Louis G. Zindel Jr., 71, a retired supply specialist with the office of the Army Quartermaster General and a past commander of the District Department of the American Legion, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Buxton, N.C.

In 1940, Mr. Zindel joined the Quartermaster General's office as a supply specialist. During World War II, he was a captain in the Quartermaster General's office. After the War, he remained with that office until his retirement from government service in 1969.

Mr. Zindel was born in St. Louis, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was elected commander of the District Department of the American Legion in 1955, after having served as vice commander and ways and means officer. He belonged to the Quentin Roosevelt Post II and served in the Legion's National Guard of Honor.

He was a former resident of Silver Spring and a member of the 40/8, Voiture No 174.

After moving to Buxton in 1970, he and his wife, Myra L., became owners of the Cape Sandbox Motel at Hatteras, N.C.

Besides his wife of the home, survivors include a son, Louis G. III, of Ammisnile, Va.; a daughter, Gae Ann, also of Buxton, and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Robert (Mitch) Anderson Memorial Fund, c/o Hatteras Village Civic Association, Hatteras,N.C. 17943.