John Lindenberger

John Blackwell Lindenberger

Monday, February 18th, 1929 - Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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John Blackwell Lindenberger died at age 91 on September 17th, leaving behind a grieving but tremendously grateful family for having loved and been loved by such a special man.
Mr. Lindenberger was born in Louisville, a city his ancestor Capt. James Patten helped settle in 1778, on Feb. 18, 1929. He lost his father, James Miller Lindenberger, Jr., in a 1934, Easter morning car crash on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga that sent his mother Gladys (Fishburne), later Bennett, to an extended stay in the hospital. During her convalescence, he and his older sister, Laura Jean, lived with their grandparents.
Graduating from Manual High School with the class of 1946 ½ , Mr. Lindenberger spent most of his career in the photo-engraving industry and was an active member of the Graphic Communications International Union local 552, until his retirement in 1996. He served as president of the local, including a stint in the 1960s when he led the union on strike against the commercial printer, Standard Gravure.
Mr. Lindenberger was a competitive athlete well into his fourth decade, playing basketball and, especially, baseball in the many adult amateur leagues that operated in the post-war years in Louisville. Later, as a father to four sons and a daughter, he was a coach to them and countless other youth baseball players. He coached in leagues in Pleasure Ridge Park and Hikes Point Optimist club and for the boys’ basketball teams at Ascension catholic school in St. Regis Park.
His children – James Herbert of Tampa, and his wife Carol Bryant; Robert Blackwell of Titusville, N.J. and his wife Judith Lindenberger; Jennifer Nilest of Louisville, and her husband Mike Nilest; Hudson Patrick of Boulder, and his wife Kim Weins; and Michael Anthony of Houston, and his long-time partner Phil Clore – remember him as a powerful inspiration. He was a champion of workers’ rights and civil rights and of treating everyone with fairness.
Mr. Lindenberger is predeceased by his beloved wife Kathy, his parents Gladys and James, his step-father the former minor league baseball player Herbert Bennett; and his sister Laura Jean Blair and his brother-in-law Will Blair. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Nicholas Nilest of New Braunfels, Texas,and his wife Reena Nilest, Rebecca Lindenberger of Philadelphia, Sarah Nilest of Louisville, Jessica Lindenberger of Pennington, N.J., Sophia Kathleen Lindenberger of Denver and Savannah Lindenberger of Fort Collins, Co.
Visitation to be held Monday morning, September 21, at Highlands Funeral Home on 3331 Taylorsville Road from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m., with a brief non-denominational service there at 12:30 till 1 p.m., with burial at Cave Hill Cemetery to follow.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
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  • Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 |
    Monday, September 21st, 2020
    Cave Hill Cemetery
    701 Baxter Avenue
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Cyndy Johnson

Posted at 10:55pm
Dear Bob, Jim, Jenny, Judy, Rebecca, Jessica and all of the Lindenberger family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. John was such a kind and wonderful man and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. I remember all the Christmas Day evenings at his house where memories were made and we enjoyed spirits and Bob's cherry pie. I am sure the closeness and love your family has is a reflection of the values and love provided by your Dad. It was an honor to know him and I am glad to call him a friend. He will be missed by many. A little poem that you may have heard before but I wanted to share, by Ron Tranmer,
The Broken Chain
We little knew that day, that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same.
but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again.

Prayers to your family and my deepest sympathy.
Love, Cyndy Johnson

Love, Monica and Dana

Posted at 08:44pm
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steve stoll

Posted at 07:20pm
It was an honor to know John, he was a good man and a believer in the labor movement.

Love, The Weins Family

Posted at 06:35pm
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
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Posted at 01:12pm
John's strength, grace, wisdom and powerful voice will be missed by everyone who knew him. Sympathies to you all. You are in our thoughts.
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