IN MEMORIAM: Retired Steelworkers 3643 President David Tindall


Dorsey, IL – David Thomas Tindall, Sr., who served for 16 years as president of United Steelworkers Local 3643 in Alton, died peacefully July 18 at his home in Dorsey. He was 87.

Brother Tindall worked at Laclede Steel Company in Alton for 44 years, 16 of which while serving as president of Local 3643. He was a fierce negotiator, well-respected by his peers and community and championed desegregation in many areas of the company. An American flag was flown over the White House in recognition of his work as union president on Oct. 8, 1976.

Born Aug. 27, 1931 in Hartford, Ill., to David and Florence Tindall, Brother Tindall served in the U.S. Navy 1950-1954, was active on the Navy Wrestling Team, won the National Defense Service Ribbon and was recommended for a Good Conduct Medal. He married Janet Lenington in 1955.

A self-taught Bible scholar, Brother Tindall authored many religious essays. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, fishing, body building, farming, reading, writing and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, of Dorsey; their children and spouses Lynn and Arthur Jackson of Glen Carbon, Debra and Billy Tucker of Fate, Texas, David Tindall of Dorsey, and Kevin and Patty Tindall of Brighton; as well as seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters and his youngest son, Steven.

A private memorial service was held July 22 at Roselawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. Memorial contributions may be made to the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary in Alhambra; go online to


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