Obituary of LENNART NILS LINDSTROM
(Born January 1, 1928 Transitioned June 4, 2018)
Throughout his 90 years, Len remained proud of his Swedish Heritage. His parents, Oscar Nils and Evy Lindstrom, immigrated to the United States from Sweden. Len loved to share the story that he was born into notoriety by having the published distinction of being the first baby born on New Yearâ€™s Day within the city of Chicago, IL in 1928. He had two elder sisters, Helen Lindstrom Lewis and Ingalil Lindstrom Coakley, who were also born in America and preceded him in death.
Len was raised in Skokie, IL then Evanston, IL and graduated from Evanston High School in 1946. Following High School graduation, Len enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Occupied Japan as Military Police at the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo. After attending Lawrence College (Appleton, WI), Len established his professional career at Washington National Insurance Company where he retired as Assistant Corporate Secretary in 1985.
It was early in his career at Washington National Insurance Company when he met his wife of sixty-five years, Marjorie Ladendorf Lindstrom. Len is survived by his dedicated and loving wife Marjorie and their three lovely daughters: Susan Lindstrom LaChapelle (Leonard) of Westlake Village, California; Diane Lindstrom Kitchen (Rick) of New Port Richey, FL; and Kristin Lindstrom Milhousen (Eddie) of Schaumburg, IL. Len is also survived by his three Grandchildren: Phillip Ford, Laura Ford Mickler, and Kelly Milhousen; and his two Great Grandchildren: Drake and Aiden Mickler. Lenâ€™s Golden Retriever, Jake, also held a special place within his heart, long after Jakeâ€™s passing.
Len and Marjorie relocated to Port Richey, FL in 1986. Len took great joy in his recreational interests including golf, woodworking, Big Band and Light Classical Music as well as family travel adventures over the years. He also demonstrated his artistic talents with pencil sketches.
Len remains beloved by family and friends who witnessed his rare and genuine character as a gracious, honest and intelligent man of integrity with an infectious sense of humor and joyful Spirit.