James Robert Lindell, age 83, of Excelsior, MN, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 24, 2023 at his home.
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, 11:00 AM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 23290 Highway 7, Excelsior, MN. The visitation was Friday, May 5, 2023, at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 West Third Street, Chaska, MN, and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casketbearers were Mike Lindell, Corey Lindell, Charlie Davis, Bill Milow, Don Moffat and Eric Jensen. Honorary casketbearer were Roshan Lindell. The burial was at Woodside Cemetery, Shorewood, MN.
James was born February 1, 1940 in Fairmont, MN, to Iver and Meta (Prust) Lindell, one of 6 children. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon, MN.
He graduated from Armstrong High School, Armstrong, IA and then went on to receive a bachelor degree major in business education and minor in speech at Mankato State University, Mankato, MN. He taught for 32 years in business education including 3 years at Starbuck High School, 3 years, 1971-1974 at St. Paul Tech and his last teaching position was at Hennepin County Vo-Tech in Eden Prairie, MN, where he taught for 26 years, 1974-2000.
He enjoyed fishing (ice and summer), fishing trips with family and friends, hunting, playing pool and cribbage, grilling, bowling, stock car racing and fixing things. He always enjoyed watching all of the wildlife that passed by his yard. He was a huge MN sports fan, especially the Vikings and Twins and also liked watching college football games. He loved history and enjoyed watching war movies, especially from World War I and World War II and all of the old westerns.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lyle and Lester Lindell.
Survivors include his children, Michael (Kendra) Lindell of MN, Robin (Brian) Schmieg of Victoria, Cindy (Bryan) Carlson of Montrose, Corey Lindell of Afton, Marcy Lindell of Chaska, Katey Lindell of Chaska; 13 grandchildren, Heather, Lizzy (Aaron), Charlie (Kat), Darren (Jessica), Sarah (Tony, Megan (Travis), Kellie, Kyle (Heidi), Cassie (Ryan), Ben, Emily, Zach (Emily) and Roshan; several great grandchildren; former spouse, Jan Lindell; siblings, Roger Lindell, Allan Lindell and Donna Johnson; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, MN.