Dean W. Linde
November 19, 1932 – January 6, 2019
Dean W. Linde went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of January 6, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer – he was 86 years old.
A service honoring his life will be held at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson on February 9, 2019 at 11:00 am. A lunch will be hosted by the Ladies Circle at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson immediately after the service.
Dean was born at the family farm outside of Lake Mills on November 19, 1932 to Perry and Tillie (Dolen) Linde. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Iowa. He grew up in Lake Mills and graduated from school in 1950. On March 6, 1953 he married the love of his life, Mavis Stenberg and they took up residence in Thompson. Dean enlisted in the United States Army (1953 – 1955) and was stationed stateside during the Korean War. He went on to work as Manager of the Thompson Elevator for many years, eventually relocating his family to Texas in 1976 where he turned himself into a great “car man”, making record sales and winning awards for Chrysler Dodge. He retired at age 63 but continued to work hard on acreage he purchased, and with the help of many a family member, cleared it and turned it into an amazing homestead complete with beautiful gardens, a catfish pond and dock that he was so proud of. Later, Dean and Mavis traveled the States sightseeing and having adventures in their RV and then moved their residence to Pinehurst, Texas.
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His greatest accomplishment was the fact that he was a devoted Christian, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He worked hard to provide for his family, he instilled his work ethic, his high values and his commitment to doing business with honesty and integrity in his family. He was known in his professional and personal circles as a man with high expectations, a big smile and a sunny disposition - he exemplified what being a husband, a father, a friend and a neighbor truly means.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert (Bob) Linde.
Dean is survived by his wife of 65 years Mavis whom he so gently cared for, daughters Debra (Bill) Underbakke of New Mexico, Kim (Chris) Leonard of South Dakota, Denise Ortega of Texas and Roxanne (Martin) Morin also of Texas, grandchildren Eric (Nikki) Etherington and daughter Camber; Alex Undebakke; Sara (Chris) Snyder and sons Owen and Caelan; Damian (Tia) Leonard and daughters Sophie and Penelope; Megan Leonard and daughter Alba; Emma Salsbury and daughters Genevieve and Ava; Nels (Dana) Leonard; Grady Leonard; Maddie Ortega; Shelby Morin. Dean is also survived by his beloved little sister Arlene Zielske whom he absolutely cherished. He was also especially fond of his dear cousins Blanch Mikkelson of Utah and Donald Dolen of Washington State.
Dean no doubt touched and inspired hundreds of people in a positive and meaningful way over the years. He will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him.