Col. (Chaplain) Jon M. Lindenauer of Federal Way, Wash., passed from this life on July 29, 2007. He was born to Dr. David and Theresa Lindenauer on Nov. 27, 1928, in New York City, N.Y.
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Jon graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1946, then graduated from Lafayette College in 1950. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict.
He married Constance Cheney of Fleet, Hampshire, England, on Sept. 18, 1954.
He entered Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., in 1954. After graduation in 1957 he began his career as pastor of Woodside Presbyterian Church in Troy, N.Y. Jon was ordained as an Episcopal priest on Dec. 17, 1958, and was assigned to upstate New York.
He returned to active duty in the U.S. Army in 1960, stationed at Fort Eustis, Va. Jon served in the army until September 1971, attaining the rank of major (chaplain). Tours of duty: two in Germany; Fort Devens, Mass.; Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; Red Stone Arsenal, Ala.; and Fort Carson, Colo. He graduated from the U.S. Army Chaplain School Career Course while at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and Fort Carson Colo.
Jon was an infantry battalion chaplain with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, including one year in Vietnam, July 1966 to July 1967. He was awarded the following military honors: Combat Infantry Badge, UNSM, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, NDSM, OLC, AFRM, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, four Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal.
In 1971, he became rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Beacon, N.Y., and professor of behavioral science at DCC, N.Y. In 1980, he became rector of St. Elizabeth's Church in Burien, Wash. Jon remained in the U.S. Army Reserve 124th Battalion as command chaplain of the West Coast until 1988 when he retired as colonel.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Constance; son, Jon M. Lindenauer Jr. (Virginia) of Auburn, Wash.; daughters, Joanna Kinsey (Roger) of Woodinville, Wash., Elizabeth Lindenauer of Bozeman, and Anne Mark (John J.) of Federal Way, Wash.; four grandsons: John J. Mark Jr. (Jo Jo) of Federal Way, Wash., Erik J. Lindenauer, Kristofer R. Lindenauer and Alex D. Lindenauer, all of Auburn, Wash.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Federal Way, Wash., for their loving care and extraordinary kindness to both Jon and the entire family.
Interment with full military honors was in Tahoma National Cemetery, Auburn, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org.
Please sign the family's online guest book at www.yahnandson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 5, 2007