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“My heart is with your family. ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Cindy Dewey

“Rest in peace, old friend! ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Denny Gramza

“We graduated in 1965 and had lots of good memories even before that. Oakie was a good guy and dear friend. RIP old buddy. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Kenny Tetzlaff

“I, too, was a friend of Oakie's at Manistee High School. Many memories of our teen years. Very sad to hear of his passing. God's comfort...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Donna Heuer Leivestad - CO

“I graduated high school with Oakie. We played football together and socialized with a lot of joy in those years. Rest In Peace my old friend. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: John Zawacki

“RIP my childhood friend. I played little league baseball with Oakie on the Manistee VFW team. A great guy. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Al Helminski

“I was deeply grieved to hear of Oakie's passing. Every memory of our years together at Manistee High School is a happy one, and fun. He never...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Jan Schwing

“Oakie and I were classmates from kindergarten through graduation in 1965. We shared so many memories in the big metropolis of Stronach, that I will...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Leanne Gagliardo

“Oakie was a classmate of mine at Manistee High School and a very good friend. I always enjoyed reading his posts on face book which often included...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Dale Sparks

“Oakie and I graduated from MHS in 1965. He was a great classmate and friend during those years. I was really nice to get re aquatinted again on FB...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Jim Jacobs

“Dixie & family, so very sorry for Orval's ,(Oakie) passing! Please know our Thoughts & Prayers go out to you All.. We know the sadness, and hope you...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Harold & Nancy Nyman

“My heart and soul grieve with you all. I just happened to read the mining journal online. Will always remember oakie, the visits and joy he brought...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Diana (Freeman) Okesson

“Becky, my prayers are with you and your family. Fond/fun memories from KI...he was a great guy, and I'm sure missed by all...Mick ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Mick Kreis

“Dixie and Girls: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Patti Pellow

“Dixie & Family, sincere sympathy in Oakie's passing. Many good conversations around the Post Office. Great guy. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Gerry Stille

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Bill and Amber Parsons

“Our deepest sympathy to the family. We always enjoyed a visit from Oakie. ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: The staff of Bergdahls

“Dixie, Peggy and Becky so sorry for your loss. Oakie was one of a kind. Wishing we could be there. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: John & Jeannie Johnson

“Dixie, Becky, and Peggy hugs and prayers are with you. Oakie will be missed by all of us. We will miss his smiles, stories and wood projects. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Marge Haralson

“We are so sorry to hear about Oakie. Oakie was the best neighbor ever, always a smile and always willing to help his neighbors. Oakie will be...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Sheila and Victor Shaw

“Dixie,Becky,Peggy, I'm sorry to hear of Oakie's passing. Happy thoughts,prayers and all my love to you! ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Justin Yelle

“Dear Peggy, Becky and Mrs. Lindeman, We are so sorry to hear about your dad/husband. Mr. L was always solid bet for a good laugh and fun time. He...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Margarette & Kids Gupta (Aho)

“My deepest regrets to the family are prayers are with you and to the family ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Leland Nellist

“Becky and Family, we were so sorry to hear about your dad, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Sue and Don Knetter

“So sorry to hear about Oakie. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Mike and Sue Koski

“Dearest Dixie & Girls,We are so very sorry for your loss of your husband and father. This is a very hard time for all of you but please know that...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Micheal & Mary Disch - Gwinn, MI

“What a great friend and neighbor. I loved talking to him whether it was at the dental clinic on base when he came in for his appointment, or in his...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Sheila Zgonina - New Baden, IL

“Dixie and girls, I'm so sorry to hear about Oakie. He was a good guy. I loved giving him a hard time when I was getting my hair done. My he RIP. My...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Barb Campbell


Orval O. “Oakie” Lindeman, 69, of Gwinn, died Wednesday morning, March 22, 2017 at UP Health System- Marquette. 

Oakie was born on August 3, 1947 in Stronach, Michigan to the late Leonard and Mildred (Leavitt) Lindeman. He was a 1965 graduate of Manistee High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent his career, retiring from active military in 1985 as a fire inspector.  Oakie then worked in the same capacity as a civil servant at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base until its closure in 1995.  He also worked as fire chief for Boreal Aviation for a few years before joining Red Fox Run Golf Course where he worked as a ranger for several seasons. 

Oakie received the Fireman of the Year Award in 1976 for meritorious service in saving the lives of fellow fire fighters during a fire at K.I. Sawyer. 

Oakie was a life member of Gwinn VFW Post #5670.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling, wood-working, and playing cards. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Dixie, whom he married on May 20, 1967 at Orlando Air Force Base; two daughters, Becky Lindeman Keskimaki and Peggy Lindeman, both of Gwinn; two sisters, Dee Dee (Ronald) Sonnenberg of Stronach, MI and Denise Lindeman of Yuma, AZ; nieces and nephews, Dwayne (Bonnie) Lindeman of Kaleva, MI, Todd (Jennifer) Sonnenberg of Jackson, MI and Hope Sonnenberg of Bear Lake MI; also an aunt, Isabelle Lindeman of Manistee, MI.  Preceding him in death besides his parents was a brother, Earl Emil Lindeman; nieces, Kimberly and Kerry Lindeman and a nephew, Leonard John Lindeman

The Lindeman family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Canale Gwinn Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held in the funeral home at 12 noon Saturday with the Rev. Rell Spickerman officiating.  A light luncheon will be served in the funeral home immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gwinn-Sawyer Veterinary Clinic, 408 Avenue A, Gwinn, MI  49841 in Oakie’s memory.

Oakie’s obituary can also be viewed at canalefuneral.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.