Robert (Bob) McClure Lindholm, 82, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, after a seven year struggle with Alzheimer’s.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City on Saturday, April 21. The visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with an honorary military service to follow. A reception will be held following the service which will feature some of Bob’s favorite foods … cheeseburgers, french fries, chocolate milkshakes, and cookies.
Lindholm was raised in the St. Louis area, but also lived in Jefferson City, Lindsborg, Kan., and Overland Park, Kan.
He earned a degree in radio and television production from the University of Missouri-Columbia, served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp., and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri Law School.
Lindholm served 21 years as an assistant attorney general of Missouri from 1972-1993. His primary area of expertise was environmental law and he lived what he preached. In fact, his license plate read ‘SAVH2O’. His work included helping the state transform the abandoned MKT Railroad line into the state’s 200-mile Katy Trail State Park.
Jay Nixon, former attorney general and another outdoor and Katy Trail enthusiast, noted that the Attorney General’s office sponsored a bench along the trail in Lindholm’s honor upon his retirement.
Lindholm was well-known as an outdoor enthusiast and a photographer, especially of conservation images. His work is in private and public collections including those of Ansel Adams who once complimented him on his photography skills. He was happiest out in the woods taking photos. Bob was known for his kind and generous spirit and love of nature.
In 1986, the Sierra Club awarded Lindholm its Ansel Adams Award which honors superlative photography that has been used to further conservation causes.
In 2007, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, awarded Bob with their ‘Jade of Chiefs’ award, its top conservation award.
In April 2014, Lindholm and University of Missouri-Columbia anthropologist W. Ray Wood won the National Cowboy and National Heritage Museum’s Western Heritage Wrangler award for their collaboration on the University of Oklahoma Press 2013 book ‘Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time’.
He was an inspiration to many and as quoted by a dear friend, "I could never quite view a magnificent landscape in the same way again. I could never see clouds and streams the same without feeling Bob’s presence. He gifted me with humility, he helped me to listen and hear. When I was at rock bottom, he shared hope."
Left to honor Bob and remember his love are wife, Joyce Mrkvicka Lindholm of Overland Park, Kan.; daughters, Christina (Chris) Lindholm Oxford of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Lisa (Brad) Clark Heckey of Overland Park, Kan. and Kristin (Chris) Clark Gadsden of Columbia; and ten grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Hazel Lindholm; daughter, Melissa McClure Lindholm; and sister, Ann Krewinghaus.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy or the Katy Trail State Park.
Condolences may be made at www.mtmoriah.net.