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J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI

OBITUARY

Conrad Jeffrey Sindt

March 2, 1947February 11, 2020

Conrad Jeffrey Sindt, 72, of Albion Township, Michigan, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at home after a wood cutting accident. He was born in Davenport, Iowa. He married Margaret (Peggy) Meyer on June 11, 1971, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

Conrad was a 1965 graduate of St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 from Albion College, Albion, Michigan, with a major in Political Science. He received a Juris Doctor degree on January 18, 1976 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Conrad’s career began as a patrolman with the Albion Police Department, ultimately rising to the position of detective. After law school, he joined the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor. He became Chief Assistant Prosecutor and then ran for and was elected County Prosecutor in 1980. He held that office until 1990, when he ran for and was elected Circuit Court Judge. He served as judge until his retirement in 2015. During his time as judge, he served twice as Chief Judge, holding that position at his retirement.

He was involved in various organizations, including serving on the boards of Safe Place and Charitable Union, and was a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the Calhoun County Bar Association. Conrad especially enjoyed helping a bit with Albion College and with the Michigan Innocence Clinic at The University of Michigan.

Conrad loved animals and birdwatching and being outdoors, and was an avid horseman, showing for several years on the American Quarter Horse circuit. He loved trail riding and had several times taken horses out west to ride in the mountains. He was deeply interested in Native American cultures and took numerous trips to the southwest to hike, camp, and explore archaeological sites. He always enjoyed being with his dogs, who were his constant companions. He was an accomplished carpenter and with his wife, built their home, garage, and most of their barns. At one time, he was a private pilot. In retirement, he had learned blacksmithing and welding and enjoyed repairing equipment and building things, including several pieces of furniture. He also enjoyed doing maintenance of his home and property.

Conrad is survived by Peggy, his wife of nearly 49 years, his sisters Carol (Charles) Simonian of Columbus, Ohio, and Ann (Thomas) Goebel of Ashland, Virginia, sister-in-law Mary Sindt of Bettendorf, Iowa, numerous nephews and nieces, in-laws Philip and Gloria Meyer of Holland, Michigan, and their children and Douglas Meyer of New York, New York, and eight beloved horses and two cherished dogs. He was predeceased by his parents, Howard T. and Beatrice (Bauch) Sindt and his brother Robert Sindt.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 28, 2020 at 2:30PM at Goodrich Chapel of Albion College, 201 N. Ingham Street, Albion, Michigan 49224 with visitation starting one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Conrad J., '69 and Margaret Meyer, '73 Sindt Experiential Learning Endowment. Please send gifts made out to Albion College, in care of the Conrad Sindt Memorial, to Albion College, 611 East Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224. Please visit http://advance.albion.edu/sindt to make a gift online. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com ______________________________________________________________________________

Services

28 February

Visitation

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Goodrich Chapel

of Albion College

201 N. Ingham Street
Albion, Michigan 49224

28 February

Memorial Service

2:30 pm

Goodrich Chapel

of Albion College

201 N. Ingham Street
Albion, MIchigan 49224

Memories

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Mary Bush

February 22, 2020

Judge Sindt will always be remember by me. If it were not for him while I was working at Friend of the Court, I would not have had the opportunity to complete nursing school. He made that possible for me and went out of his way to do so. He was warm, kind, down to earth man and I will always have a place for him in my heart. God speed, Judge Sindt.

Mary Robertson

February 21, 2020

Sending sincere condolences to Peggy; we are so very sorry.

Marylou Belote

February 20, 2020

Bob and I wish to express our condolences to Margaret and Conrad's family. We were shocked and saddened by his untimely passing. We had the pleasure of working closely with Conrad when he was a Prosecutor and we were Detectives. He had an aura of strength and was unflappable. He never seemed to tire and encouraged us to make a case better. We recalled a morning after a long night during a lengthy and stressful investigation. Conrad walked into court, neat as a pin, bouncing with energy as he walked. What an encouragement for us-we had a fearless leader! Conrad left his mark on this world and his community.
With so much RESPECT! Bob and Marylou Belote

Stevie Frierson

February 20, 2020

Judge Conrad J. Sindt, when I was told about the accident the first thing I did was called his cell phone and hoping that this was a big mistake. I worked with my friend, brother/ stepdad for over 20 years. I love the talks we had, all the jokes we played on other judge’s and each other. I’m truly going to miss my friend. Peggy, I send my deepest sympathies. Stevie D. Frierson. Columbia, Tennessee

Bernadette Dunn

February 19, 2020

Dear Peggy,
This is Bernadette Suzanne Sinclair’s daughter.
My mother Suzanne had the honor to work side-by-side with Conrad in the Calhoun County courts as his secretary . Her level of respect, pride, enjoyment and friendship with Conrad was spoken so highly!
Since mom’s retirement a few years before Conrads. She greatly enjoyed meeting Peggy and Conrad for lunch or dinner to visit. Made her feel very special. Our entire family from Michigan, New Jersey and Florida had a sense of pride and pleasure of knowing Honorable Conrad Sindt! Fond memories of Suzanne’s granddaughters work visits with Judge Sindt. He always was very kind and educational if I may say.
Laying my mother Suzanne to rest this past September. I had very nice conversations with Conrad. Peggy very sorry our good lord took him too soon and sudden.
He will not be forgotten. I can hear Suzanne’s heavily words now, “Conrad, pull up a chair!” Him in his strong, professional voice, “Suzanne”
Peggy our entire family sends you our love and peace.

Theresa Fletcher

February 19, 2020

I served as a juror on one of Mr. Sindt's many cases for approximately a week. What a great judge and honorable man. Our deepest condolences for his wife and family.
Sincerely,
The Fletcher Family

Sally Walker

February 17, 2020

Dear Peggy and Sindt Family,
With such a sudden and immeasurable loss, please know that I will continue to hold you close in prayer. Love, Sally Walker

Chuck Walsh

February 17, 2020

I met Judge Sindt when I was appearing before him in court for the first time as a participant in the Calhoun County drug court. I was in trouble. I stated the facts and gave my opinion about my situation. He asked me some questions and I felt that he was listening to me. I stated more facts and opinions and he said "go with the deputy". I was not bitter about going to jail primarily because he HAD listened to me. Fast forward a few years and I was able to secure a position as a case manager in the same drug court. This is a job that I still have and if not for Judge Sindt and many others I would not be where I am today. For approximately six years we were colleagues. I continued to state the facts and give opinions but now it was about my clients and not about me. He continued to listen to me and would ask for my opinion. Sometimes he agreed with me and sometimes he did not. Such is life. He also listened to my clients. He was a man of principle and integrity. I will miss him.

Steve Prentice-Dunn

February 16, 2020

I met Conrad last October. We were part of a small group traveling on a week-long tour of backcountry archaeological sites in Utah. I was so impressed with Conrad's quiet demeanor, kindness, curiosity, and dry wit. He spoke at length of his love for his family, his home, and his animals. In that one week he made an lasting impact on me. I send my deepest sympathies.

Steve Prentice-Dunn
Chapel Hill, NC

Kathleen Mechem

February 16, 2020

Dear Peggy:. I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was a wonderful man, public servant and judge who will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kathleen Mechem

FROM THE FAMILY