John C. Lindholm of Manhattan, Kan., died Nov. 10, 2020. John was born in Wichita on Nov. 3, 1923, to Nora Anne (Borror) and Ernest Cyril Lindholm. He attended Cheney High School, graduating in 1941, before attending Kansas State University, where he graduated in 1949 with dual degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration.
On June 8, 1947, he married the love of his life, Mildred Ruth Socolofsky, at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. Together they had four children: Martha (Michael) Milleson of Leavenworth, Susan (John) Harrington of Leavenworth, John (Debra) Lindholm of Houston, Texas, and Barbara (Randall) Angell of Bothell, Wash.
John belonged to the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men, Peacemakers Sunday School Class, Old Geezers and other committees, and served as chairman of the finance committee and chairman of the board of trustees.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, becoming a B-17 pilot. He and his crew flew 17 bombing missions with the 457th Bomb Group out of Glatton, England, from February to April 1945, then several observational flights and two flights to repatriate French POWs from Austria. He received medals during his service including the European Theater of Operation, Bronze Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was released from active duty in October 1945 but remained in the Air Force active reserves until May of 1972.
After graduation, he worked for General Electric and Midwest Research Institute before starting graduate studies. He taught while completing his MSME at Kansas University, and then while earning his Ph.D. at Purdue University. He joined the KSU faculty as a professor of mechanical engineering and later as head of the engineering technology department. He was active in the Society of Experimental Mechanics, American Society Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineering serving two terms as regional vice president, and was faculty advisor to the KSU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. He, along with his family, spent two years with a team of engineering professors to help establish an engineering program at the University of Assiut, Assiut, Egypt. He had Fulbright Fellowships to The University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands and University of Assiut, Egypt.
Giving back to the community was important to John. In addition to his church activities, John was a member of the American Legion and volunteered with the Kansas Boys State Program for 20 years, sharing his World War II experiences and memorabilia. He volunteered for many other programs over the years, among them the AARP Income Tax Prep Program, the Home Care and Hospice Vet to Vet Program and the Kansas 2A State Basketball Tournament. He was recently honored by RSVP as one of their oldest volunteers.
He was preceded in death by his wife. In addition to the four children, he is survived by brothers, Leonard Lindholm of Mulvane, Charley (June) Lindholm of Ada, Okla., and Norman Lindholm of Willard, Ohio; sisters, Elenore Claribel “Lindy” Hurd of Alamogordo, N.M., and Beverly Anne (Virgil) Severns of Fairbanks, Alaska; many nephews and nieces; four grandchildren, Adam (Thao) Harrington of Glastonbury, Conn., John Michael (Erin) Ludwig of Wichita, Valerye Milleson of Fairfax, Va., and Caryn (David) Smith of Shawnee, Kan.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 16, at the United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m.. A reception will follow.
Interment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Riley, at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation, Manhattan.