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From: Lisa Shafran, president, Turning Point Columbus

Kris Kindelsperger was the consummate volunteer, always there for everyone else. On behalf of the Turning Point Board of Directors and staff, our deepest condolences go to his beloved wife, Roxie, his children and their families. He will be sadly missed by so many.

He began his work with Turning Point when asked to facilitate a board retreat. As always, he did an outstanding job and immediately was asked to join the board. Thankfully, he did, and his selfless contributions in the years that followed are countless.

Kris may have been the longest-serving board member in Turning Point history. Our bylaws provide limits on board service. In past years, we would avoid running afoul of them by changing the start date of his service. We just could not bear to lose his energy, expertise and commitment, not to mention his sense of humor.

 

He was aware of our creative term limits but was committed enough to never object. In June he officially finished his board service, but without a moment’s hesitation, he agreed to chair the development committee for one more year. Such was his deep commitment to our agency and our mission.

Turning Point was not the only beneficiary of Kris’ giving spirit. You could always find him around our community, smartly but casually dressed with a ball cap, lending a hand where it was most needed.

Kris served as a mentor and a friend to new board members. One commented: “As a new board member he made me feel so welcome from the very first time I met him. I was always so impressed with him at all of our meetings. I did have the pleasure of counting all the money in the envelopes at Dance Marathon this year with him. I don’t know of anyone who could make counting dollars and change so much fun!”

As evidence of his willingness to give of himself to multiple causes, he appeared at our May board meeting wearing his official First United Methodist Smorgasbord apron and name tag. He took a break from pouring lemonade to make the development report before rushing back to pour more. Such was the measure of the man. Kris would not have it any other way. If asked, he delivered and always with an attitude that drew in all around him.

A staff member commented, “He influenced me with his humor, his lightheartedness and his ability to respect all, no matter what their background or role. I will miss his leadership, his smile, his kindness and his upbeat influence.”

We have lost a true champion and a dear friend. They say no one is irreplaceable, but we would argue that point. We are committed to honoring his legacy; his mark will be present to guide us for many years to come. We are grateful for what Kris gave through his volunteer service.

Thank you to his family for sharing him with us and to Kris for caring so deeply about Turning Point and those we serve.

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