John Patrick Tinley, 65, of Essex, Iowa passed away at his home with his beloved dog Elliott by his side, on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
John grew up in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1970. He graduated from Simpson College with a BA in History in 1975 and went on to pursue a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming and master's degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming. He was a substance abuse counselor and therapist in Lander, WY., and in Shenandoah.
The biggest joys of his life were his wife, Pam, his two daughters, Melissa and Emily, and his dog, Elliott. He had countless friends everywhere he went, and often made people smile and laugh. He loved telling stories, and talking about the good-old days of growing up in Shenandoah and of his college days at Simpson. He was a very sentimental man. He was a big Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed ribbing the Husker fans.
Proceeding John in death were his parents John and Louise Tinley of Shenandoah (Owners of The Shenandoah Evening Sentinel), and his wife Pam in 2012. Survivors include daughters Melissa Davidson of Boise, ID and Emily Cooper and husband Matt of Jackson, WY.; and his brother Phil Tinley of Laguna Woods, CA., and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the church. Memorials may be directed to People For Paws 809 W Valley; Shenandoah, IA 51601.
John had a great sense of humor and will be remembered by many. RIP and
our sincere condolences to Phil.
Suzan Z. Apaydin and Juan M. Soberanes V.
Always time for others. We've lost a good Democrat! My sympathy to his family.
2010 class of 1970 reunioin
Sorry for your loss, family. Even though I hadn't seen him since class of '70 graduation, he always seemed a nice guy. Know he will greatly missed by many friends & loved ones. Kathy Merryman Jacops
Under the Antler Arches in Jackson Hole!
From our kindergarten playground at old Forest Park school, on to Nishna Road school, Cub Scouts, the old 5th &6th grade building, junior high and both the old and new high schools, we were friends, allies, and occasionally co-conspirators. John, you were a major "Factor" in my life and now the tears will fall. Until we can laugh together again.. Bill JOhnson
I will always treasure the great memories that John "The Factor" and I built together; he was truly a larger-than-life character whose stories told so much about the man and the observations that he made about the world. From earliest days in middle school to the plans we made to get together t this year's Shenandoah reunion, John was always someone i looked forward to seeing. The ranks of our "Porch Crew Five" have now shrunk by one more, but the memories will live on forever. John, you are with us always and you will remain a huge part of my life's story - through thick and thin, our stories will always collide and I will hear your laughter at every turn.
Shocked to hear of John's passing. Very kind hearted person. RIP John. Prayers to his family & his dog Elliott. Class of 1970 will miss you. Patty Laire
My condolences to The Tinley Family as well as John's many friends.
Rest In Peace, John
So sorry to learn of John's passing. I have many memories of John and Phillip growing up on South Elm Street. My condolences to all the family.
John Tinley with John D at 2010 Simpson Reunion
John Tinley at 2010 Simpson Reunion
so sorry for all our loss of John, a special loving big-hearted man. Condolences to his famiily and dog.
John was such a kind, caring, funny, happy guy. I'm thankful for knowing and spending time with him. He will be remembered fondly by many.
Very sad news about John. He was a kind person that carried about others. I'm glad we had some good times together over the years. Thinking about you Phil. Ed May
i am so sorry John passed i am going to miss his visits to my home and the stories he would tell...you will be greatly missed
I met John when he brought his dog Elliott to our vet clinic; he was so much fun to visit with and he always took an interest in everybody around him, always asking about our own welfare even when he was so ill. He was one of the most caring persons I have ever met and always had something interesting to talk about. He will be greatly missed.
We are so sorry for John's passing. He was always so good to our family. We will miss his friendly and jovial personality. In sympathy, Pam & Marv Belknap & Wanda Book
I remember John from Simpson College, where we both went to school. He was a happy guy I remember. So sorry for the loss to the ones he leaves behind.
Oh how can i say goodbye to such a wonderful friend i met thru his brother Phil a open heart man i ever met had not really know him long enough until i met his folks and his brother Phil that how i know him so glad that he gone but will be sadly missed hope you be able to met my mom in heaven he and my mom were such good friends and maybe he will talk to my aunt marilyn kay parman too sadly miss you John Terry ann Fetz