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John Arthur Martindale, 76, passed away in the early morning on Monday, August 29, 2016. John was loved by his family and will be missed.
John was born October 12, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa. At 6 years old, John carried and sold corn out of boxcars in the bottoms of Des Moines. On October 24th, 1958, John married Rebecca Ann Briggs. John and Becky had two sons, John Martindale Jr. born in 1950 and Robert (Bob) Martindale in 1962.
John was a hard worker who washed cars for Les Bookie and was later hired on at Bookie Pack where he worked for 25 years. In 1968, John and his wife Becky bought and built Shady Oaks Golf Course in Ackworth, Iowa. In 1972, Shady Oaks opened as a 9 hole course. John decided "we better get big or get out" and with that, another 9 holes were added and Shady Oaks opened as an 18 hole course in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rebecca Martindale; son, John Martindale Jr.; son, Robert (Bob) Martindale; four grandchildren, Bobby, J.J., Misty, and Austin; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016. Funeral services were held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Published on September 1, 2016
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