Courtney Dolaine Lindell

  • "Courtney was a second brother to me & such a happy person..."
  • "So saddened to hear of your loss. He was a great person. He..."
    - Jerry and Marlene Bruland
  • "Dearest LaVerne, Yvonne, DuWayne, Lola and families: ..."
  • "My sympathy to the Lindell family for your loss. May you..."
  • "A lifelong friend and good husband, father, grandfather. I..."
    - Ted Van Dyk

Courtney Dolaine Lindell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the age of 85. Court was born July 7, 1933 near Vermillion, South Dakota, the third child of Charles Walter Lindell and Siri Constance Marie (Jonson) Lindell. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1951 and joined the US Marine Corps shortly thereafter. He served in the Korean War and came home to attend what is now Western Washington University in 1955. Courtney married LaVerne D. Stalberg on December 29, 1956, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellingham. They had two sons and a daughter. Courtney graduated from the University of Washington in 1960 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. The Lindells then moved to Hawaii so Court could take a job with C&H Sugar in Aiea. After five years in paradise, the Lindells returned to Bellingham, where Court began working at Georgia Pacific's pulp mill. He spent 30 years at GP, retiring in 1996. With time on his hands, Court became an active member of VFW Post 1585 in Bellingham. Courtney was a social animal, the life of the party, and a "man's man." He stayed in touch with his BHS Class of '51 and enjoyed telling war stories at the VFW. Court rose up from humble beginnings, served his country, and lived the American Dream. Courtney's grandson Miles may have said it best upon seeing him recently: "there goes a happy man." Court was preceded in death by his parents and his brother LaVeryl (1996), and survived by his sister Yvonne Steinmetz, of Lincoln, CA; and brother DuWayne (Lola) of Ferndale. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, LaVerne; his son Lance (Kim); his daughter Leilani Fortune (John); and his son Loren, all of Bellingham. He is also survived by granddaughter Courtney Fortune of Los Angeles, CA; and grandson Miles Fortune of Seattle, WA. A Celebration of Life will be held at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St., Bellingham, 98225, on Sunday, January 20 from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation or VFW Post 1585. Please share your thoughts and memories online at,
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 13, 2019