Robert George Sindt

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Robert George Sindt

May 25, 1953 – October 19, 2021

 

Sixty-eight years, four months, and 24 days was not long enough for the gentle spirited Robert Sindt, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 19, 2021, in Overland Park, KS. 

He was born May 25, 1953, at Jenny Edmondson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa, the third of four children to George Timm and Willetta Alberta Howard Sindt. He grew up on an acreage just outside of Harlan. He loved drawing so much that he could always be found with a pencil and drawing pad throughout his youth. One year for Christmas all he wanted was a Jon Gnagy Art Book. Robert graduated from Harlan (Iowa) High School in 1971 and attended Northwest Missouri State College. 

Robert married Kathryn Ludlow on June 29, 1974, in Utah, 10 months after they met on a blind date arranged by Kathryn’s cousin, Nancy. They have three sons, Peter Charles Sindt, Leland Marion Sindt, and Timm Alan Sindt. When Robert and Kathryn got married, their nephew, Mike, was old enough to help Kathryn’s brother, Mel, decorate their car. Robert’s big brothers, Marion and John, pulled a prank on the couple by tucking the two flower girls, nieces Liane and Sherri, into the back seat of the car when it was time to leave. Robert and Kathryn lived in a small basement apartment in Salt Lake City before finding the home that they would start their family in.

Robert graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and Graphic Design, with a Secondary Teaching Certificate.  While he was studying at the UofU he worked at the Murray Green Sheet as a press operator, Salt Lake Costume Company, Salt Lake Blueprint and Supply, for the City of Sandy as a water pump operator. He delivered 250 to 300 newspapers a day for the Salt Lake Tribune, read water meters for Salt Lake City, dish washer, and parking lot attendant, usually holding down more than one job at a time.

He taught at Brockbank Junior School High in Magna, Utah, for 10 years, and he also taught computer applications in the Community Education System of the Granite School District in Salt Lake City. While in Utah, he worked for WordPerfect Corporation in Orem, where he was part of the design team for WordPerfect Presentations. He also developed sequences to automate the testing of WordPerfect software.

Robert moved his family across the country in 1989 and started work as an Academic Computing Specialist in the Academic Computing Technologies Group at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. He was the co-recipient of the 1993 IBM League of Innovation Innovator of the Year award for his work in multimedia design and authoring at JCCC. He received the Innovation of the Year award in 1995.  Robert co-authored “Understanding and Using Netscape Navigator Browsing and Web Authoring” and “Understanding and using WordPerfect 6.0. He wrote the software for a Public Speaking grading book. He was a loved Professor in the Game Development program that he and others created from the ground up. He served as a Computer Merit Badge counselor for the Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Robert took a year of sabbatical to volunteer with the United Way. He and Kathryn were also Volstars at the Performing Arts Center at JCCC. Together they were honored as Volstars of the year in 2017. 

Robert and Kathryn lived in Chichester, England, for a semester, where he taught computer classes to a group of foreign exchange students who were enrolled in an intense English language training. They welcomed all who came to their door. Jen Chu was their first exchange student, who stayed with them while she attended UMKC; There were many young minds after that:  Andreas and Felix from Germany; niece, Becky Hope, while she attended UMKC; nephew Stan Stubbs; Hide, from Japan; Rashid, from Dubai; and Kyric, from Hong Kong along with two to four model UN students would come from Xian each year who would stay for a week, and they also hosted other short stay students and teachers from China, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, and Croatia.

Robert cared for his step father, Daniel Leabo, and mother, Willetta Alberta Howard Sindt Leabo, for four and a half years before the couple passed away within a month of each other. Upon their passing, with encouragement  from Robert, he and his siblings created the Sindt-Leabo Nursing Scholarship endowment at JCCC.

A cruise to Alaska with Robert, Kathryn, Marion, and Sheryl, awakened Kathryn’s love for cruises. Soon they were on a trip to the Panama Canal, as well as a TransAtlantic trip that was immediately followed by a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea that ended up in Copenhagen and was followed by a bit of freestyle wandering in England. There were future plans for cruises to Australia, Japan, South America, and Antarctica.

