There will be more fish available in the Kenai River this year.
Gary Lindhartsen passed away peacefully shortly after noon on Saturday, April 2, 2016, while at home with his daughter, Elizabeth. Gary would have been 76 on May 5.
Shortly after Gary’s birth in American Falls, ID, in May of 1940, the second son of Mary and Ogden Lindhartsen, the Lindhartsen family returned to their home in Nebraska where they stayed until Gary was five years old. They then returned to Southeastern Idaho, settling in Aberdeen where Gary would call home the majority of his life.
Gary attended school in Aberdeen from kindergarten through high school, graduating from Aberdeen High in 1957. Gary was always working, starting early moving pipe and helping on the family farm.
In 1961 he married Cheryl Vollmer. They operated a dairy farm with his father for three years in Aberdeen. During those years they had two daughters, Teresa and Elizabeth. In 1969 they moved to Warden, WA, where Gary worked for Western Farmers. While living in Warden they welcomed their third daughter, Michelle. In 1972 the family moved to Richland, WA, where Gary served as the Production Manager and oversaw the successful construction of the Lamb Weston plant in Richland. Gary and Cheryl divorced in 1975 and Gary returned to Aberdeen.
When Gary returned to Aberdeen he went to work for his step-father Wilson Nowles. This was the beginning of his career as an electrician. Gary apprenticed under Wilson for two years before taking over the business, Valley Electric. Gary served as the “Electrician to the Farmers”. You could always find him going above and beyond to make sure that the local farmers always had electricity to tend to their fields.
Beginning in the late 70’s Gary began making yearly trips to Alaska. These trips began as two week ventures to catch as many fish as possible. He made many friends in the Last Frontier state, but the fish in the Kenai, Kasilof or Anchor rivers were not included. Over the years, his trips went from two weeks to nearly four months. Gary loved Alaska and shared that love with his daughters and grandchildren. They were all treated to trips to Alaska to spend time fishing with Grandpa.
Always an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing were the highlight of Gary’s life. He shared these times with his daughters, family, and friends. His family and friends were so fortunate to have elk, deer, goose, salmon, halibut, clams, and pheasant to put on their tables.
Proceeded in death by his parents Ogden Lindhartsen and Mary Lindhartsen Nowles, step-father Wilson Nowles, brother Larry Lindhartsen, sister Cindy Behrend and nieces Tammy and Pamela Lindhartsen.
Surviving family include Teresa Lindhartsen (Bob Clark), Elizabeth Lindhartsen, Michelle Lindhartsen and six grandchildren, Danielle Lindhartsen, Christopher Lindhartsen, Jacob Carlos, Taylor Clark, Caleb Harvey, and Kennedee Clark, and two great-grandsons, Alexander and Ethan. Brothers include Gregory Lindhartsen and John Lindhartsen and sisters Karen (Donald) Dempster, Kathy (Larry) Hunter and Mary Ellen (Ronald) Panik and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 635 S. 4th W, Aberdeen, ID 83210.
Memories, condolences and photos may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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