Battalion Chief Chris A. Tindall
Christopher Allen Tindall was born on April 5, 1973 in Harrisonville, Missouri. He was raised in Belton by his mother Bonnie with three older sisters Lani, Reta, and Roxie. As a child, Chris was an affectionate ball of energy with a sweet personality who had a special concern for animals, other children, and the elderly. His stepfather, Eldon Maret, came into his life at a very young age, became his true father, and proceeded to teach Chris how to take things apart and put them back together.
As a young teen, Chris's dream was to become a military fighter pilot; his plans were disrupted in his junior year at Belton High School, when he grew an astounding six inches in one year. His height was too tall to be a pilot, so he changed his focus and eventually entered an EMT program.
In 1993, while playing soccer, Chris met Melia. Their love blossomed into marriage on June 14, 1997, and later resulted in the birth of Ryan in 1998 and Tyler in 2006. He truly loved to spend time with his wife and sons. He began to study martial arts for the sole purpose of learning, training, and bonding with his son Ryan. Chris did everything 100% and lived life to its fullest. Chris really was an amazing son and brother, a great husband and father, a great uncle and blessed son-in-law...a true family man.
His EMT classes led him into a career in firefighting and rescue. It became his callingand he loved every aspect of it. As his career progressed, he ascended to Battalion Chief with the South Metro Fire Protection District in Raymore, MO. In the course of his career, he developed yet another professional passion which led to becoming a search and rescue K9 handler for Missouri Search and Rescue K9 Unit, Kansas City Disaster Dogs, and Missouri Task Force One. He was insistent on doing the job, whatever the job may be, right every time, as a result was respected by his peers and valued by his friends.
Even in death, Chris continued in his mission to rescue others. As an organ donor, at least three people will potentially receive lifesaving organs and another 50 will benefit from other tisse donations.
Chris is survived by his wife, Melia; two sons, Ryan and Tyler; parents, Bonnie and Eldon Maret; sisters Lani Cammack, Reta Newman (Luke Newman), Roxie Wilburn (Frank Wilburn), Gina Ferguson (Michael Ferguson); brother, Tim Maret (Shannon Maret); and ten nieces and nephews.
Additionally, he is survived by his parent's in-law, John and Barbara Ellis and brother-in-law Richard Ellis. He will be truly missed by so many people.
April 5, 1973 - January 8, 2015