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Keith F. Lindgren

Keith F. Lindgren Keith Fredrick Lindgren, 83 years of age, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on June 14, 2019. Keith was born on November 8, 1935 in Holdrege, Nebraska, to Paige and Rowena (Jinings) Lindgren. He was the youngest of three children.

He graduated from Holdrege High School in 1953. Keith started working for his father delivering groceries when he was 14 years old. Keith started his career with the J.C. Penney company at age 16 as a janitor and stockroom boy marking in merchandise. He progressed from there to manage several stores. His first store to manage was in Marysville, Kansas. While he was there, he was presented with the President's Cup Award for the best run small store in the district. He continued to manage stores in Atchison, Kansas; Manhattan, Kansas; Indian Springs in Kansas City, Kansas; Myerland Plaza in Houston, Texas and Sharpstown in Houston, Texas. His favorite thing at J.C. Penney’s was spending time talking to his customers and working on the sales floor. He left the J.C. Penney company in 1987 due to ill health. He was very active in the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

After leaving the J.C. Penney company, he took up oil painting and painted numerous pictures that he shared with friends. He was also commissioned to render pen and ink drawing of many of the officer's quarters on Fort Riley. He also took up investing which he did for the next several years, before his health prevented him from continuing. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was very interested in genealogy, and spent many years tracing his ancestry.

Keith's fondest memories of his youth in Holdredge were of his years pitching for the American Legion baseball team. He spent many hours pitching to his Uncle Don, who came to see all of his baseball games. He was most proud of his no hitter, shut out game against the Kearney, Nebraska legion baseball team. He pitched sidearm, which was a very unusual technique, and he was very proud of that.

Keith married Donna Poppert on October 6, 1957, and they had 2 children, Kevin and Kathi.

Keith served in Company C, 195th Tank Battalion, 34th Infantry Division of the Nebraska National Guard in Holdrege, Nebraska from 1953 to 1959.

Keith was proceeded in death by his father, mother, brother Roger, brother-in-law Glenn Poppert, and brother-in-law, Don Lindstrom. He is survived by his wife Donna, son Kevin and his wife Stephanie, daughter Kathi and her husband Dave Teeter, his grandson Keith Teeter and his wife Jeanette, his grandson Drew Teeter and his wife Jane, his granddaughter Katherine Lindgren and his great-granddaughter Clara Teeter, his sister Barbara Lindstrom, Sister-in-law Beth Asche and her husband Wes; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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