Army Sergeant Matthew John Tindall, born February of 1988, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He attended Graettinger Community Schools and was a 2006 graduate of Graettinger High School.
Following high school, Matt joined the US Army. He served two overseas tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan where attained the rank of sergeant. Matt made many friends throughout his military career, and he loved the comradeship that he had with his fellow soldiers.
After his military service, Matt stayed active in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Matt was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golfing, fishing, hunting and taking trips to the Black Hills. He loved music, playing his guitar and playing “Spiderman” with his nephew, Wyatt. He was passionately competitive in everything he did in life.
Left to cherish his memory is his father, Jerry Tindall and step-mother Terry Murphy of Graettinger; mother, Paula Smith (Roger Erickson) of Spirit Lake; step-father, Ken Smith (Marsha Duhn) of Emmetsburg; maternal grandmother: Rowena Nelson of Clifton, Arizona; siblings: Nate Tindall, Tabby Murphy (David Torreson), Mike Murphy (Hailey Anderson), Bjay Smith (Michelle), Kierston and Rachel Duhn; two nephews: Wyatt Iwen and Garrett Smith; niece, Piper Torreson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
SGT Matthew Tindall lost his battle with PTSD, December 25, 2013. He was 25 years old.
My most sincere thoughts of sympathy to the family of this young man. This is such a tradgedy.
There is no excuse for this generous young man to have lacked any necessary support. Anyone with any sense of decency and gratitude knows that this is a shame. We are sad for him, for his family and for his friends. The rest of us should feel some amount of shame for not having done enough for him to get the support he more than deserved. RIP and heavy-hearted condolences.