Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Jack Lindenmeyer age 84 of Bedford, who passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, at Bedford Nursing & Rehab was held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation with the family greeting friends was one hour prior to services. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given in Jack's name. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
John “Jack” Gross Lindenmeyer, 84, of Bedford, Iowa, beloved husband and best friend of Phyllis Carol Suffridge for 54 years, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his sister Florence Lindenmeyer and his brothers, Howard Lindenmeyer, and Robert Lindenmeyer who tragically died in a drowning accident at age 2. Jack was also predeceased by his parents John and Caroline Lindenmeyer, and his daughter Linda Ann Bolton of Lake Tahoe, California.
Jack was born in Terry, Montana on August 18, 1929, where he lived most of his early life. As a child he helped out on the family farm and loved to play basketball and football with his friends. His third grade teacher was especially hard on him as he was taught by his sister that year. He road his horse out on the farm and was known to carry his 22 rifle with him every where he went to use for hunting rabbits and rattle snakes. Jack participated in multiple sports in high school and was a 1947 graduate of Terry High School.
After graduation from high school, Jack spent one year at Montana State University, before returning home to help on the family farm, when his dad became sick. After things stabilized at home, Jack joined the Air Force eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant and it was there that he learned the trade that he would pursue as a career.
After being honorably discharged form the Air Force, Jack moved to the Los Angeles area to live with his brother Howard. It was there, in 1957, that he would meet and later marry the love of his life, Phyllis Suffridge. Jack and Phyllis married in 1959 and raised five children in the Southern California town of Anaheim.
In 1958, while attending the University of Southern California, Jack took a job in the Engineering Department at Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. He graduated from USC in January of 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree and in December of 1960 received a diploma from the Institute of Radio Engineers in New York City, New York.
Jack worked for Hughes Aircraft Company for twenty-six years and retired in August of 1984, to start Lindenmeyer Electronics Incorporated, LEI, a company that he would run and maintain until his passing. Jack was a expert in the field of electromagnetic compatibility and interference and worked in that field as a consultant, analyzing steel shield constructions through radio frequency testing.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, was an industry that was in its infant stages when Jack started consulting in 1984, which enabled him to be actively involved in the design and development of some of the industry’s early standards. His company is involved in testing about one hundred MRI shields across the country each year and is called upon frequently to find and fix problem areas at many other locations, world wide. One client stated that, “there will be no replacing of Jack in this industry, as few people understand the radio frequency technology the way that he did. He will be sorely missed”
Left to cherish Jack’s memories are: his beloved wife, Phyllis Carol Lindenmeyer of Bedford, IA; one daughter, Carrie Maureen Stephens of Chino Hills, California; three sons, John David Lindenmeyer of Bedford, IA., William “Bill” Howard Lindenmeyer of Brea, CA., and Steven Paul Lindenmeyer of Brea, CA.; Additionally, Eighteen Grandchildren and eight Great Grandchildren were “Papa Jacks” pride and joy. Known for his quick wit and “dadisms”, Jack brought joy and laughter to those around him.
Jack will be remembered for his humor, wit and great love for his family.
Published Dec. 11, 2013