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Obituary: Kris Kindelsperger, Columbus

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Kris Willard Kindelsperger, Ed. D, 64, of Leatherback Drive Columbus, passed unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

He was born on October 31, 1949, in Syracuse, New York, to Kenneth and Bernis Kindelsperger, who preceded him in death. He received a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, a Master's in the same field from the University of Louisville, and Bachelor's in History from Hanover College. He married his college sweetheart, Roxie, in 1972.

He spent his last 14 years working as a Senior Executive Consultant at Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, a philanthropic consultant group. Previously, he was the Vice President of Development at Hanover College.

Dr. Kindelsperger generously gave his time and energy to the Sigma Chi General Fraternity as a chapter advisor for 18 years, and as an ongoing volunteer; Girls Inc. of Jefferson County as a Board Member and Past President; and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services in Columbus, Indiana, as a Board Member, Past President, and Chairman of the Development Committee. Kris was a past Board Member and member of the Resource Development Committee for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Finally, he was Founding Vice President of the board and a 10-year member of the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County. Professionally he was a member of CASE V and AFP.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and faithful member of First United Methodist Church where he served on various committees. He enjoyed playing golf, working in the yard, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Roxie; children, Sara (Matt) Canterbury of Columbus, Ohio and Nick (Abby) of Chicago, Illinois; two grandchildren, Zac and Mira; and a brother, Bren (Glenda) of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. July 19, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Rev. Howard Boles, Pastor Chris Lantz, Pastor Greg Pimlott and Pastor Gary Schaar officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Turning Point, First United Methodist Church of Columbus, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Hanover College.

You are invited to view his video tribute after 4 p.m. Friday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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