A. Willis Lindemann, 99 years old, of Fargo, formerly of Sacramento, CA, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2023 at SMP Health – St Catherine North, in Fargo.
Arthur Willis Lindemann was born on April 13, 1924 at the family farm home in Pontiac township, Enderlin, ND. He was the youngest child of eleven born to his parents, Alvina Fraedrich and Robert Lindemann. He was baptized on May 25, 1924 at Pontiac Lutheran Church and was confirmed there on May 28, 1939. Willis attended Pontiac District #115 country school and graduated from Enderlin High School in 1941.
Willis attended NDAC for two semesters before enlisting in the Navy of March 1945 as a radio man during World War II. Upon World War II coming to an end, Willis was discharged in July of 1946. Willis then went back to NDAC to complete his education graduating in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. While in college, Willis was a member of Tau Delta Pi Honorary Engineering Society and Kappa Sigma Chi (now TKE) social fraternity. Willis was a runner up in an electronic design competition sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE) at Ann Harbor, MI.
After graduating from college in 1949, jobs were not plentiful, but he obtained a position with the Rauland Corporation (Zenith) in the Chicago area where he worked for two years as a Production Engineer in the manufacture of television picture tubes. His next position was with Honeywell Aeronautical Division in Minneapolis where he worked for five years with aircraft instruments. It’s here where he met Corrine Erickson and they were married on May 15, 1954. Three sons were born to this marriage. He took a position with the Electronics Division of General Motors in Milwaukee working with Missile Guidance Systems. After six years, he had an opportunity to rejoin Honeywell in St Petersburg, Florida and he moved his family to the Clearwater area in the Gulf Coast.
In 1977 he accepted a position as an engineering Group Leader with Dalmo Victor in Belmont, CA. It was here where he met his second wife, Peggy Baird from San Jose. They married in Sept of 1984. They retired in the Portland area and later returned to Sacramento, CA to be near their families living in the Bay area.
After Peggy’s death in November of 2004, Willis returned to North Dakota to be closer to his roots. One of the projects he instigated after his return was to build a replica of the church, Pontiac Lutheran, to be used as a maintenance building for the cemetery. His grandparents, Ferdinand and Julia Lindemann were founding members of this church.
Willis is survived by his two sons, David, Stockton, CA and Bradley, San Jose, CA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Alvina; son, James; wife, Peggy; brothers, Verner, Reuben, Maynard, Karl and Kenneth; sisters, Agnes, Esther, Alice, Leona and Doris.
Memorials are preferred to the Pontiac Cemetery, Enderlin, ND.
Funeral Service: Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., in Trinity Lutheran Church, Enderlin, ND.
Private Interment: Pontiac Cemetery, Enderlin, North Dakota.
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