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Don Lindgren (1935 - 2012)

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Don Lindgren, 76, Suamico, left this world to meet his maker on Thursday, May 3, 2012. He was born on Dec. 3, 1935, on a small farm in the White Rapids/Amberg area. His family moved to Daggett, Mich., in 1948, where they continued farming. Don finished his schooling in Daggett, then moved to Chicago in 1953, for a tool & die apprenticeship at Ideal Tool while also attending classes for machine design in the evenings. In 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Rivard.

In 1961, Don moved his family from Chicago to Green Bay, where he was hired by Lindquist Machine as a tool & die maker. From there, he worked at Cleerman Machine Tool as a machine designer for seven years while at the same time starting his own part-time machining business. Don then worked at Diana Manufacturing for several years as a machine designer.

In 1972, Don started his own business, Viking Machine & Design Inc., in De Pere, where he enjoyed the rest of his years working hard, and watching his business grow. Don was honored by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce as the 1991 Small Business Person of the Year. Viking Machine & Design was also recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

Don was involved in numerous local groups including the Knights of Columbus, the American Cancer Society, the Elks Club, the NEW Purchasing Agents, Kiwanis International, and the Green Bay Yacht Club. He was also one of the original founders of the Green Bay VASA Swedish/American Club and the N.E. Wisconsin Concertina, Accordion and Button Box Club. Don could be seen riding in the local parades playing polkas for the crowds while standing in his Viking ship. He loved music and enjoyed sharing his accordion music at many of the nearby nursing homes for several years.

Don was a man from humble beginnings who loved his Swedish heritage and had a work ethic beyond compare. One of his favorite quotes was by Thomas Jefferson- "I admire a man who bites off more than he can chew, and then chews it." Don showed his love to his children by teaching them to be creative, willing to try difficult things and working hard to reach their dreams.

Survivors include his six children, Debbie Lindgren, Green Bay; Anita (Eric) Anderson, Lakewood; Dan (Nancy) Lindgren, Manitowoc; Don Lindgren, Chicago; Lynnette Lindgren, Ledgeview; Roy (Alice) Lindgren, Green Bay; his grandchildren, Andrew, Heather, Rachel, Jaci, Melanie, Jenna, Kevin, Christopher, Joel, Grace and Laurel; his great-grandchildren, Nick, Ethan, Lars, David and Teagan.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Signe Lindgren; a brother, Charles Lindgren; three sisters, Phyllis Schultz, Naomi Ochowski and Lois Jones.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Friends may also call at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 3370 Deerfield West, Suamico, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Gerald Prusakowski O.F.M. officiating. Burial will be in the Stephenson Township Cemetery in Stephenson, Mich. To send online condolences, please go to

A memorial fund has been established in Don's name.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 5, 2012
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