Donald J. “Don” Lindeman, 77, of Delphos, died at 2:35 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
Don was born Dec. 4, 1935, in Lima, to Bertha (Pohlman) and Joseph E. Lindeman. On June 8, 1955, he married Lorene Hoehn, and she survives in Delphos.
Also surviving are three sons, Terry (Doris) Lindeman, of Delphos, Randy (Deb) Lindeman, of Ottoville, and Kevin (Lisa) Lindeman, of Ottoville; three daughters, Cindy (Jack) Bertling, of Delphos, Lisa (Adam) Williams, of Delphos, and Donna (Joe) Miller, of Ottoville; 15 grandchildren, Jennifer (Russ) Craig, Eric Lindeman, Ryan (Jessica) Lindeman, Cory (Jessica Jettinghoff) Bertling, Melissa (Andy) Nichols, Christina (Peter) Collins, Stephanie (Geoff Okumu) Lindeman, Annie Lindeman, Elizabeth Alt, Jessica Alt, Michelle (Adam) Kayser, Lynn (Matt Elwer) Lindeman, Brad Turnwald, Nathan Turnwald, and Rachel Turnwald; three step-grandchildren, Nathan Miller, Elisa Miller, and Joey Miller; three great-grandchildren, Jonathan Craig, Joshua Craig, and Elias Bertling; and one on the way; two sisters, Beatrice (Donald) Kaverman, of Delphos, and Louise (Tony) Warnecke, of Delphos; and two brothers, Roger (Lois) Lindeman, of Wapakoneta, and Richard (Diane) Lindeman, of Delphos.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Lindeman.
Don enjoyed listening to and watching DVDs of country music from the 50s, woodworking, making model train layouts, taking care of his lawn, planting trees, eating breakfast with his friends after Mass each morning, driving his Ford van, and feeding the birds. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
After graduating from Delphos St. John’s High School (Blue Jays), he worked as a mechanic for Martz and Wannemacher’s Motor Sales. He then worked at Raabe Ford as a parts, body shop and sales manager for most of his adult life and in 1981 he purchased the dealership and operated it until 1989. Don’s favorite saying was “Come back when you can stay longer” and “Who has more fun than people.”
Don was a member of the Delphos Chamber of Commerce, Delphos Knights of Columbus and St. John’s Catholic Church, Delphos.
A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos, with the Revs. Chris Bohnsack and John Stites officating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (on the corner of St. Rts. 634 and 224)
A scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Condolences may be expressed at lovefuneralhome.com.