Dr. Theodore Lindeman

Dr. Theodore “Dr. Ted” Lindeman, 93, of Alta died Sept. 8, 2017 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at United Church of Christ in Springfield, S.D.,  with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Springfield Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake and Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield are in charge of the arrangements. 

Ted was the fourth and youngest child of Bessie and Herman Lindeman. He was born June 28, 1924 and raised in Yankton, S.D. and Oklahoma City, Okla.

After graduating from high school, Ted joined the Navy Air Corps and became a pilot as part of the “greatest generation” of World War II veterans. After training in several different planes, he was assigned to the Navy’s version of the B-24 bomber, the PB4Y-2. Ted participated in combat in the Pacific Theater, particularly out of Okinawa until the end of the war. 

After the war in 1946, Ted married Ruth Bicknell of Yankton, S.D. As one of the first married couples on campus, they attended Park College in Parkville, Mo. After Park College, Ted was accepted into Northwestern School of Dentistry in Chicago, graduating in May 1952. He and Ruth returned to South Dakota, where they resided from 1952 until 2014, when they moved to Alta to live near their youngest daughter, Dr. Lisa Lindeman and her husband, Stan Rishoi.

Ted practiced dentistry in Springfield, S.D. until he was 83 years old. He was active in Springfield Congregational Church, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir for many years. He helped organize Bon Homme Flyers Club in 1956, and taught many of the local residents to fly. His many interests included woodworking, music and playing with his children and grandchildren. Being a good husband and father was his focus and the reason he settled in Springfield to raise his children. Ted and Ruth were married for 70 years before Ruth preceded Ted in death in 2016.

Ted is survived by all his adult children: David (Barbara) of Silver Spring, Md.; Eric (Jana) of Seattle, Wash.; Gilbert (Gisela) of Silver Spring, Md.; Rebecca (Michael Wheeler) of Springfield, Ky.; Lisa (Stan Rishoi) of Alta; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and special nephew, Jim (Leann) Bicknell and his family, of Yankton, S.D.