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Harry Albin Lindbo was born July 1, 1916 in Belfield, North Dakota to Helga (Halvorson Kasin) and Andrew Carlson Lindbo where he was raised on the family homestead farm. He died peacefully in his home on June 20, 2017, 11 days shy of his 101st birthday. He was surrounded by many family and friends visiting over several days and weeks. Harry was a devoted husband of 67 years to his wife, Dorothy (Kenoyer) Lindbo. He was the loving father to his sons, Andrew (Barbara), David; daughters Linda, Viola Erickson (Allen, deceased), Katie (Frank Akers), Vicky Swick (Sid) and Doreen Lindbo. He was an adoring Grandfather to 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Harry was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, his brothers Carl, Howard, Clarence, Lloyd, Andy, Norman, Anthony, Ole, and Edward Lindbo, and sisters Mable Verdahl Evans, Ida Bauer and Clara Jeromcheck; and son-in-law, Allen Erickson. Harry was the last surviving sibling in his family.

He left home at age 17 and moved to the Northwest to find work and make a life for himself. He joined the CCC’s during the Depression, serving in Vancouver, WA and Hermiston, OR. He joined the Army Air-Corps during World War II and served in the South Pacific for 18 months on the Island of Tongareva, New Caladonea, and Fiji where he built radar towers and supported the troops in the Pacific Theater. After coming home from his duty in the Pacific, he married his sweetheart, Dorothy on September 22, 1944. They raised their family of 7 children on a farm in East Spanaway. They raised cattle, pigs, chickens and had huge gardens. Harry laid hardwood floors for 20 years at Hull Floors, owned his own business, Quality Hardwood Floors and worked for Boeing until his retirement. He assisted the church’s elderly and others with home repairs/remodeling and car repairs following his retirement. He loved antique cars, restoring tractors and machines. Harry could “fix” anything mechanical and had many building projects.

Harry and Dorothy remodeled and built the family home. After 57 years in Spanaway, they moved to Village Green in Federal Way. When Harry’s beloved wife, Dorothy, passed away suddenly in January 2012, he was in Hospice Care. Harry made his final home in Tacoma, WA with daughter, Vi and son-in-law, Al Erickson. He decided to pursue a heart study at University of Washington to correct his heart difficulties. Harry was the first patient at the UW and in Washington State to have a transcatheter heart surgery for a 2nd aortic heart valve replacement.

A year later he went on wild trip across the country with his four daughters in a motorhome to the east coast where they were joined by a granddaughter for the remainder of the trip. Harry saw many sights for the first time in his life, but most importantly visited with many relatives and celebrated his 97th birthday. He was honored at the WWII Memorial, saw the Statue of Liberty, held his great granddaughter for the first time and visited a dear cousin he met in 1930. He went to the family homesteads of his mother and father in South Dakota. All this and more was made possible because of the risk Harry took in having the surgery so it would help the doctors and other patients.

He loved playing cribbage and taught many family members the game. He loved to visit and tell stories. He taught his children to be hard workers, mentored nephews in their carpentry careers. He felt a special bond with his nieces and nephews and continued to call and check up on them over the years. Harry’s life exemplified an unfailing faith, a generous spirit and genuine care for others. Harry and Dorothy loved being Official Greeters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland. He served as greeter just weeks before his passing.

He will be sorely missed. A heartfelt thanks to the Franciscan Hospice staff and support team who were like angels to our dear Dad and family.


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Visitation

Sunday

25

Jun

12:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church

12115 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

funeral service

Sunday

25

Jun

1:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church

12115 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444

graveside service

Monday

26

Jun

9:00 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th. St.
Kent, WA 98042

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Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th. St.
Kent, WA 98042

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