November 12, 2014

John Lindvig

John W.  Lindvig, 99, longtime McKenzie County farmer of Williston, N.D., died peacefully at his Williston residence on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
His funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at the Chapel in First Lutheran Church, Williston, N.D. Pastor Steve Anderson officiated and interment with military honors was held in Riverview Cemetery, Williston.
John was born on Aug. 27, 1915, in Conrete, N.D., the son of Henry and Sadie (Greenwood) Lindvig.  At an early age, John moved with his parents to homestead in Poe Township, McKenzie County, N.D.  John also filed for a homestead as a young man in Poe Township.  John attended rural schools, later graduating from Williston High School in 1933. While in high school, John was a charter member of the F.F.A. Chapter and also played violin in the Williston Concert Band. John farmed with his father on land lying along the Missouri River.  He was inducted in military service on Dec. 5, 1941, at Fort Snelling, Minn., and was sent to the west coast and joined in with a headquarters company of Coat Artillery Anti-Aircraft in April. He was later sent to Cook and Baker’s school and given a rating of Sergeant Tec. as a cook. He served in this capacity until discharged on Dec. 29, 1945, and  John returned home to continue farming.
On June 3, 1947, John was united in marriage to Mabel Trehus at the Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, N.D. They lived on the Missouri River bottom where the Romes Ferry crossed the river to Williston. After the Garrison Diversion Project flooded their land, they relocated near John’s father place, which was also known as “Lindvig Village”. They continued to farm and later moved into Williston where he continued to live after the death of Mabel on April 22, 2009.
John was an active member of the Rossland Lutheran Church that sat on top of Indian Hill and later when moving into town, was a member of First Lutheran Church in Williston. He was also a member of the Williston Moose and Oddfellows Lodges.  John served as a director of the Farmers Union Lumber Company, was on the Weather Modification Board in McKenzie County and was a Poe Township Supervisor.  He played on the Indian Hills baseball team. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, hunting and playing his various musical instruments to entertain people.
He is survived by three sons; Lloyd (Colleen) Lindvig of Glasgow, Mont., Thomas (DorisAnn) Lindvig of Williston, N.D., and Donald Lindvig of Alexander, N.D.; three daughters; Marilyn (Roy Schmidt) Lindvig of Concord, Calif., Mavis (Dennis) Johnsrud of Epping, N.D., and Joan (Robert) Olson of Williston, N.D., 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings and a great-grandaughter, Kinley Ann Elletson .
A special thanks to John’s home caregivers, Sandy Maisel, Cindy Tollefson and Diane Horob.
Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.
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