Philip J. Lindau

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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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

This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Dear Nancy;
We were stunned to hear of Phill's death. We had no idea that he was ill. I guess we've lost touch since moving to Florida. Pete has many fine memories of Phill at the Decathalon Club. We just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Love, Pete & Eileen La Salle

Nancy, I was saddened to read about Phil's passing. He was a wonderful man and I have always thought he was a terrific family man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.

My deepest sympathy to Nancy, PJ and Sharon, Karen and Johann, and all the grandchildren. Phil was a wonderful family friend for 50+ years and he will be missed.

Lindau Family, I only met Phil ( The old Man as he told me) One time , but I could see he was a honest Business Person and a man of God., It was a pleasure to be with him and I Know he is in a far better place than he left., May god bless his family, After all it will be a short seperation then you will be togeather again.

Phil was one of my favorite associates at Pillsbury.Our path rarely crossed in our early years because we worked in different divisions but in later years we often talked at off-site meetings. I felt fortunate when I got him as a roommate because I could be assured of a friendly and congenial time and we would talk long into the night about things of mutual interest. He was such a good listener and interested in other peoples opinions.A true gentleman. My deepest sympathy to Nancy And Family.

Kathy and I did not know Philip personally but knew him through the faith and life of his daughter Karen. His legacy of love and faith live on in her life. Praise God!

I have known Phil since he got out of the Navy. I have worked with him and for him during his and my 30 years at Pillsbury. He was an outstanding businessman, and honest perfect gentleman. His commitment to God and his family was unequaled. We will truly miss Phil.

My deepest condolences to Nancy, Phil and Karen. Mr. Lindau was one of the nicest Dads I grew up around. I ran into him a few years ago at the airport. I heard his unmistakable voice behind me and turned around and he flashed me his equally unmistakable smile. What a wonderful guy! My thoughts are with you all.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family. Phil will truly be missed by the many at CSC who have grown under his guidance and strong commitment to his employees.