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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:04

Port Washington High School graduate Gary R. Lindner was an artistic man.
    “He could draw anything,” his sister Gayle Wellenstein said, noting that he took classes at the Milwaukee School of Art for a time. “He loved to paint. He always had a project going on.
    “And he was crafty. He was always doing something.”
    Mr. Lindner, who lived in Slinger, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Joseph Hospital in West Bend. He was 82.
    Mr. Lindner was a native of Milwaukee, born on Sept, 5, 1935, to Robert and Violet Lindner.
    The family moved to Port Washington when Mr. Lindner was 2. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Port High in 1954.
    After high school, Mr. Lindner attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
    He served in the Army from 1954 to 1958 and was stationed at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in France for 18 months.    
    When he returned to the States, Mr. Lindner worked as an accountant and in the retail sector.
    He lived in the Milwaukee area for 43 years before moving to Slinger.
    He collected antiques and took great pride in his gardens, his sister said.
    “He had so many perennials,” she said. “They were beautiful. He was always dividing his plants and giving them to neighbors.”
    Mr. Lindner was an animal lover whose faithful companions included his rabbit Thumper and his dogs CoCo and Christopher.
    He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers who was known as the “lucky winner” of the many football pools he participated in, his sister said.
    Mr. Lindner was close to his mother Violet, who he called at least weekly, and he loved to share his life stories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    He also enjoyed spending time with his close friends and neighbors Pat and Cindy Dempsey, who  helped care for him when his health declined.
    Mr. Lindner patterned his life after his favorite quote from Vincent Van Gogh —”The best way to know life is to love many things,” his sister said.
    “He was a very laid-back man,” his sister said. “He put everybody before himself, and was very kind and giving. He always found the good in people.
    “He lived a simple life. He didn’t have a lot of things. But he enjoyed life.”
    Mr. Lindner is survived by his son Todd (Mary) of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Andrew (Julia), Danny (Elizabeth), Katelyn,  Caitlin and Alexis, and three great-grandchildren.
    He is further survived by his mother Violet Lindner and sister Gayle Wellenstein, both of Port Washington.
    He was preceded in death by his son Kevin, father Robert and brother-in-law Robert Wellenstein.
    Private graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 14, with the Rev. Jeffrey Suddendorf officiating.
    Burial with military honors was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
    Memorials to the Ozaukee Humane Society or the Washington County Humane Society are suggested.

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