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Subject: Lindley John Frances Obit
Date: 25 Aug 2006 09:26:52 -0600
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Las Cruces Sun News
24 Aug 2006
John Frances Lindley, 81 of Las Cruces entered eternal life Monday, August 21, 2006 at La Posada, Mesilla Valley Hospice. John was born August 10, 1925 in Lafayette, Indiana to Roy and Lela Holmes Lindley. He grew up on the doorstep of Purdue University in WestLafayette and attended college at Purdue where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1945. While attending Purdue, John joined the V-12 program with the U. S. Navy during World War II but never served overseas. He later obtained a M. S. degree in civil engineering from the University of California Berkeley. John taught 5 years at Ohio University which, he said was the most valuable experience of his life. He grew as a person, an engineer and as a teacher. He believed in helping others in the furtherance of education and felt his place in life was to help other people grow and develop, he was a great encouragement to others. He also worked as an engineering consultant in computer application using programs !
to help with engineering problems. John worked on several projects in Ohio and Massachusetts where he was responsible for determining highway use for various vehicles. While employed at Ohio State University in 1960 doing a research project, John became interested in flying and by 1963 owned his own plane. He was in aviation for 10 years where he made many friends that he would have not have made otherwise. John came to New Mexico in the 1970's where he joined the engineering faculty at New Mexico State University. He taught courses in civil engineering where he broadened his teaching abilities and made many friends. He retired from NMSU in 1989.
John was raise in the Methodist church and at one time thought be wanted to be a minister and in fact preached in several small churches in Indiana but soon realized that engineering was his career lay. John had a strong belief in God and liked to discuss the Bible. He was a pianist and also sang in the choir in a Presbyterian church while in Berkeley, California.
Cremation has taken place. Dr. Frank Zamora will conduct a memorial service Thursday, August 24, 2006 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Survivors include close friends Dr. Zamora and Dee and Lucy Galt. John had no close surviving family members.
Getz Funeral Home.