They also traveled to Hong Kong for the wedding of one of their favorite sons from another mother and father, Kyric Liu, who, with his beautiful wife, Natalie, recently bestowed upon the couple the honor of “bonus grandparents” to the lovely Amelia Liu. After the wedding, they visited China for a month.

Robert was in a high school bowling league that won several tournaments. He loved photography and took pictures everywhere he went. Family knew to always put their best smile forward because they never knew when he would take a picture.

Robert is survived by his wife, Kathryn; sons, Peter (Jennifer), Leland (Melissa), and Timm (Rachelle); grandchildren, Nichole, Nelleke, Danielle, Elouise, Amelia, Charlie, Peter, Ingrid, Ella, John, Mitty, Carter, and Amelia Liu;  great grandson, Zeke, with another great grandchild on the way; brother, John (Elaine); sister, Julie (John) Bruderer; many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews; and numerous exchange students. He was preceded in death by his parents; step father, Dan Leabo; and brother, Marion.

Robert will be remembered by his grandchildren for many, many things: simple gifts; yogurt fruit pancakes; the tree house; the wooden go-kart; teaching them to drive the tractor; Crayola Cafe; taking them to college concerts and events; teaching them about photography, light, creativity, and capturing life; encouraging their interests in art; attending dance recitals, gymnastics, and all of the school events and fundraisers; always finding ways to take them to places they needed to go; first Saturdays at Home Depot to make monthly wood projects; teaching them to use a hammer and saw; the canoe; Saturday recycling; gardening.  

For being a bit of a hippie that blended in with a “This Old House” flair, dressed in plaid and flannel with a walrus mustache. 

For teaching them that The Beatles were the greatest band of all time; for never thinking that their questions were dumb or silly and giving patient answers with a quiet smile; for never thinking an idea was too crazy or elaborate; for teaching them to love the neighbors as family; for pies, au-gratin potatoes with ham, and cooking in general; museum and zoo trips; New Years Eve parties with the dvr box filled to the brim with episodes recorded from “The Twilight Zone” marathon; warm hugs; attempting to ride a skateboard and trying again when he fell off; being “Grandpa Grape”; “Big Bang” marathons; and for inventing the game “Gingerbread Girl and the ‘Bag’ Wolf,” which started with “Bag” Wolf chasing Gingerbread around in circles and ended in hysterical laughter and “Nom Nom kisses:” 

The family would like to thank Ron for being observant, caring and calm in chaos. The women and men of the Overland Park Paramedics, Fire and Police Departments for diligently working for a miracle at Kathryn’s behest. Michelle and Jim, who were right there to get Kathryn into the house and contacting the boys.

Service

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday November 6, 2021 10:00 AM at Mission Road Communities of Christ, 7842 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, KS 66208.

The Celebration of Life Service can be viewed via the following link. 
https://youtu.be/_-fa8nA6958

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions benefiting student scholarships to the Robert and Kathryn Sindt Family Scholarship, c/o JCCC Foundation, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210, or online at www.jccc.edu/donate.  Select “other” and note “Robert and Kathryn Sindt Family Scholarship.”
 
 

22 Comments

  1. Deanna & Dennis Ludlow on November 6, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Sindt family, your husband, father & grandfather & friend was superb at being all of these! What-more need I say. You are all blessed by him. We were blessed as extended family by him. Wherever he went & lived, he gave his best & was his best. Never one for accolades, he walked the savior’s peaceful, caring example in this life. What a treasure of memories you hold! Keep him close in your hearts.

  2. Pat Schroeder on November 1, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    What a great life story. Robert was a blessing to many. It was a pleasure to be a JCCC faculty colleague and a fellow VolStar.

  3. Jack Halligan on November 1, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Robert was a champion of generosity, calm, brilliance, versatility, and humility, a model for his family, his students, colleagues, children and adults. He died way too early but fortunately lived many years after his bypass surgery.

  4. John and Janell Engelhardt on November 1, 2021 at 7:21 am

    We are so sorry for the loss of Robert. He will be greatly missed as a VolStar. You have our sympathy.

