John Spindler, Age 89, passed away suddenly March 7, 2019 at his home in Owosso, Michigan. He was born July 13,1929 in Bad Axe Michigan, the son of August and Janette Spindler.
John graduated from Bad Axe High School (where his love of harness racing began); class of ’47. Received his BA from Western Michigan University. He served in Korea as a 1st Lt in the United States Army. He then went on to earn his Master Degree in Education at Michigan State in 1960. John was a member and Deacon of the First Congregational Church of Owosso as well as Kiwanis, Us Trotting Association, and Michigan Harness Horse Association. He was involved in Boy Scouts and was proud to be a Sheriff Deputy for the Shiawassee County Animal Control.
John Married Joan (Shoemaker) Spindler on February, 26, 1955 in Bad Axe, Michigan. He was a teacher at Owosso High, referee and coach for various sports prior to becoming principal of Bryant Elementary School for 30 years where he was a mentor to teachers and students alike.
He bred and trained many Champion trotters and pacers for competing at Michigan County fairs,winning many of the blue and gold classes, and Para mutuel racetracks. John wintered and trained his homebreds at Pompano Park with the Michael Deters Stable for many years earning the nickname “Owosso Flash” who is also a pacer named after John and still racing. Summer Class held Pompano Parks track record for aged pacers ,1:531, and winnings of $211,600
Two of his daughters, Janet and Jeri, followed his love for the sport having their own racing stables for a time. John is survived and will be missed by his wife Joan of 64 years; Children John C Spindller and Janet (Elissa Pryor) Spindler; grandchildren Cameron, Samuel and Natalie Gouloose; and many other loving friends and family.
He was predeceased by daughters Jeri and Jennifer (Gouloose)