Jose Luis Lindner

COLUMBIA — A memorial service for Jose Luis Lindner will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at the Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.

Mr. Lindner died of heart disease on Sept. 13 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Mr. Lindner was known as a longtime civic leader, a great friend to many in the community and a pioneer in Boone County shopping center development.

Mr. Lindner was born the son of Luis and Ondina Lindner, on Jan. 8, 1948 in Havana, Cuba. He came to the United States at the age of 12 when his family fled Cuba after Fidel Castro overthrew the government.

Mr. Lindner graduated from Hickman High School in 1966, and then from the University of Missouri in 1970 with an accounting degree.

He worked in Houston, Texas, before returning to Columbia in 1972 to start his own accounting firm. In 1977, he founded what is now Forum Development Group. He later brought his two sons, Scott Lindner, 32, and Jay Lindner, 30, into the business as partners.

Mr. Lindner served as a member of the board of directors of the former Boone National Savings & Loan for many years, and played a key role in its acquisition by the Edward Jones Co.

Mr. Lindner held many important leadership positions in the business community.

In addition to serving as chair of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Lindner held positions as co-chair of the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign, chair of the Chamber’s Budget and Finance Committee and Chamber Ambassador Chair.

Mr. Lindner also held the distinctions of being a founding member of the Central Missouri Development Council, president of the Country Club of Missouri, member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and AICPA, co-chair of the Missouri Balloon Corp. and president of the Columbia Jaycees.

Mr. Lindner was granted numerous special appointments by various mayors of Columbia. In 2007, he was honored as recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year award.

In 1970, Mr. Lindner married Kay Murray of Columbia, mother of sons Scott and Jay. They were married for 23 years. In 2003, he married Barbie Weaver Whitt. The couple divorced in 2010.

Mr. Lindner was an avid fan of University of Missouri sports. He also enjoyed boating at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Survivors include sons Scott Lindner and Jay Lindner; sister Maria Mendenhall of Columbia; nieces Mindy Greenlee, Cindy Mendenhall and Christy Mendenhall; and stepchildren Lindsay Whitt and Jacob Whitt. His parents died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the Jose L. Lindner Scholarship Fund, care of the Fair Missouri Foundation, 300 S. Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

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