John Henry Bindner was born Aug. 25, 1911, at the Morton Ranch near Le Mars, the son of John F. and Cecelia (Kosse) Bindner. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Le Mars until the family moved to a farm south of Marcus in 1926. John completed his high school education at Holy Name Catholic School, graduating in 1929. He continued his education at Kansas City where he attended aircraft mechanic school. He had the privilege of working on Jimmy Doolittle's plane. John contracted scarlet fever and was unable to complete all of his training.
John returned to the farm in the early 1930s but the drought forced him to seek other opportunities. He and his sister Leona moved to San Francisco, Calif. John worked at various occupations for a few years before moving back to the farm.
On Sept. 7, 1943, John and Elvira Loesche were united in marriage at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. They made their home on the family farm west of Marcus for many years.
At the age of 85, John "officially" retired. They lived in Remsen for two years before John became a resident at Heartland Care Center in Marcus Jan. 21, 2004.
He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus and was a longtime member of the Carmelite Guild.
John was tied to the land and loved to tinker in his machine shed. He loved good machinery and his automobiles. His favorite activity on the farm was to combine.
John enjoyed socializing with family and friends over a card game or dominoes.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Elvira of Marcus; his children, Patti Bindner of Denver, Colo., John "Jack" Bindner of Sioux City, Joyce (Jeff) Gordon of Champaign, Ill., and Joe (Angela) Bindner of Paton; grandchildren, Lisa Bindner, Sara Krier, J.J. Bindner, Ben Gordon, Nick Gordon, Jacob Bindner and Hannah Bindner; great-grandchildren Sidney, R.J. and Colt Krier; a sister, Gloria Welte of Sergeant Bluff; a brother, Charles (Darleen) Bindner of California; a sister-in-law, Marge Bindner of Le Mars; and a brother-in-law, Hubie Nothem of Remsen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Leona Henson and Bertha Nothem; brothers, Donald, George, Vernon and Leonard Bindner.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, with the Very Rev. Armand Bertrand officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Name Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Earnest -- Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. There will be a rosary service at 3 p.m. and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church prior to Mass.
Stories, memories and expression of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.