News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 20, 2013

Bernard Grindle


TERRE HAUTE — Bernard Grindle, 86, of Terre Haute, passed away Aug. 6, 2013, in Union Hospital. He was born March 24, 1927, to Otto and Mable Grindle.

Survivors include his wife, Connie; daughters, Lizabeth Fuller and husband James of Beaverton, Ore., and Sara Padilla of Seattle; stepdaughter, April May of West Terre Haute; grandchildren, James Fuller Jr. of Beaverton, Sofia Padilla of Seattle, and Kate Pierson and husband Justin of Spokane, Wash.; two great-grandchildren of Spokane; two sisters, Mae Ferres of Terre Haute, and Phyllis Clark of Kingston, Tenn.; three brothers, Charles Grindle and wife Jean, Terry Grindle and companion Melinda Blair, all of Terre Haute, and Mick Grindle and wife Sandra of Rosedale; and the mother of his daughters, Gwenda Kelly of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one stepgrandson, Joseph May.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was stationed in Guam. After serving his country, he attended Willamette University and received a degree in engineering. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He spent his adult life  living on the West Coast, then returned to his roots in Terre Haute.

In honor of his wishes he was cremated and his ashes were returned to his family on the West Coast.