“Matty served in the Kosovo campaign as well as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was from Graettinger, Iowa. He loved anything outdoors: hunting, fishing golf… He was completely obsessed with anything and everything Spiderman. He even had a Spidey tattoo! Matty obtained the rank of Sergeant with the Iowa Army National Guard. He was known for a million watt smile and bone crushing hugs. I sent a proud, ever smiling son to Afghanistan. That is not who came home. I called the VA (I too am a veteran) trying to get him an appointment around Thanksgiving 2013. They told me there was at least a 90 day wait. The following month, he left here Christmas Eve and telling me he loved me and would see me tomorrow. That was the last time I would see him alive. Christmas Day 2013, Matty completed suicide. Our hearts are still shattered.” Shared by his Mom, Terry.
Matthew John Tindall was born February 21, 1988 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Matt attended Graettinger Community Schools and was a 2006 graduate of Graettinger High School. Following high school, Matt joined the United States Army. He served two overseas tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan where he attained the rank of sergeant E-5. 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. He worked in several area manufacturing plants, and he was currently employed at Bobalee Hydraulics in Laurens, Iowa.
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. More than anything, Matt treasured spending time with family and friends.
On December 25, Matt entered into eternal rest.