Donald J. “Don” Lindeman, 77, died at 2:35 p.m. April 1, 2013, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.
Don was born in Lima on Dec. 4,1935, to Joseph E. and Bertha Pohlman Lindeman. On June 8, 1955, he married Lorene Hoehn, and she survives in Delphos.
Also surviving are three sons, Terry (Doris) Lindeman, of Delphos, and Randy (Deb) Lindeman and Kevin (Lisa) Lindeman, both of Ottoville; three daughters, Cindy (Jack) Bertling and Lisa (Adam) Williams, both 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 stepgrandchildren, 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 and Louise (Tony) Warnecke, both of Delphos; two brothers, Roger (Lois) Lindeman, of Wapakoneta, and Richard (Diane) Lindeman, of Delphos.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Lindeman.
Don enjoyed listening to and watching DVDs of country music from the 1950s, 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, the Blue Jay’s, he worked as a mechanic for Martz & 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, Knights of Columbus Council 1362, Delphos, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos.
Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Father Chris Bohnsack and Father John Stites will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, on the corner of state Routes 634 and 224, where a Scripture service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Condolences may be expressed a lovefuneralhome.com.