Paul Gordon Martindale

July 6, 1940 - February 17, 2024

Paul Gordon Martindale, passed away peacefully on Saturday February 17, 2024, surrounded by his family who loves him so. He was born on July 6, 1940 in Broadwater, NE.

His family later moved to the Sandhills, and then to Missouri, where they raised cattle. He was no stranger to hard work on the ranch, and would often tell stories of herding cattle and taking care of chores on horseback. This strong work ethic continued into his adult life, where he started his own excavating business, Martindale Trenching, a “ditchdigger” as he proudly called himself.

He married Sonne Curtiss in 1963, and they lovingly raised 3 children. After their separation, he met his companion of many years, Marilyn, who he was dedicated to until her death in 2022.

He had a sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor, and an easy-going personality with great compassion and love for others.

Gordon is survived by his 3 children: son Matt Martindale ( and wife Heidi), daughter Lynda Martindale Peterson, and daughter Valerie Humm (and husband Ira). He had 3 grandchildren, Bailey Neville (and husband Evan), Jordan Martindale and Brody Humm. He also had 2 great grandchildren, Coy and Cooper Neville. He had 3 sisters, Shannon Johnson, Mina Dishman, and CoCo Strawbridge. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Marjorie and Paul Martindale, and his companion Marilyn Neimeyer.

A Celebration of Gordon’s Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 23rd at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel, 3950 Hohensee Drive.

The family would like to thank the staff at High Plains Alzheimer’s Home for the care and love they extended.

Memorials may be given to the family for future designation.



Celebration of Life


Roper & Sons South Chapel

3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill)
Lincoln, NE 68516

(402) 261-5907

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February 20, 2024

In loving memory of Gordon, I remember the first time I met Gordon vividly. It was at the gas station where he stored his backhoe, I was dressed casually in a tank top with my hat on backwards and driving a jeep. I jumped out and said you must be Gordon, I’m dating your daughter. As a father of two girls myself, that probably was not a smart move considering the man owned a backhoe. I’m sure he was not impressed. His easygoing demeanor and genuine smile made an instant impression on me. Through the years, I came to know Gordon as someone who cherished life’s simple pleasures. He had a love for peppermint pies, indulging in their sweet, refreshing flavor whenever he could. And despite his skills for getting caught up in conversation and burning steaks on the grill, his enthusiasm for sharing meals with loved ones never wavered. But beyond his love for the simple joys of life, Gordon was also a pillar of support during times of need. After a terrible car accident, he extended a helping hand without hesitation, offering unwavering emotional support. His kindness and selflessness during that challenging time will forever be etched in my memory. Gordon’s presence brought warmth and laughter to every gathering. His kindness and generosity touched the lives of many, leaving behind cherished memories that will be forever treasured. As we gather to bid farewell to Gordon, please carry forward the lessons of love, laughter, and appreciation for life that he so beautifully embodied. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will absolutely continue to live on in our hearts. Rest in peace, Gordon. You will be deeply missed, but your memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all.

– Jason W. Klein
February 19, 2024

Gorden loved the holidays. Oh those elaborate Halloween decorations. Who can forget the red long john Christmas cards. The Yorkshire Court squirrels are missing tons of peanuts. The neighbors still remember the snow pyramid he built digging the court out of a major snow storm. RIP our friend.

– Dearell Niemeyer
February 19, 2024

Gordan and I spent a lot of time together digging footings, he was the best backhoe operator I ever met. He was a personal friend as well, had a great sense of humor. This world will miss him, The next world will welcome him. I’m sure.

– Bob Stephens
February 19, 2024

I rented a cute house on Myrtle from Marilyn and got to know both Marilyn and Gordon over the years. We enjoyed staying in touch and trading stories about our dogs. I was so very happy to know and love them both and Gordon was always so kind and helpful — a real treasure of a man.

– Mary Jane Winquest
February 19, 2024

Gordon was a very special man who was loved by all of our family. Marilyn & him had a very special love & always was willing to be there for all. They are both loved and will forever be loved by me & my family❤️ Marilyn’s baby sister, Phyl

– Phyllis Heidzig
February 19, 2024

Gordon was a very kind, gentle, fun friend! I know his children and loved ones will miss him, but will remember the good times and memories they shared. RIP Gordon.

– Edie Truax

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