Gary Lindell, 56, of Grand Chute, Wis., passed away peacefully on May 25, 2011 after a two year battle with lung cancer. No one could have tried harder.
He was born in Munich, Germany on Nov. 25, 1954 while his father served in the Air Force. After graduating from Cambridge High in Cambridge, Minn. he served in the USAF from 1973 until 1979 with a tour of duty in Guam. After being honorably discharged he attended Merced College in Merced, Calif. majoring in Business Administration from 1976 until 1978.
In 1980 he moved from California to Wisconsin with his first wife, Donna. Together they had three children; Justin M Lindell, St. Joseph, Mich. and granddaughter, Christina, Appleton, Wis.; Katrina M. Lindell, Neenah, Wis. and grandsons, Blake and Riley and Jacob M. Lindell, Appleton, Wis.
In 1991 he met his second wife, Kathleen (nee Moon/Kassube). They were married June 29, 1996. Through this union he is survived by a step-son Bryan J. (Adina) Kassube, and a step-grandson Tyler, Darboy.
Gary is also survived by his mother, Meriese Lindell, Braham, Minn., sisters, Janice (Dennis) O’Brien, Braham, Minn., Darlene (James) Eden, Minneapolis, sisters-in-law; Beverly Niec, Appleton, Wis., Judith (Bart) Ziewacz, Black Creek, brother-in-law, Jim (Diane) Moon, Neenah, Wis. Gary is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Let us not forget his three faithful Shih Tzu’s, Toby, Tia and Nicki whom he loved almost as much as his children and grandchildren.
Gary was employed up to the time of his death and for the past 13 ½ years at Fox Valley Technical College as an Electrical Instructor. He received his Master Electrician License in 1999. Gary was instrumental in developing FVTC’s one year Electricity Technical Diploma program. This program began in the fall 2005 to train students for entry level positions in the electrical and maintenance trades. The ultimate goal for students would be to continue their education by entering into Construction of Industrial Apprenticeship programs seeking journey worker status. Gary wore many hats in the developing of this program, from developing curriculum, marketing the program, creating partnerships with other programs and businesses to enhance student learning, forming a program advisory committee, classroom and on-line instruction and serving as a true mentor to all the students wishing to enter the electrical trades. The students also applied their skills to the Habitat for Humanity Program throughout the community. Prior to that he worked as an electrician in the paper industry. He will truly be missed by his FVTC family and students.
Gary most enjoyed his family and after his family he loved playing poker and golf. He also was a huge fan of anything Country Western. In 2009 he won a $25,000 entry fee and expense paid trip to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He loved meeting all the pros but unfortunately didn’t become one of them during this trip.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ellsworth F. Lindell.
It was Gary’s wishes to be cremated and have no services. Rejoice in my life and live each day to the fullest.
The Family wishes to thank Dr. William Guenther, Dr. Nathan Munson and the entire staff at Seikman Cancer and also the staff on the 7th floor Oncology Unit at AMC who took such wonderful and loving care of Gary. He will be so deeply missed by his family and friends.
Arrangements with Wichmann Funeral Home, Appleton, Wis.