Funeral services for Elmer Earl Lindell, 92, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Cremation will follow, and private inurnment will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away June 13, 2014, at his home after fighting a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Elmer was born January 23, 1922, in Lone Star, Kansas, the son of August and Mattie (Lutz) Lindell. After graduating from Liberty Memorial High School in 1941, Elmer enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served at Leyte Island and Okinawa during World War II. Elmer received a bronze star for heroism on the invasion of Leyte Island and reached the rank of 1st Sergeant in the 321st Division of the Combat Engineers, attached to the 96th Infantry (Deadeyes) during his term of service.
Upon returning to Lawrence from his military service, Elmer worked for the Kansas Power & Light Company, where he met Bertha Jean (Bertie) Crabtree. They were married in Lawrence, Kansas, on April 30, 1948, and spent 60 years together. He was employed by the Kansas Color Press, where he was a press and maintenance worker until his retirement in 1988. Elmer was a devoted Studebaker fan and drove his prized 1950 tan Studebaker Truck for over 34 years to work. He has been a member of the Kaw Valley Studebaker club for over 35 years and was an avid bowler, bowling in several leagues over the years. Mr. Lindell was a long-time member of the American Legion, VFW, 40 & 8, Elks, and Eagles organizations. Elmer never knew a stranger and visits with him was always an adventure in history, especially if you were able to take a tour of his garage of nostalgia. His smile and humor were contagious and changed the atmosphere wherever he was.
Elmer was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertie, his parents, a brother Charles Lindell, and one sister, Ruby Hjaltalin. He is survived by his current wife, Hazel Rew, a daughter Connie Lindell Hackett (Tony), Baldwin City; and a son, Larry (Cindy) of Louisville, Kentucky; two sisters, Ann Ellis, Huntsville, Alabama & Martha Mason, Lincoln, California; two grandsons, Davis & Brian Lindell, Louisville, Kentucky; a step-daughter, Janet Enyart, St. Joseph, Missouri; a step-son, Dan Rew, Lawrence; one step-grandson; four step-granddaughters; nine step-great-grandchildren; and his many beloved nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 8am to 8 pm Monday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 to 8:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in his name to the Dorsey-Liberty American Legion Post #14 or the Visiting Nurses Hospice of Douglas County, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.
Messages & Condolences
So sorry to hear of Larry passing.
Larry, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and
your family. May God bless you during this difficult time.
We worked with Elmer for nine years preparing for the annual Relay For Life event in Lawrence. Elmer, Gordon and I would put up the balloon arch and take it down. Elmer’s arch was a marvel to put together and I always loved that he used his Studebaker truck to haul the arch around. We enjoyed that he found Hazel after losing Bertie. He was a wonderful, giving man. He will be missed. Carolyn and Gordon
Connie, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Connie & families,
Praying for you & family at this time of sorrow,let his memories fill your heart and soul, and Let the Lord walk beside at this time. Your in our thoughts & prayers, deepest sympathy, Craig,Belinda & Trevor Rosine
Hazel n family. You are all in my thoughts n prayers. I saw Elmer just mowing his grass a week ago n thought “awesome”. He was truly a wonderful neighbor n will be so missed. My prayers and thoughts will be with all of you . Carol @ 2214 Learnard Ave.
Elmer was one of the first people we met when we came to Kansas 10 years ago. He always made new members of the Kaw Valley Chapter feel welcome. Later we became real good friends with him & Hazel. Always looked forward to dancing on Sunday nights. He will be greatly missed even though we are moving back to Iowa. He and Hazel made our stay in Kansas a good time.
Hazel, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
Elmer’s welcome and hand shake will certainly be missed at all Studebaker events for it was his “let’s do it” that made the Kaw Valley Studebaker Club a success.
Larry and Rachella Briggs
So sorry for your loss. He was a special man.
Larry, we are very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love ya
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