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Dr. John E. Lindermuth

d. February 28, 2024

Pepperell

Dr. John E. Lindermuth

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Dr. John E. Lindermuth passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024. He spent his last moments exactly as he had hoped: enjoying the beautiful Pepperell farm where he achieved his dreams of raising a family, building a successful veterinary practice, and serving his community. John is preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Kenney), his mother, Mary, and his father, Elmer Jr.

John embodied the self-made man. He was an only child, born and raised in a poor coal mining village near Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and tragically lost his father to a mining accident when he was sixteen years old. “Jackie”—as he was known as a boy—boasted that he would win spending money by accepting dares to jump over a small stream affectionally known in his neighborhood as “the Sh[oo]t Creek”. He was just as proud to be an altar boy at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukranian Catholic Church as he was to be a celebrated athlete at Coal Township Regional High School, captaining the Purple Demons football and basketball teams. Upon graduating, John served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force and, after completing his duty, took advantage of the G.I. Bill to earn his doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University.

John met Mary in the summer of 1967. They married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas and soon thereafter John became “Dad.” A beloved father, John is survived by his six children—Kirsten (David) Pacaro of Townsend, Johanna (Robert) Gervais of Townsend, Cassie (Travis) Adams of Pepperell, John (Danielle) Lindermuth of Washington D.C., Joelle (Anthony) Doyle of Palos Heights, Illinois, and McAul (Erich) Parent of Clarendon, Vermont. Likewise, “Dockie” and his legendary antics will live on in the memories of his fifteen grandchildren: Madison, Makenna, Ciera, Macklyn, Samantha, Lindy, William, John Henry, Darragh, Annaleigh (a/k/a “Dockie’s Sidekick”), Nathan, Abigail, Callaghan, Wesley, and Fitzpatrick.

Dr. Lindermuth shared his uncommon gifts with his community. He practiced veterinary medicine in Texas, South Dakota, and New Hampshire, but his legacy will always be in Pepperell. He built Preventative Veterinary Medical Clinic next door to his family home, where he has tirelessly served his clients for more than forty years. He epitomized the “Country Doctor,” never turning away a furry friend in need, regardless of the time of day or the owner’s ability to pay. His work-life philosophy was simple: “design your life to not need a vacation from it.” Clients appreciated Dr. Lindermuth’s intelligence and skill, but they loved Dr. John’s compassion, generosity, devotion, humor, and willingness to give an impromptu tour of his property and the countless pets that called the Lindermuth Farm home. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer, somehow finding the time to coach, host drop-in clinics for local pet owners, support the Pepperell-Groton Rotary Club, bring meals to senior citizens, and serve as the Chief Trash Officer for the Columbus Day Soccer Tournament in Pepperell. And he loved children—so many of the Lindermuth kids’ friends have fond memories of piling into John’s silver and maroon van, and being seatbeltless-ly whisked away to Canobie Lake Park, the White Mountains, or some other road trip destination.

When Dad was not in the clinic or tending to his property, he was on the golf course. Gifted with surgeon’s hands, he was a skilled putter and—like all aspects of his life—he never stopped working on his game and experimenting with new ideas. He undoubtedly holds the record for most holes played at Townsend Ridge without bothering to check in with the starter.

Whether known as Dad, Dockie, Dr. Lindermuth, or just John, he will be lovingly remembered by his clients, his community, his dear friend Julie Wonkka, and—above all—his family.

Visiting hours will be held in the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St., (Rte. 113) Pepperell, MA on Monday, March 4th from 4 – 8 pm. John’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Parish worshiping at St. Joseph Church, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell, MA on Tuesday, March 5th at 10 am. Interment Association Cemetery, Pepperell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albert Harris Center, 37 Nashua Road, Pepperell, MA 01463.

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Visitation

Monday, March 4, 2024

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

McGaffigan Family Funeral Home

37 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

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Mass

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Grace Parish worshiping at St. Joseph's Church

28 Tarbell Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

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Interment

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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