Gus, was born in Portland, Ore. to parents Giovanni Dindia and Caterina (Giunta) Dindia. He attended St. Philip Neri Catholic grade school in southeast Portland and Columbia Prep High School in North Portland. Gus was attending the University of Portland when WWII broke out. Gus quit school and joined the Navy in 1943 at age 20. A crewman aboard a U.S. Navy landing craft, Flotilla 24, LCI 626, Gus served as Quartermaster First Class. He was an expert in navigation and served as navigator, helmsman, and signalman on a landing craft that transported infantry to and from beaches in the South Pacific. His convoy sustained 83 attacks and three typhoons. Gus was one of the last 167,284 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II who was still alive in 2022. After the war, Gus finished college at Oregon State University and became a teacher. He served 17 years in the classroom and 17 years as a principal for Portland Public Schools. Gus was devoted to his students, and he enjoyed coaching various sports teams throughout his teaching career. He’s been a member of Holy Family Catholic Church since 1952. Gus was devoted to God, and he served in St. Vincent de Paul for many years, delivering food and clothing to people living in poverty in the area.
Gus met and married Joan Rosalie Terrana in 1951. Together they raised four children and enjoyed an active social life including playing bridge and round and square dancing (they were long-time members of The Barn Owls). After retiring, they traveled extensively. Gus and Joan were married almost 66 years at the time of her death in 2017.
Gus was predeceased by his wife, Joan, and sisters, Rose Salvi and Marie Gatto, grandchildren Elizabeth and Katrina Martin. He is survived by his children, Kathryn Dindia, Carmie Dindia Adamcik, Terese Martin, and John Dindia. Grandpa Dindia will be dearly missed by 7 grandchildren (Laura Roth, Jennifer Levens, Maria Mitchell, Rachel Martin, Amanda Johnson, John Dindia, Katelyn Johnson) and 5 great-grandchildren (Andrew, Ryan & Kyle Roth, Shelby Levens, Dylan Stafford) who enjoyed his many life stories. Gus deeply loved his extended family and was devoted to them. Gus maintained strong connections with all his nieces and nephews during his lifetime. He was predeceased by his beloved nephews Beau Williams, Jerry Gatto, and Ray Salvi. Gus is survived by his nieces and nephews Rosalie Williams, Carol Gatto, Jean Salvi, and Roselle and Greg Soriano. Gus had close ties throughout his life to his in-laws and the extended Terrana family had a special place in his heart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on December 9, 2022, at eleven o’clock, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7525 S.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97202. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to Holy Family Catholic Parish and School https://parish.holyfamilyportland.org/giving or St Vincent de Paul https://ssvpusa.org/donate
Date: Friday, December 9, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Holy Family Catholic Church
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