GRAETTINGER - A memorial visitation for Walter Harold Tindall, 78, of Graettinger will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger.
Walter Harold Tindall, son of John and Beryl (Allsup) Tindall, was born May 22, 1934 near Graettinger. He completed his life Nov. 13, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
Walter grew up and lived most of his life near Graettinger. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and served most of his tour of duty in Germany. On Feb. 22, 1958, he was united in marriage to Sherlene Roalson with whom he shared the next 54 years of his life.
Walter's entire life was spent working the soil and raising livestock. He was a farmer in every sense of the word. He devoted his life to making things grow, including a beautiful lawn and almost a thousand young trees and shrubs. He threw his whole heart and soul into nurturing "his" trees which became his legacy and hopefully a monument to his memory for many years to come. His obsession with his lawn and all of his equipment and vehicles earned him the nickname Mr. Clean. Who but Walter would wax and polish his combine before putting it away for the winter?
Together, Walter and Sherlene enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. by car, motorcycle and bus tours. He also enjoyed buying and restoring tractors with his best friend, John Miller. He participated in many tractor rides from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the rolling hills of Wisconsin. His last ride was July 6, 2012, with the Bully Bullhead ride. He knew at the time this would probably be his last ride. Most of all, he enjoyed talking - to anyone who would listen!
Walter's last gift to this world was his body, which he donated to the University of Iowa for research and education, hoping that in some small way he could play a part of defeating this terrible illness that destroys so many lives and hopes and dreams.
Walter leaves his wife, Sherlene, of Graettinger; son, Randy, and his wife, Nadia, of Columbia, Mo., daughter, Deen, and her husband, Fred, of Iowa City and son, John, and his wife, Debbie, of Spring, Texas; grandchildren: Adam, Chad, Matthew, Chris and Allie Grems; Nicole Romano and Ashley Tindall; very special cousins, John Trager and his wife, Gloria, of Ankeny and Nicky Hollenbeck of Laurens; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; his aunt, Mae Torrence, and uncle, Brick Tindall, and a host of friends.
Walter was welcomed into eternity by Jesus; his parents; his sister, Theresa; grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Doctor's Without Borders, Hospice, Graettinger Fire Department, Graettinger Public Library or Donor's Choice.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.joycefuneralhomes.com.