John  Windle
Dr. John Clifton Windle, age 93, of Joplin, MO, passed away September 26, 2019.
He was born November 20, 1925, in Joplin, to Frank Wm. and Vera L. (Faulkner) Windle.
Dr. Windle attended Joplin Junior College 1943-1944 and Westminister College, in Fulton, MO, 1944-1945. He served as a United States Navy corpsman until 1946. He then served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Nurmberg, Germany, and was promoted to Captain in 1950.
Dr. Windle graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1949, and married Joan Sweatt the same year. She preceded him in death in 2007.
He began his own dentistry practice in 1950 at 320 Frisco Building, in Joplin. He was a past member of the Missouri Dental Board and served on the board for eight years. He was a past member of the Central Regional Dental testing for 11 states and served on the board for 20 years. He was the co-founder of the Dental Hygiene School at MSSU. He was a member of the Southwest Dental Association for over 50 years, and past president of the Joplin Rotary Club, as well as serving as an elder at the 1st Presbyterian Church, of Joplin.
Dr. Windle married Barbara Louis Baker on December 9, 2008. She survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Diana S. Miller, of Taos, NM, and Pamela J. Staley, of Denver, CO; two stepdaughters, Rosana Brothers, Cheri Corner; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, whom he adored very much.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Joplin, with Rev. John Nipper officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Mt Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary Joplin.
Published on September 29, 2019


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Karen King
Sep 30, 2019
Dr. Windle used to walk up at the Y, and he would encourage my young client to keep up the good work! I was so inspired by how thoughtful, caring, cheerful and truly vibrant John was. He always brightened my day when I got to see him! The last time I saw him was a couple of weeks ago at the park. He pulled out dog treats to show me he had brought to share with the dogs being walked. I thought, “how can someone be so thoughtful?” I’ll miss him, but what an impression he has left on me.