Orval “Oakie” Lindeman

GWINN, MI — 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.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 12 noon in the Canale Gwinn Funeral Home with the Rev. Rell Spickerman officiating.

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.