Obituary for Lindon "Lindy" E. Saline

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Lindon E. Saline died Friday, November 24, 2017 at the age of 93.
Lindy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 16, 1924 in the house his father built after digging the entire basement out by hand after working a full day at the Ford plant. He was the youngest of Emil & Anna (Hinz) Saline’s four children. He married Jane (Sprenger) on October 14, 1950.
Lindy is survived by four children: Sandy Saline, Sue (Tim) Durtsche, Jeff Saline, and H.Bradley Saline; five grandchildren: Blake (Britta) Durtsche, Danny (Nancy Tovar) Durtsche, Matt (Mindy) Durtsche, Anna (Trevor) Sprague, and Logan Beaty-Saline; four great-grandchildren: Lily, Gavin, & Halle Durtsche and Evelyn Sprague; sister-in-law Anita Saline; nephews & nieces; and many precious friends; most especially Marna Jenson, Joe Heim, Rick Kyte, Kenny Kopp, Bob Coe, and his lifelong friend since early childhood, Stu Kvalheim. Lindy felt blessed and full of gratitude for the many friendships made during his youth, in church, in his career, in Rotary, at Viterbo University, and while volunteering. He was most appreciative of the care he received from Dr. Tom Grau and other healthcare professionals & support, most especially in this past year.
Lindy was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jane; his parents, Anna & Emil; his brother, Marv Saline; sisters, Myrt Kenjoski and Glad Wright; brothers-in-law Hal Sprenger, Vince Kenjoski, and Ted Wright; his sister-in-law Marie Sprenger; and his grandnephew Sean Weibel. Also predeceasing him in death were his mother-in-law and her sister, Helene Sprenger and Anne Brown, who lived with Lindy & Jane in Dresbach MN until their passing at the ages of 99 and 101 respectively.
Lindy was a devoted husband and father. He graduated from Edison High School in NE Minneapolis in January of 1942. Lindy served as an ensign in the Navy (R.T.3/C; AS (V-12) from 1942-1946. He earned his BSEE from Marquette University (1945) and his MSEE (1948) and PhD (1950) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lindy worked at Cutler Hammer as a Development Engineer (1946-1947), and instructor at UW-Madison (1947) before starting a 36 year career at General Electric Company in 1948. During his career with GE, the family lived in Schenectady NY, Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ, Bethesda MD, Fayetteville NY, Daytona Beach FL, Ormond Beach FL, Niskayuna NY, Rockville MD, and New Canaan CT. He got to make good use of his many personal strengths and return them as gifts to the world in promoting kind, thoughtful relationships and community, the dismantling of racist injustice, and supporting holistic health and thinking throughout his career.
Lindy’s efforts and work were recognized with many honors and awards throughout his life and he always felt humbled by the attention, acknowledging it was a privilege to serve or to have knowledge or skills that could be of value. He knew his skills and talents were a gift from God and felt an enormous obligation to use them wisely.
Upon his retirement in the spring of 1984, Lindy & Jane moved from Connecticut to Dresbach MN and immersed themselves in church & community; volunteering their resources, time, and treasure. Following a pilgrimage to Assisi Italy, Lindy said he thought of himself as a “Fransbyterian” since he attended a Presbyterian church but deeply valued his relationship with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Often, Lindy would comment how fortunate La Crosse was to have the motherhouse of these brilliant humble mission oriented women here.
Once settled in the La Crosse area, Lindy loved planning adventures with his “CNS Safari” friends and also enjoyed tennis, biking and serving on a variety of boards and committees. During the past 8 years, he cherished mealtime at Eagle Crest North with Kenny, Buzz, and Sporty, and in recent months being a part of the Eagle Crest South “Men at Ten” group with Bob Bendiksen. Lindy’s favorite ritual was his monthly very long lunch out with Joe Heim, discussing many & varied topics for hours. Rotary meetings were a wonderful way to stay involved as he aged and Lindy loved the noon Thursday meetings, always coming early so he could visit with fellow Rotarians and the meal servers who were so kind to him. He loved reading to learn and, in addition to having several books going, he regularly read the Wall Street Journal, Time, Scientific American, The Smithsonian, The Bible, and several professional journals.
There will be a time for visitation on Monday December 4th from 5 to 7 p.m. and also on Tuesday December 5th from noon preceding a 1 p.m. service celebrating Lindy’s life. Both will be at First Presbyterian Church, 233 West Ave South in La Crosse WI.
Memorials may be given to Viterbo University Ethics Project or Viterbo University Engineering Program, First Presbyterian Church, (La Crosse) Rotary Works Foundation, La Crosse Community Foundation, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Foundation (MCHS-FH), or the charity of your choice.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes is assisting the family with the arrangements. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at