Leo Anselm Lindquist

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Leo Anselm Lindquist, MD, 87, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home with his four children at his side. A private interment will be held at a later date in Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Born Feb. 26, 1927 in Paavola, Houghton County, Mich., Leo was the son of Ida Kuopus and Carl Edward Lindquist who had emigrated from Finland. While in high school Leo's parents went to Detroit to work and he stayed with his second family, Ruth, Mary and Ernest Neva. Ruth's son, Bill Eilola and Leo were school mates and in Leo's words, "they were mutually chosen brothers."
Salutatorian of the 1945 graduating class of Hancock Central High School, Leo's principal, Sylvia Eskola inspired him to reach higher and grab his dream of becoming a physician. She later told him that she had many engineers, lawyers and teachers, but he was the only MD. Leo served in the United States Navy, 1945-1946; graduated from Michigan College of Mining and Technology, 1947; received a Bachelor of Science from Wayne University, 1949; and a Doctor of Medicine from University of Michigan, 1953. He did his medical internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, 1953-1954, residency in surgery at University of Michigan Hospital, 1954-1958.
He was a member of the Diplomate American Board of Surgery, Fellow of American College of Surgeons, 1959-2014 and Fellow of Frederick A. Coller Society, 1958-2014.
Dr. Lindquist practiced surgery in Marquette, Mich., 1958-1964 and in Redlands, Calif. 1964-1966. He served as Director of Surgical Education in San Joaquin County Hospital, Stockton, Calif. 1966-1971, practiced in Owosso, Mich. 1971-1972, Danville, Va. 1972-1973 and served as Director of Surgical Education at York Hospital, York, Pa. 1973-1975. He worked in his own private practice in Danville, Va. 1975-1994 and completed his surgical practice at Veterans Hospital in north Florida teaching surgery to residents 1994-2005, retiring at the age of 78. Through his practice as a surgeon, he touched many lives and was loved by his patients and their families.
In 2005, Dr. Lindquist made his home in Greenville, where he was an active member and Past President of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed flying, fishing, photography, story-telling and traveling and especially his loyal boxer dog, Tessie. He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eino Lindquist; sister, Ailie Lindquist Eko; half-brother, Carl Lindquist Jr.; and half-sister, Gerta Lindquist Wiitalo; his second family, Ruth and Ernest Neva and their son, Bill Eilola and daughter, Mary Kitchen. In 1987 he was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Townsend, whom he had married on August 4, 1956, Leo never remarried.
He is survived by his children, Leo Lindquist Jr. and wife, Diana Berry, of Richmond, Va., Amy Lindquist-Crider of Greenville, Karl J. Lindquist of Purdy, Va., and Kurt P. Lindquist and wife, Winnifred Gravely Lindquist of Danville, Va.; grandchildren, Samuel L. Crider, Nathan J. Crider, Dean Clay, Jr., Jonathan L. Lindquist, Nancy M. Lindquist and fiance, Nash Hall, and Kyle G. Lindquist; sister-in-law, Jeanne Eilola; niece, Barbara Eko Murphy; and nephew, Wayne Eko Jr. and special friend, Dr. Shirley Hale.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville, NC.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the compassionate care provided by the staff of Ascera Care Hospice and say a special "thank you" to Dr. Robert Dietrich and his nurse, Becky, for all they did in caring for Dr. Lindquist..
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greenville Golden Kiwanis Foundation, c/o Lennon Hooper, 721 Sir Hunter Drive, Greenville, NC 27858.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on July 17, 2014
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