Thomas Lindley Obituary (2021) – Cedar Rapids, IA

THOMAS “TOM” JOHN LINDLEY Cedar Rapids Thomas “Tom” John Lindley, 58, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Services: Thursday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Meeting of God by Rev. Rick Gail. A visit will be held on Wednesday, July 21 from 4-7pm at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home and after 9:30am on Thursdays at the church. Tom was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on August 21, 1962, to John and Julia Lindley. He attended Kennedy High School and graduated with the Class of 1981. He then attended PHCC Eastern Iowa, graduating top of his class for his apprenticeship. After graduation, Tom continued to work for Best Plumbing. He had also been employed through Iowa Glass and Merta Concrete. Later he obtained his masters and journeyman license. Tom also ran his own company, TJ Lindley Construction, for 20 years. On August 10, 1985, Tom married his wife, Teresa Lindley (Warthen). Tom had a passion for everything that had to do with construction and plumbing. He was the first person anyone would call if something went wrong or needed an extra hand. If you knew Tom, you knew he never just sat there. Tom always liked to be busy and was always busy with something. When Tom was not working, he would have loved to hunt and fish, although as the years went by he had never had much free time to enjoy it. However, when Tom is not at work, he spends time with his family and enjoys an ice cold Budweiser or Corona. Most recently, on March 28, 2021, Tom was promoted to first-time grandfather, followed by a second grandchild on March 29, 2021. Tom’s greatest joy was those little ones, Kennedi Rose Lindley, daughter of Nate and Crystal Lindley, and Kayne River Lindley, son of Jaydon Lindley. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Lindley (Warthen) of Cedar Rapids; son, Nathan (Crystal) Lindley and granddaughter, Kennedi of Anamosa; son, Thomas Lindley of Coralville; daughter, Jaydon Lindley of Cedar Rapids; and his childhood best friend/brother, Eldon (Sue) Zacek of North Carolina. Also his mother-in-law and father-in-law, David and Marie Waggoner, Cedar Rapids, and Steve and Shirley Warthen, Marshalltown; his sister-in-law, Rani (Vicente) Javier, Washington, Illinois; stepsisters and brothers, Dawn Jellison, Cedar Rapids, Donna (Dustin) Paulos, Marengo, Debbie Waggoner, Cedar Rapids, Doug Waggoner, Springville, Lisa Murty, Chelsea, Jerry Brown (Diana), Tama, Jesse (Val) Brown, Toledo, and Faith Field (Dave), LeGrand; several cousins; and nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Julia Lindley; his uncle, Thomas Long; and maternal and paternal grandparents. Leave a message for the family on the website www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be addressed to the family.

Published by The Gazette on July 20, 2021.

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