Garold Marvin Lindley, age 94, of Centerville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his residence.
Garold was born on June 26, 1926 in Moulton, Iowa, the son of John Russell Lindley and Dorthy Frank (Piper) Lindley. He would often speak of his childhood, walking three miles to school one way, and the teacher being so strict, that the students weren’t allowed to look out the window. He graduated from Moulton High School.
At the age of 16, Garold wanted to join the Merchant Marine, but his father refused to let him because at that time, the Merchant Marine were running tankers and ammunition ships across the Atlantic, and there were regular reports of these ships being sunk. A year later, John gave Garold permission to join the Navy. On April 12, 1944, Garold enlisted into the United States Navy in East Moline, Illinois. After his basic training, he rode a troop ship across the Pacific to Australia. When they arrived in Australia, they traveled across the country by train to their port. Upon arrival at his port, ironically enough, Garold was assigned to an ammunition ship, called USS PYRO (AE 1), the very duty his father had tried to avoid for his son. He served a tour on the ammunition ship and was due to return home, until the replacement ship exploded. Because of the loss of the replacement ship, Garold served another tour. He served his country faithfully during WWII, earning many combat awards, including the Victory Medal, The American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon (1 Star). Garold was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman First Class on May 26, 1946.
After the war, Garold moved to California, and lived there for several years. He and his sister Hazel’s husband, Bill Franklin ran a gas station together. At first the business was successful. As the demographic of the area changed, the business went downhill. The new residents wouldn’t fill up their cars, but might buy as little as 50 cents worth of gas at a time. It was then that Garold went to work for Chrysler. He was employed at Chrysler for many years, before he met and married Vivian Porter. On February 19, 1966, they were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garold and Vivian moved back to Iowa to join in business with his brother Harold. Garold and Harold ran a successful construction business, building many of the homes in the Centerville area, until they both retired.
In retirement, Garold took up the sport of golf. He enjoyed playing as a young man in California, but hadn’t in many years. He played most frequently at the Manhattan Golf Course, south of Centerville. Five days before his ninetieth birthday, while playing with a nephew and a niece, he was the only one who cleared the water hazard on the ninth hole.
Left to honor Garold’s memory are several nieces and nephews.
Garold was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Lindley; his parents, John and Dorthy Lindley; his siblings, Fay Daniels, Mildred Appler, Max Lindley, Fred Lindley, Holton Lindley, Mary Carter, Murl Lindley, Hazel Franklin, and Harold Lindley; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Marvin Lindley officiating. Full Military Rites will be conducted at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville directly following the service. Due to the Covid-19 guidelines, we ask that you practice social distancing as much as possible for the visitation and the funeral. Masks are not required, but may be worn while attending the services. Burial will be held at a later date at Dale Cemetery after a family golf outing. Visitation will take place Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 2:00PM-4:00PM. Memorials have been established to either the Garrett Memorial Library or EveryStep Hospice, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Lindley Family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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