John “Jack” Lindenmeyer

18 August 1929 – 2 December 2013
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

John “Jack” Gross Lindenmeyer, 84, of Bedford, Iowa, beloved husband and best friend of Phyllis Carol Suffridge Lindenmeyer for 54 years, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Caroline “Carrie” Lindenmeyer of Terry, Montana; his sister Florence Lindenmeyer of Terry, Montana; his brother Howard Lindenmeyer of Glendale, California; his brother Robert Lindenmeyer of Terry, Montana; and his daughter, Linda Ann Bolton of Lake Tahoe, California.

Jack was born in Terry, Montana on August 18, 1929, where he lived most of his early life. As a child, he helped out on the family farm and loved to play basketball and football with his friends. His third grade teacher was especially hard on him, as he was taught by his sister that year. He rode his horse out on the farm, and was known to carry his 22 rifle with him everywhere he went to use for hunting rabbits and rattle snakes. Jack participated in multiple sports in high school and was a 1947 graduate of Terry High School.

After graduating from high school, Jack spent one year at Montana State University, before returning home to help on the family farm, when his dad became sick. After things stabilized at home, Jack joined the US Air Force, eventually reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, and it was there that he learned the trade that he would pursue as a career.

After being honorably discharged from the US Air Force, Jack moved to the Los Angeles area to live with his brother, Howard. It was there, in 1957, that he would meet and later marry the love of his life, Phyllis Suffridge. Jack and Phyllis married in 1959 and raised five children in the Southern California town of Anaheim.

In 1958, while attending the University of Southern California, Jack took a job in the Engineering Department at Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. He graduated from USC in January of 1960, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In December of 1960, he received a diploma from the Institute of Radio Engineers in New York City, New York.

While raising their five children, Jack was involved with numerous organizations, including the Barton Elementary Boosters, recognized as Man of the Year for his continued service; Pop Warner football boosters; Little League Baseball, with all three sons, coaching or managing a team each year; Bobby Sox Softball, with both daughters; high school sports boosters; Chamber Singer Boosters, serving as president; and the YMCA Indian Guides, with all three sons, serving as nation chief on two occasions – his was the eight foot teepee with wall-to-wall red shag carpeting.

Jack worked for Hughes Aircraft Company for 26 years, and retired in August of 1984 to start Lindenmeyer Electronics Incorporated, LEI, a company that he would run and maintain until his passing. Jack was an expert in the field of electromagnetic compatibility and interference, and worked in that field as a consultant, analyzing steel shield constructions through radio frequency testing.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, was an industry that was in its infant stages when Jack started consulting in 1984, which enabled him to be actively involved in the design and development of some of the industries early standards. His company was involved in testing about one hundred MRI shields across the USA each year, and was called upon frequently to find and fix problem areas at many other locations worldwide. One client stated that, “there will be no replacing Jack in this industry, as few people understand the radio frequency technology the way that he did. He will be sorely missed!” Another client once said, “A lot of people have jobs because of Jack’s work in the MRI field.”

Left to cherish Jack’s memories are his son, John Lindenmeyer of Baldwin City, Kansas; his daughter, Carrie Stephens of Chino Hills, California; his son William “Bill” Lindenmeyer of Brea, California; and his son Steven Lindenmeyer of La Habra, California. Additionally, eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren were “Papa Jack’s” pride and joy. Known for his quick wit and “dad-isms”, Jack brought joy and laughter to those around him.

Jack will be remembered for his humor, wit, and great love for his family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry, MT. In keeping with the wishes of Jack and Phyllis, arrangements are being made to have the couples remains buried in the Lindenmeyer family plot in the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry, MT. A potluck picnic will follow at Murn Park in Terry. The surviving Children are looking forward to one last trip to Montana. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.

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