John William Brindo III, 62, of Hiram Township, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Geauga Regional Medical Center UHS in Claridon Township.
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John was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Chardon, the son of the late John and Margaret (Kuehn) Brindo Jr., at Cory Hospital. John was a 1969 graduate of Chardon High School and graduated from Bluffton College in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. John was a graduate of the Lakeland College Police Academy, Class of 1974.
John proudly served 39 years as a police officer, detective and deputy sheriff with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office, the Garrettsville Police Department, the Hiram Police Department, the Orwell Police Department and had most recently served with the Garrettsville Police Department, badge No. 912. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 in Portage County and then Lake-Geauga Lodge 16. He also belonged to many other fraternal organizations.
He was a certified police academy instructor and commander for more than 25 years for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in numerous police academies throughout Northeast Ohio. He felt the high point of his career was being awarded the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for his involvement in returning a kidnapped 8-month-old baby during an Amber Alert investigation in 2006. He was also awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart for injuries sustained in a shooting in 1985.
His community involvements were varied. He was a firefighter/EMT with the Hiram Fire Department, Hiram Township zoning inspector and served two terms on the Hiram Township Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also a Master Mason with Garrettsville Lodge 246. He was a past member of the Hiram-Garrettsville Rotary Club and a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. John was the owner of Northern Portage Weaponry and instructed firearms to the public for many years for the Ohio Carry Concealed Program. John was a history buff and really enjoyed researching his genealogy. He was a life member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Samuel Huntington Chapter in Painesville and a member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, James A. Garfield Camp No. 142, Cleveland. His fourth great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War and his great-grandfather, John Kuehn, a German immigrant, fought as a sergeant in the infantry during the Civil War, 9th OVI from Ohio. John was proud to have had possession of his sword.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy Ida Dye Brindo, whom he married May 20, 2003. He is also survived by two brothers, Jay (Beth) Brindo and Jan (Becky) Brindo, both of Chardon; and many nieces and nephews.
His first wife, Karen Wizner Brindo, died in 1999.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Green Family Funeral Home and Crematory Service, State Route 44 at the corner of 4668 Pioneer Trail (south of Route 422), Mantua. A graveside funeral service will be Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery in Hiram, conducted by the Rev. Roger Norton, Mr. Matt Ryser and Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland. Procession to the cemetery will form at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with a police honor guard escort, and police honors will be presented at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, any memorial contributions may be made to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 901 E. St. NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20004-2025 in John's name.
His obituary and video tribute may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Green Family Funeral Home and Crematory Service
4668 Pioneer Trail Mantua, OH 44255
Published in www.News-Herald.com on July 14, 2013