Obituary: Harold Schindler

Published: Saturday, Jan. 2 1999 12:00 a.m. MST

Harold Schindler, age 69, died Monday, December 28, 1998, of heart failure.

Born December 6, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, to Carolina Strickstrock and Moroni H. Schindler. Married Benita Nixdorf, January 20, 1956. They are the parents of three children.While still an infant, Harold moved to New York City, where he spent the first eleven years of his life. He moved with his family to Salt Lake City in 1940. Harold began a more than 50-year career with the Salt Lake Tribune in 1945, starting as a copy boy. He worked his way through the ranks becoming a police reporter, religion and TV columnist and editor of the Sunday Arts section and magazine. Early in his career he developed a passionate interest in and scholarly commitment to the study of Utah and Western history. His first book "Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God Son of Thunder", published in 1966, won the Award of Merit, for Outstanding Contribution to local history and is still considered the definitive work on this controversial nineteenth century figure. His most recently published work is a compilation of articles entitled "In Another Time", based on fascinating, little-known occurrences in Utah. For the 150th anniversary of the first arrival of the first Mormon pioneers, Harold wrote a series of articles chronicling in detail their day-to-day trek to Salt Lake Valley. He gleaned his information from a meticulous study of personal journals and other primary source material. On the day of his death, he worked tirelessly on his latest project, a book on the Utah War.

Harold is survived by his wife, Benita (Bonnie); daughter, Carolyn Silver and husband, Kirk; sons, Steven and Jeffrey; and brother, James Schindler. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 2, 1999 at 12 noon, in the Monument Park 8th Ward, 1794 So. Texas St. (2430 East). Friends may also call Friday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South, and at the Ward, one and a half hours prior to the service. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Utah State Historical Society, 300 So. Rio Grande, SLC 84101, or to a charity of your choice.

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