John Henry Bindner was born on Aug. 25, 1911 at the Morton Ranch near Le Mars, to 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 1930's 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 September 7, 1943 John and Elvira Loesche were united in marriage at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, Iowa. 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 on 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 was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Leona Henson and Bertha Nothem; brothers, Donald, George, Vernon and Leonard Bindner.
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 Sgt. Bluff; a brother, Charles (Darleen) Bindner of Calif.; a sister-in-law, Marge Bindner of Le Mars; and a brother-in-law, Hubie Nothem of Remsen.