  5. Delmont Hadley on November 1, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Robert was one of my favorite teachers at JCCC. Many times I felt like he was trying to save my life (perhaps from my own schoolboy ignorance and ways). He always knew how to keep his students & me entertained and interested. He had my greatest respect for having that profound ability. Later when I graduated from JCCC, he was present. Thanks for all you taught me, Robert! My sympathies…

    • Ann McElhenny on November 1, 2021 at 11:55 am

      I am so very sorry. I have enjoyed volunteering with both Robert and Kathryn as a Vol*Star at JCCC and am so saddened by the loss. Unfortunately I will be out of town for the Celebration of Life, but will lift you up in prayer. My sympathy to all of the family.

  6. Linda Ludlow Melville on October 31, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing! It was so unexpected and sudden! He was, and is, a good man who left a wonderful legacy of love, caring, and selfless service. The world is better because he was in it!

  7. Pam werner on October 30, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    So sorry to hear of this sudden passing of your wonderful Robert. Hope you can feel my loving arms around you. Prayers that you will have peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  8. Lois on October 30, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Robert was very kind and always so helpful wwhen I had a computer problem at JCCC. After reading aobut him now I I know exactly why he was this way.. He was born in Harlan, Iowa and so was my husband. Two kind, carirng, gentle men.
    God Bless his family

  9. Dana Elaine Carr on October 30, 2021 at 10:31 am

    This is the story of a life well-lived and a person who will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for this great loss.

  10. Sharon yandon on October 29, 2021 at 1:18 am

    A man that will definitely be missed, and gone too soon. I am glad to have met him from the Volstar group.

  11. maryjo Simmons on October 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He was a patient, unassuming man who just went about doing what needed to be doing. He worked with me on driving the go cart for VolStars for performances for a time. I really appreciated his direction and patience. I’m sure he will be sorely missed in several groups where he participated.

  12. Carolyn Pitts on October 28, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Sincere sympathy to Kathryn, children and grandchildren at your loss.

  13. Shirly Kleiner on October 28, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Robert was a good friend and colleague and I was blessed by his (and Kathryn’s) friendship! My favorite memory will always be that God chose me to be there with him on that JCCC trip to Austin so many years ago when he experienced some chest discomfort that led to bypass surgery. God had many more years to bless Robert and all of his family with, so he put a strong-willed friend with him that day and I would not let him ignore his symptoms! May God pull you all close to His loving heart and give you comfort and peace and beautiful memories ✝️

  14. Ila Utley on October 27, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    We are heart broken for t to he loss of a dear friend. We love you and will always remember his quite loving spirit. You are in my prayers. Sweet friend.

  15. Janie Epstei on October 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I count a pleasure and a privilege to have known Robert. E was one of the finest people I have ever known. Thoughtful, kind and humble. Always a pleasure to be with. He had so many talents and accomplishments but was always present for his family, students and friends.

    • Janie Epstein on October 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      I wish I could correct the errors in my comment. I pressed enter too soon.

  16. Anne Christine Sindt on October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    What a beautiful man. Our deepest sympathy from Christine Sindt, and family in Australia.

  17. Laura and Jim Crofutt (Hayton) on October 27, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    What a beautiful tribute that describes a very loving patient man. A man who would always take time to teach me anything that I had questions on then give me a little smile in a wink If I asked to many questions. May you all feel the presence of warmth around your shoulders as the angels wings are wrapped around you giving you comfort. May you feel that little tap on your shoulder and now that Robert is there encouraging you through each and every day and project. Love You

  18. Jane Sturdy on October 27, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my life that’s made me cry x It is a huge honour to have known you and to have had the enormous pleasure of your company in the UK and in the USA x Much love to my cousin Kathryn and Peter, Timm, Leland and all the family – you are all very much in my heart and mind xx

  19. Laure Guyot on October 27, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, he was such an amazing man. I didn’t know him for very long but I’m going to miss him very much. I was very sad to hear of his passing. I send you all my love and support from Belgium.
    Love,
    Laure

    • Anica Brown on October 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Dear Kathryn, my heart truly goes out to you during this timeand I’m so sorry for your loss.

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