He was 81 years old and was an active citizen of
Connell WA for the past 25 years. John is survived by his loving wife Carol
Lindner (Colley) of 55 years, survived by his sister Karla Saidon-Hayes, her
daughter Amy and extended family Jennifer and Fred Broberg. John and Carol
met in the Seattle Green Lake area and raised three children, Jeff, JJ and Michelle.
John Lindner started his career in law enforcement as an US Army MP during the
Vietnam War and subsequently spent 31 years serving the citizens of King County
with the King County Sheriff’s Department. His roles at the Sheriff's office ranged
from patrol to detective with special and major crimes. John retired at the rank of
Detective Sergeant of King County Sheriff Vice Unit.
John Joseph Lindner was born and raised by Thora and Karl Lindner in Chehalis
WA. He graduated from Chehalis High School and after his tour of duty in the US
Army graduated from Seattle University. John and Carol would eventually move
to north Woodinville to raise their three children. The Woodinville house was
surrounded by 13 acres where friends and family enjoyed a “park like” setting.
John is survived by three very bright and adoring grandchildren, Lyv, Daisy and
Keegan. After retiring John announced that he would be living his wife Carol’s
“retirement dream” and they moved to her hometown, Connell WA. In Connell,
John and Carol started a business called “The Old Hardware Store” a never-ending
garage sale/secondhand store. “The Old Hardware Store”, now known as the
“The Brick”, soon became an attraction and one of Connell’s “social hot spots” a
warm and welcoming place to meet and mingle. Both John and Carol were artists
at heart. John could be found expressing his art through gardening around their
home he called “Casa De Carol” also known as the purple house on the plateau.
He enjoyed working on sketches, woodworking in his large shop and with the help
of his friends, gained skills at restoring antique tractors. John gave back to the
community by being active in Connell’s Chamber of Commerce, often present at
City of Connell’s City Counsel meetings, a member of Connell’s Fall Festival
Committee, and coached youth soccer. Of John’s time in Connell, his favorite
memberships were those of being an active member of the Connell Community
Club, and the secret-unsanctioned fly-by-night Connell Antique Tractor Club
where he and members would buy, sell, trade and mostly restore said antique
tractors. These tractors would be driven in not only in Connell’s parades but
parades in the surrounding area.
John Joseph Lindner will be remembered as a loving supporting family man who
enjoyed traveling with his family, a fierce friend, a great cop or how we liked to
know him as, the Artful Detective who had a witty sense of humor and an
involved community member of Connell. John Joseph Lindner will be sorely
missed but never forgotten. Thanks for everything dad, we love you.
- Your Family, Friends and from your friends from KCSO
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