William J. Lindemann, 83, Golden Valley, died surrounded by his family on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Sakakawea Medical Center Hospice Unit, Hazen. Bill was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, underwent massive surgery and recovered enough to spend ...
William J. Lindemann, 83, Golden Valley, died surrounded by his family on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Sakakawea Medical Center Hospice Unit, Hazen.
Bill was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, underwent massive surgery and recovered enough to spend several more months at home. The cancer returned and he had only a few more weeks to enjoy his family and friends.
Bill's funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at Golgotha Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, with the Rev. Richard Melchert officiating.
Burial is in the church cemetery.
Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Monday at Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah.
Bill was born on May 24, 1924, in Golden Valley. He was the oldest child of John and Lydia (Lowe) Lindemann. He attended a rural school and started high school, but his interest in things automotive led him to attend welding and auto repair school in Bismarck.
After completing the course, he returned to Golden Valley to start his own business. He continued here until the mid-50s, when the earth moving business caught his attention.
Starting with one Cat and scraper, he began doing soil conservation work. He acquired more machines and began building and rebuilding roads until he had rebuilt most of them in the county.
Looking for new dirt to move, he and his son, John, who was now also in the business, began reclaiming coal mine "spoil piles." The business grew until they employed over 100 men.
Finally, the time to retire came and the site of the Beulah shop became the site of Bill's "saddest day," when the business was auctioned off on June 14, 1995.
Bill was then able to get back to his first love, the Model T Ford. He completed rebuilding, from the wheels up, a 1924 Model T, which when finished, he drove to Lethbridge, Alberta. He said it ran like a top.
His next project was a 1926 Model T, in which he used parts from his dad's car.
Bill married Eleanore (Backfisch) on Aug. 18, 1950.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanore; children, John (Renee) Lindemann, Golden Valley, Carol (Randy) Eldridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Lori (Brian) Wangler, Bismarck, and Julie (Brenden) Brinkman, Golden Valley; eight grandchildren, Kandie Lindemann, Kathy (Gary) Fitterer, Nicole Lindemann, William Eldridge, Alexis and Clay Brinkman and Samuel and Benjamin Wangler; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Kyrah and Katrina Duttenhefer; his sisters, Leona Brecht, Golden Valley, and Hilda Backfish, Beulah; his sisters-in-law, Ruth Gulley, Florence Sasse, Ida Backfisch and Elenor Lindeman-Ganske; brother-in-law, Roland (Irene) Backfisch; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, William and Katherine Backfisch; his brother, Rudolf; brothers-in-law, Deen Brecht, George Gulley, Robert Backfisch and Elmer Sasse; nieces, Amy Klein and Bonnie Stern; and nephew, Alan Backfisch.
The family requests that any memorials be given to the American Cancer Society, Sakakawea Hospice of Hazen or to the giver's favorite charity.
(Seibel Funeral Home, Hazen)