Howard Lynn “Lindy” Stargell, was born May 13th 1927 in Creston, Iowa to James Glenn and Lela LaMaster Stargell. Lindy entered eternal rest on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Bergen Mercy Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of ninety-one years.
At a very early age the family moved to Corning where he spent the majority of his childhood outdoors exploring the Nodaway river horseshoe bend. Fishing, hunting, and trapping alongside his dog Brownie created a close bond between the two. At age 11 he was struck by a truck at 11th and Quincy while sledding. He was unconscious for two days, but the accident never slowed him down. He ascended the city water tower along with several other mischievous acts. He graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1945. From 1945-1947 Lindy served in the Army, post WWII in Germany as a Staff Sergeant, Special Assignment in the 316th Headquarters Intelligence Detachment. He completed his basic training at Camp Hood. Lindy had many stories about his open top jeep, attending the Nuremberg Trials/hangings, and deer hunting in the Black Forest. After his Honorable Army discharge, he returned to Corning and joined his father doing auto mechanics and continued his courtship of Jean Maeder. They were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning on August 7th 1950. Their marriage was blessed with three children; Jennifer, Mike, and Jayne. Together they spent their lives in a home built South of Corning except for the time Lindy worked as a game warden in Green and Carroll counties, including lake patrol on Spirit Lake. He returned to Corning to begin his career as a city letter carrier for the United States Post Office. His claim to fame was that he “walked around the world 3 times and never left Adams County” before retiring in 1988. Lindy always made sure the family had a yearly vacation funded by the sale of hay.
His passion for hunting, fishing, and trapping was passed down to his son and grandsons. Trapping led to a life-long friendship with Hollis Perrin, evolving into a friendly competition searching for Indian Artifacts.
Additional friendships were formed at the sale barn where he often satisfied his sweet tooth with a piece of pie. He continued to purchase and sell cattle until age 80.
Later, after losing Jean to ALS, Lindy enjoyed spending time with Patricia Kennedy until her passing in 2011. They were close companions, enjoying each other’s families and dining out. In addition, they chose Maggie from a litter of pups. Maggie was great company to both Lindy and Pat.
Lindy was grateful to be included in an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2009, and in November 2017, he was presented a Quilt of Valor.
Lindy was able to extend his stay this past year in his lifelong home due to the special care he received every weekday morning from Yvonne Dennis. His family is forever grateful for her dedication.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer Larkin of St. Joseph Missouri, Michael (Kim) Stargell, and Jayne (Phil) Templeton of Corning. 8 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Lela, wife, Jean in 2005, sister, Lorraine Duplinsky, brother, James Glenn Jr., grandchildren, Emily Lynn and Nathaniel Jay Larkin.