Robert Louis Shindler ’50 was born in Milwaukie, Oregon, on Feb. 14, 1925, to Augusta (Senko) Shindler and Louis H. Shindler. He attended Central Catholic High, SCU (where he was valedictorian), and the University of Washington. Robert served as an Air Force navigator in the Pacific Arena during WWII, in the Korean War, and in the Reserves for 23 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Between the wars he came home to marry his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jean Baier, in 1948. They had a loving marriage for 71 years. Robert applied his economics education to transportation planning. He worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation from 1956 to 1967, then the Puget Sound Council of Governments from 1967 to 1987. His notable achievements included designing the concept and placement of the rest areas on Interstate 5 in Oregon. Robert was a loving and generous father and grandfather. He prioritized his family, which included daughter Stephanie Shindler ’93, and his Catholic faith. He and Dorothy were active members of St. Louise Parish for 50 years. On June 19, 2019, Robert passed away after a very long and eventful life. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; eight of their nine children; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

27 Aug 2019