Donald L. Lindemeier
Donald Louis Lindemeier, 83, passed away at home Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, surrounded by family. Don was born July, 25, 1931, in New Prague, Minn., to Louis and Mildred Lindemeier. Don, along with brothers Louis, Ron and LeRoy, grew up in Belle Plane, Minn. The family in 1949 moved to Oregon, where Don met his future wife, Frances (Frankie) Penrose. Don and Frankie married Nov. 3, 1951, in Independence, Ore., and in 1952 moved to Quincy, where they lived and raised their six children.
Don worked for and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation – Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. He was a master at inventing, building and fixing fun things for his kids, including monkey and parallel bars, swings, motorbikes and go carts, with bicycles being his specialty. Each child could choose their style and color and dad would put it together.
Each winter you would find him building a huge “ski hill” for all the kids in the Bureau Camp to play on. He loved rock and arrowhead hunting, but fishing was his passion and his garage his sanctuary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mildred; his brother, Louis; and his son, Dane. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frankie; his brothers, Ron (Char) and LeRoy (Marie); his children, Donna Rolen (Ron), David, Diana Smith (Leonard), Deana Gardner (Dennis Prchal) and Denette Lindemeier (Randy Lutz); his daughter in-law, Darla Lindemeier; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed by all. A special thank you to his phenomenal hospice caregivers and “friends,” Justin, BJ, Erica and Jen.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2014, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Quincy. Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.