Harvey G. Lindstrom, of Pine City, passed away on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, at home surrounded by family. He was 75 years old.
Harv was born on August 22nd, 1942, at the Rush City Hospital, to Paul and Emma (Boeck) Lindstrom. He was the oldest of five sons and attended elementary school in Rush City and then Rock Creek. He attended, then graduated from, Pine City High School in 1960 and attended one year of college at St. Cloud State University.
He met JoAnn McDonald at Moulton’s Rollerdrome in Rush City; they later married on May 11th, 1963. Early on, his passion for service and community began by him being a 4-H leader, a firefighter for the Pine City Fire Department, a Sno-Blazer, and a founding member of the Pine City Jaycees. Harv and JoAnn’s first daughter, Kris, was born early in 1966. Two other daughters followed—Lara in 1968 and Karin in 1970—and Harv planned on all three being named John Paul. Although he did not have any boys, Harv was happily involved in the girls’ lives and was particularly pleased to know he instilled in the girls the value of serving others.
While he and JoAnn raised the girls, Harv continued to be in service to others through his work as an EMT, Explorer Post 188 Canoe Adviser, member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (ORLC) Council, Relay for Life organizer, and key promoter and builder for Habitat for Humanity for four builds.
After retirement and until just weeks before his death, Harv continued to show his servant’s heart volunteering as a grunt worker for Toys for Tots; board member and set maker for the Heritage Players; set maker for Pine City High School musicals and plays; deliverer for Meals on Wheels; builder for the Pine City Elementary Dragonwood, ORLC pre-school, and Beroun playgrounds, and the Pine City hockey arena; and past-President, trail groomer, youth snowmobile safety trainer, grant writer, and more for the Hinckley/Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club. Two of his most proud accomplishments for the Flames were designing Heidi’s Shelter and Harv’s Bridge. With a lifetime of serving others, Harv felt very honored to be Pine City’s 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Harv was always involved with the building trades, beginning with his own construction business the 1970s and ending with his building official work for the City of Pine City and other local cities and townships. In order to serve others, in his last job, Harv worked tirelessly to maintain the Birchwood cemetery, repairing headstones and keeping headstones clear of grass and debris.
Although he gave lots of his time serving others, he always found time to enjoy his whole family, whether it was impromptu Pizza Pub dinners at the Clementson’s, snowmobile trips locally and up North, playing on beaches and scuba diving in Mexico, or playing volleyball or driving grandkids and great-grandkids in the Gator at home. A big fan of his daughter’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s sports, Harv attended countless track and cross country meets, and volleyball and hockey games. Harv was also active, playing church softball, tennis with JoAnn, and volleyball with “Rock Creek Rules.”
Harv is survived by wife JoAnn Lindstrom; children: Kris (Randy) Clementson, Lara (Snuffy) Smetana and Dr. Karin (Joel) Lindstrom Bremer all of Pine City; grandchildren: Jared (Bry) Clementson of Pine City, Jordan (Nikki) Clementson of Fargo, North Dakota, Brietta Clementson, Peyton and Maggie Jo Smetana all of Pine City; great-grandchildren: Weston, Annika and Miraya Clementson all of Pine City; brothers: Gordon (Virginia) Lindstrom of Renton, Washington, Gary (Donna) Lindstrom of Pine City, Virgil (Caroline) Lindstrom of Cambridge and Daryl (Lynn) Lindstrom of Rock Creek; mother-in-law Margaret McDonald of Pine City; brother-in-law Barry (Terry) White of Pine City; many cousins, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Emma Lindstrom; father-in-law Jack McDonald; sister-in-law Pam White; and niece Jaclyn White.
Pastor Fred Hanson will officiate at funeral services for Harv: 11 AM; Tuesday, January 2, 2018, with a time of visitation and reviewal from 4-8 PM on Monday, January 1, 2018, and also one hour prior to the service, all at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City. The Pine City Volunteer Fire Department will be honor guard. The interment will take place at a later date at Birchwood Cemetery in Pine City.
Memorials may be designated to Heritage Players in Pine City.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the:Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City ~ Swanson Chapel.