Richard L. Lindenmayer, age 91 of Marengo, died Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Graveside Memorial Service: 3 P.M. Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Marengo Cemetery, with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Marengo American Legion Post 76 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Following the service, the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, January 2, 2015, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Richard Lorenz Lindenmayer was born on June 4, 1923 in Marengo, the son of Ernest and Lila Smith Lindenmayer. He graduated in May 1941 from Marengo High School and spent the next year working for his father at the Lindenmayer grocery store. Richard began work for the U.S. Post Office the following year, enlisting in the Navy on January 13, 1943.
He was sent to the Great Lakes Training Center and stationed aboard the USS Winooski AO38 becoming a Radioman III Class. He participated in the invasion of Sicily and southern France, and invasion of Okinawa. His ship traveled through the Philippine Islands fueling the fleet and after the Japanese surrendered, his crew fueled Japan’s ships so they could go home. He was discharged on January 28, 1946, which was three years and 15 days to the hour of his enlistment.
Richard married Bonita Fruendt in Lincoln Township near Victor, Iowa on October 20, 1946. He returned to work at the U.S. Post Office in Marengo and was a city carrier, transferring to a rural route, and retiring in 1979 after 37 ½ years of government service. During his retirement, he began woodturning and made many beautiful pieces for his family and friends. He also made wooden signs large and small for area businesses and churches. Richard was a member of the Quad City Woodturners, Corridor Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, the American Legion Post #76, and the V.F.W. For many years, Richard drove a school bus for the Iowa Valley Community School, transporting students to and from home, and for many activities. He was a lifelong resident of Marengo, until November 2010, when he moved to Highland Ridge in Williamsburg.
Richard is survived by three children: Suzanne (David) Riherd of Belle Plaine, IA, William (Skipper) Lindenmayer of LaSalle, CO, and June Lindenmayer of Steamboat Springs, CO; a granddaughter, Lisa (Trevor) Andersen of North Liberty; three grandsons, Darin Riherd of Belle Plaine, Brad Lindenmayer of Perkins, OK, and Brian Lindenmayer of Hauppauge, NY; four great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Lindenmayer of Marengo, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bonita, his parents, and a brother Fred Lindenmayer.