Richard Keith Lindgren
Richard Keith (Rick) Lindgren was born on September 7, 1951, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Blanche Ione (Harvey) Lindgren and Alan Israelson Lindgren. In 1972 he married the love of his life, Sherry Ann Johnson, and to this union two sons were born, Keith in 1975 and Kevin in 1977.
He graduated from Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Michigan, and went on to study at Michigan Technological University and Northern Michigan University before completing a bachelor’s degree in business and computer science at the University of Michigan–Dearborn in 1974, followed by an MBA in corporate finance from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 1980. In 1993, he completed a master’s degree in theology and ethics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as an elder in the Community of Christ for over 40 years.
While still in college, Rick began an eight-year career with Ford Motor Company, working as a software engineer for the Automotive Assembly Division. He taught at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri, in two different periods, teaching computer science and business, as well as serving as associate dean of faculty, and retired from there with the title of Emeritus Professor of Business. In between and after, he was a managing editor and technology director for the publisher Thomson Learning (later called Cengage) in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as in Andover, England.
Rick also served in retirement with several not-for-profit organizations, serving as board treasurer for both Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa and Outreach International, Inc., traveling to Bolivia for Outreach. He also served as president of Lamoni Development Corporation.
Rick enjoyed playing his collection of left-handed guitars and he recorded four albums of music with his wife, Sherry.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Kathy. He is survived by spouse Sherry, sons Keith (Angela) in Minneapolis, MN, and Kevin (Sophia) in Lamoni, IA, plus grandchildren Addyson Lindgren, Landon Lindgren, Collin Watson, and Gavin Canavan of Lamoni, IA, brother Bruce (Carole) Lindgren of Independence, MO, sister Janice (Steven) Schultz of Bradenton, FL, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials should be sent to Outreach International, Inc. (https://outreach-international.org) of Kansas City, Missouri.