Don Lindner(1931 - 2013)

RAPID CITY- Don F. Lindner, 82, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He was born February 25, 1931, in Watrtown, grew up in the Kranzburg area, graduated from Goodwin High School in 1949, South Dakota State College in 1954, and lived in Rapid City since 1959.

Don got his professional start in journalism by working for Al Neuharth and his SoDak Sports magazine in Sioux Falls. Neuharth later founded the nationally acclaimed USA Today publication.

When the South Dakota magazine folded, Don joined the Madison Daily Leader as the news editor. He began his sports editor career at the Watertown Public Opinion, and in 1959 moved the to the Rapid City Journal where he was the paper's sports editor for the next 37 years before retiring in 1996.

Don was named South Dakota Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association 11 times. The South Dakota High School Activities Association awarded him its Distinguished Service Award and he twice received the South Dakota Coaches Association Sportswriter of the Year Award, the only one to be twice honored.

He was a member of the South Dakota Sports, South Dakota Amateur Basketball, South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference and Rapid City Halls of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna in 2009, daughter Suzanne Louise, his parents, Agnes and Tom Lindner, and brothers, David Lindner and Ron Lindner.

Don is survived by son, Mark, Rapid City; daughter, Lisa Sweeney-Nicol, Rapid City; three grandchildren: Alyson Sweeney, Andrew Sweeney, and Chelsey Nicol; sister, Armella (Donald) Ries, Kranzburg; and many nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home with a Christian Wake Service & Rosary starting at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2013 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Rev. Janusz Korban presiding.

Interment with full military honors provided by the Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota Army National Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City.

His online guestbook is available to sign at

Published in The Argus Leader on May 17, 2013