John Henry Lindell
1930 - 2021
Austin-Peel & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
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Austin, TX
John Henry Lindell
Austin - John Henry Lindell was born an Austin Texan and he died an Austin Texan.
He was born on October 9, 1930, to Albert W. Lindell and Ruth (Andrewartha) Lindell. He quietly passed in his sleep with his wife Betty near his side on February 27, 2021. He was 90 years old.
John and his family moved to Houston early in his childhood, and that is where he met his sweetheart Betty Jean Hilliard. He attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 1952. That same year, he and Betty were married.
In 1953, he was called to become the minister of the Baptist Church at Turnersville, Texas. Later, he was employed as a caseworker at the Texas Department of Public Welfare in Houston. John continued his education at The University of Texas - Austin and was a member of the first graduating class to receive a Master of Arts degree in Social Work in 1957. John was a dedicated caseworker, counselor, and administrator in family and children's services throughout the state of Texas. He was instrumental in the growth and development of the Texas Department of Public Welfare (Human Services) for over 30 years. He retired from the Department in 1987.
John evolved from his Baptist heritage and became a member of the United Methodist Churches in Corpus Christi and Austin. In 1980, he joined the First Unitarian Church of Austin. A lifetime of religious study and reflection led John to embrace Christian Deism. He is the author of a book: Deism, and the Human Jesus, published on his website.
He was enormously proud of his Swedish heritage and opened his home to several visiting Swedish relatives. He and Betty enjoyed traveling to many places in their A-Liner camper where they developed close friendships and great memories. Those memories and more were captured on thousands of pictures he took as the official family photographer. As a city councilman, he answered the call of his Rollingwood community and contributed to the greater good. John led a life of selfless service and was always at the ready to help a friend in need.
John is survived by his wife Betty, two sons, John Jr. (Janet) and Robert (Sue), daughter Bonnie (Wes); four grandchildren Jeremy, Brett, Blake, and Jenna; seven great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Skylar, Beau, Kitt, Emmett, Savannah, and Summit; and so many dear family and friends.
John: husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, family counselor, marriage officiant, inventor, author, poet, small business owner, songwriter, and lover of life. We will miss you and forever carry you in our hearts.
A private celebration of life will be shared at home by family members.
Published by Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 3 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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I stumbled across John's writings on the internet about 5 years ago and found them well-reasoned and persuasive. I was looking for them again recently and was dismayed to discover that John has passed. God bless John for his work during his lifetime, and may God bless his family and friends.

Although John's website is gone, I was able to find a copy of his e-book that was archived on the following website address:
John W.
June 2, 2021
What sweet family memories I have of John. His warm smile and caring spirit were ever present and dry sense of humor always fun. I always loved the family times shared in his presence. Betty, you and the kids, grandkids and great grandkids I know miss him deeply and will be praying for your peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Cindy Barr Sherman
March 14, 2021
I so enjoyed our conversations. Sad to hear of Brother John's passing. I'm sure he will be saved as he was so full of love for his fellow man. Peace be with you.
Jon Rogers
March 9, 2021
John, thank you for being a dear friend. I enjoyed our work together at the Texas Department of Public Welfare. My sincerest condolences to your family.

Kindest regards,
Betty & Frank Del Rio, Austin, Texas
Denise Murphy
March 7, 2021
When I started work in State Office of the Department of Public Welfare in the 1970’s, John Lindell was a leader. I will always remember his smile, compassion, and intelligence in forming and implementing public policy in social service programs. What a time that was. He will not be forgotten.
Randall Craig, MSSW
March 7, 2021
Im so incredibly sorry to hear of John's passing. Myself and many others have tried reaching out to him over the past few months since his website was hacked and all his essays lost. He was such an important figure in our religious community. It would be a terrible shame to lose all his essays. If there is anyway I can help get his website up and his writings back online please reach out, let's keep his legacy alive through his writings. Once again I'm so sorry for your families loss.

Brandon Mancuso
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Brandon Mancuso
March 5, 2021
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