John Albert Kindig, 96, of Burlington, died at 8:26 PM Saturday, June 20, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington with daughter Sue & Nephew Randy Philpott at his side.
Born October 20, 1923, he was the son of George A. and LulaBelle Smith Kindig. On November 1, 1944, he married Bessie Frances Munkus in San Antonio, TX. She passed March 16, 2004. In last 27 years of John's life he made his home with his special love, Virginia Murphy, who was very good to him.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran in W.W. II he served in Guam.
After the service, John came back to Burlington where he owned and operated a construction company building over 300 homes in Burlington.
In the late 60's and early 70's, John built, owned and operated a grocery store called "Food Mart", a laundry mat and a small cafe in Gulfport, IL. He let the kids in the town run the snow cone machine, and their payment was a free snow cone!
Survivors include his special love of 27 years, Virginia Murphy; one daughter, Sue Dixon of Burlington; three grandchildren, Bobbi Jo (Sharon Coupland) Dixon of Wichita, KS, Stephani Lyn Dixon of Burlington, and James Brandon Dixon of Fort Madison; one great-grandson, Colton James Dixon of Wichita, KS; two great-granddaughters, Aaliyah (Luke Riches) Gomillion and one held private; one great-great-grandchild, Riley Rae Riches; nieces and nephews: Randy Philpott, Sherry McCannon, Russell (Maggie) Kindig, Michael (Janet) Kindig, and Rick (Susan) Philpott; many great-nieces and nephews; southern nieces, Linda Bearden Evans, Paulette McDaniel, Vickie Anderson, and Kathy Massey all of Birmingham, AL; and John's special blended family members, Vicki (Kevin) Beckman, Steve (Lisa) Murphy, Brenna (Anthony) Murphy, and Shannon (Chase) Murphy. John's blended great-great-grandkids fondly called him "Grandpa Tic Tac" as he always had Tic Tacs in his pocket to pass out. They are, Brennan, Rachael, Aiden, Charli, Kaden, Isabella, Americus, Rihanna, and Aaliyah. He is also survived by his granddog, Fabella Rae Lusha who he loved very much.
John was known for his banana cream pie which he brought to every Murphy family gathering.
John's family was important to him, he was happiest when spending time with them. Some of John's favorite past times were cooking, singing, playing the organ at local nursing homes and at the Senior Citizens' Center and the Auditorium. He and Virginia loved to go dancing every weekend at the Moose Lodge. He loved to be outside, especially swinging on the porch. He loved when his special neighbor, "Carleen" would swing with him and visit. Simple things made him happy.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his only son, Steven, and one infant son.
There will be no funeral services at this time. John has chosen to deed his body to the University of Iowa.
A graveside committal with military honors will be held in Carman Cemetery at a date and time to be announced later.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice House.
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