Lindau, Philip J. Age 70, of Minneapolis, passed away on April 25, 2006. Preceded in death by parents, Gottfrid & Stasia Lindau; bothers, James & John Lindau; and sister, Jean Harkness. Survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Nancy; son, Philip (Sharon) Lindau, Jr.; daughter, Karen (Johann) Peikert; grandsons, David & Ben Lindau and Luke, Grant, & Kyle Peikert; and brother, Paul (Joanne) Lindau. Phil was a graduate of Howard Lake High School & Gustavus Adolphus College. He proudly served in the US Navy. He retired from The Pillsbury Co. after 30 years, and was a founder & the Chairman of Commodity Specialists Company. He was a longtime, active member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church & past vice- president of Mt. Olivet Council. He was a committed supporter of Gustavus Adolphus College & past chairman of their Board of Trustees.Phil was a devoted husband, loving father & honest businessman. He reached out & touched the lives of all who came in contact with him, because they were affected by his enthusiasm & positive attitude. He was committed to the special "family" at Commodity Specialists Co. & honored by their loyalty. He cherished his devoted friends who shared so much laughter & support over the years. Most of all, Phil loved his family dearly. He was a pillar of support & encouragement, and never failed to express the joy he felt in simply being together. Though he was a humble man, he was full of pride over his children & grandchildren. Phil faced the challenge of 2 ½ years of cancer with strength, dignity & humor. He was a shining example to others on living life well & facing death with faith & hope. His last comment at the end of each day was, "This is a good day." His deep faith, compassion, energy & integrity were an inspiration to all who knew him & he will be missed more than words can say. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday (TODAY), April 28, 2:00 PM at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Mpls. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the church. Private family interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996
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