John F. Sindlinger Jr., 89, of Newcomerstown, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Born March 7, 1925, in Tuscarawas, he was the son of the late John and Emma (Veigel) Sindlinger. After graduation from Tuscarawas High School in 1943, John enlisted in the US Navy and was at Normandy D-Day on June 6, 1944, amphibious operations at Omaha Beach during World War II. He also participated in the amphibious invasion at Marseille on Aug. 15, 1944, in southern France. Upon returning home, he worked for Republic Steel in Massillon, and later with the state highway department of New Philadelphia.

John worked for Carl Schreiner and Bob Gooding at their car and Ford tractor dealership in Gnadenhutten. He bought into the agency in 1960 and was president of Indian Village Motors until 1983. He was a partner there with Bob Wolf. They also worked together at Indian Valley Motors in New Philadelphia, until 1989. In later years, John worked from his business garage in Gnadenhutten, selling used cars and managing business operations for many years. In the late 1950's, John was elected to the Gnadenhutten Village Council, serving as president part of the time. In 1951, he became a member of Port Washington Masonic Lodge 202 and in 1948, John joined Newcomerstown Elks Lodge 1555. He was also a member of The American Legion.

He served on the board of directors for the Gnadenhutten Bank, later becoming Bank One, for fifteen years from 1979 until 1984. John was an avid collector of clocks, attending auctions and special clock sales. He and his wife enjoyed traveling to Japan, Greece, and the U.S. western coastal states. He was a gentleman and kind to all who knew him. A rock to his family, he was always there to help in any way possible. John was raised in the St. James Lutheran Church in Tuscarawas. He later became and active member and served on many committees at the Methodist Church in Gnadenhutten. After moving to Newcomerstown, he transferred his membership to Christ United Methodist Church.

On July 15, 1945, he married Margaret Ann Rentch, who died Sept. 10, 1976. He married Rachel Ann Phillips Hickman on June 29, 1991, who survives. John will be deeply missed by his wife, children, and grandchildren including daughters, Christina Wills of Gnadenhutten, and Stacy Sindlinger of Venice, California, and son, Thomas Sindlinger of Tuscarawas, and step-son, Whit Hickman of Wichita, Kansas; grandchildren, Aaron Kochman, Ben Wills, LaCreasa Allen, and Scott Sindlinger, and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Verna, Mary, Martha Sindlinger, and Ruth Havey.

Funeral services were Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the Addy Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, with the Rev. Larry Hukill officiating.

Burial was in Gnadenhutten Clay Cemetery following the service where Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military services.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak Street, Newcomerstown, OH 43832; Newcomerstown Fire Department, 200 S. College St., Newcomerstown, OH; or Gnadenhutten Fire Department, 131 S. Walnut St., Gnadenhutten, OH 44629.

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