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David Calvin Shindeldecker

DAVID CALVIN SHINDELDECKER passed away in his sleep on the 25th of October 2008, while at a pheasant hunting lodge in South Dakota. He was 59 years young. He was a beloved son, husband, father and friend. He was born in Ohio on the 7th of January 1949, and educated at Ohio University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a lifelong businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chairman, President & CEO of The Redstone Companies and oversaw an operation that included Redstone Hospitality (The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa; Houstonian Lite; Shadow Hawk Golf Club; The Houstonian Golf & Country Club; Redstone Golf Club; BlackHorse Golf Club), Redstone Capital Partners private equity and Redstone Real Estate. His humanitarian and philanthropy efforts involved a long affiliation with the YMCA of Greater Houston, as well as the National YMCA as Chairman Elect of YUSA. He loved the sport of golf both as a player and his involvement with the Houston Golf Association. He was instrumental in helping to establish The First Tee Houston/Redstone, an organization that brings accessibility of the game of golf to underprivileged area youth while teaching nine core values of life. He loved the outdoors and actively pursued hunting, fishing and hiking. His favorite places to pursue these activities were in the mountains of Colorado, the plains of the Midwest and the Texas coast near Rockport. He is survived by his wife and lifelong companion, Pamela K. Shindeldecker; a daughter, Alison Zykorie and her husband Jeremy Zykorie; a son, Alex Shindeldecker and his wife Ashley Shindeldecker; a grandson, Maxwell Shindeldecker. He is also survived by his father, Ansel Shindeldecker; a sister, Vicki Milledge and her husband Jon Milledge and a nephew, Scott Mikesell; and a brother, John Shindeldecker, his wife Laura Shindeldecker, nephews, Luke and Joel Shindeldecker, and a niece, Emily Shindeldecker. The memorial service will be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 30th of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Immediately following the memorial service, a reception will be held at The Houstonian, 111 N. Post Oak Lane in Houston. For those desiring, memorial contributions in David's name may be made to YMCA, Shindeldecker Family Youth Center, 19915 State Highway 249, Houston, Texas 77070; Lucky Leash Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 56482, Houston, Texas 77256; or to any no-kill animal rescue group of one's choice.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2008
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