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Eugene D. Jindra, 89, of Park Rapids, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Heritage Manor Living Center in Park Rapids.

He was born May 8, 1924 in Onamia to James and Gladys (Ablard) Jindra.

Gene served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II from 1942 until 1945.

He married Isabelle Klein in Onamia in 1952. For the next 30 years Gene had a career as a Minnesota State Trooper. He attended school for the state patrol in 1952 and began his tenure in Walker, followed by Brainerd and then as the first state trooper stationed in Park Rapids.

Gene worked as a Hubbard County deputy until retiring in 1990.

He loved hunting, fish-ing and trapping in younger years and sports of all varieties from youth to professional. He was fond of yellow roses and bagpipe music. Gene was so proud of his grandchildren's endeavors; their gifts for the arts and music, photography and drawing; their love of hockey and baseball.

Gene was a parishioner at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, Peace Officers, NRA, American Legion Post 212 and Star of the North Marine Detachment.

Following retirement Gene made three trips that fulfilled lifelong wishes, he attended the Goodwill Summer games in 1990 in Washington State; The Cheyenne Frontier Days and Rodeo in 1997; and he went halibut fishing in Alaska in 2003. He also attended the Frozen Four National Tournament in Washington, D.C., in 2009, at the encouragement of his friends Dave and Sandy. While there he visited the World War II Memorial.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle in 1988; parents; brothers, George and Ivan; and son, Dean, Aug. 23, 2013.

He is survived by sons, Kevin (Marie) Jindra of Elk River, Hugh Jindra of Park Rapids, Joel Jindra of Park Rapids; daughters, Mary (Dave) Lehrke of Park Rapids and Julie (Scott) Delaney of West Fargo, N.D.; grandsons, Derek, Tyler, Zach, Billy; grand-daughters, Allie, Bobbie, Roni, Patty; great-grandson Denver; sister, Mille; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Fri-day Sept. 13 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, also one hour prior to services at the church.

Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids.

Interment: St. Peter's Cemetery.

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