John was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Kansas City, Kan. John graduated High School in 1947 from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Kansas City, KS Junior College and then Rockhurst University. John served in the USAF from 1950-1954. He served in country during the Korean Conflict as a Cryptographer and also deployed to Japan.
He lived a very active life and was active in his church, a devout Roman Catholic, a member of St. Charles and St. Patrick's Parishes in Kansas City North. A Fourth Degree Knight with the Fr. Hager Knights of Columbus Council. He was also active in The Boy Scouts serving as a Leader in Troop 180 for many years. He is a Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. On May 5, 1951 he married Boots and in 2012 celebrated their 61st anniversary. John was an accountant, employed many years by Farmland Industries, retiring as the Director of Warehousing. John will be missed by so many people he touched that will remember him for his infectious smile and jovial demeanor. His ability to make everyone feel welcome was his gift.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John E. Grindel and Anna (Duffels) Grindel; his wife, Edelmira (Boots) Grindel; and his brother, Bernard Grindel.
He is survived by his children, Richard (Sherree) Grindel, Anthony Grindel, Peter (Margo) Grindel, Anita Barrett, John (Diana) Grindel and Rebecca (Mac) Tully; his brothers, Robert and Eugene (Josphine) Grindel. He is also survived by grandchildren, Shanna (Eduardo) Siller, Shelby (Brett) Ferguson, Cody (Jolita) Pritchett-Grindel, Lisa (Jeremy) McCoid, Kiefer Grindel, Laura (Isaac) Eyth, Lindsay Grindel, Leslie Grindel, and Lacy Barrett. John also has five great grandchildren, JR and Gavien McCoid, Natalie, Christopher, Sebastian, and Madeleine Siller and Kennedy Eyth and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church 1357 NE 42nd Terr., Kansas City, Mo. 64116 with burial to follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St Patrick's Catholic Church or Wounded Warriors Project.