William Joseph 'Bill' Lindow

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Longtime Anchorage resident William Joseph "Bill" Lindow died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, at his home of natural causes. He was 91.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Anchorage. Father Alfred Giebel will officiate. Burial will be at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage.

Mr. Lindow was born Sept. 1, 1909, in Murdock, Minn., and was raised in Nevis, Minn. He left his home during the Great Depression and rode the rails west looking for work and sending money home. During World War II he worked as a welder at the Navy shipyard at Pearl Harbor. Prior to moving to Alaska in 1951, Mr. Lindow worked in farming and in the lumber business, operating his own mill. He also was a commercial fisher in Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay.

Mr. Lindow began his commercial fishing career at age 60, when he began drift gillnetting. He continued his career in commercial fishing until 1996. During this period he built 32- to 38-foot gillnet boats for the Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay fisheries at his Anchorage shop. He encouraged his sons to follow in his footsteps in the fishing industry.

Mr. Lindow was also a 50-year member of Carpenters Union Local No. 1281, and his work can be seen in many parts of Alaska.

Mr. Lindow was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. When fall came each year, he often could be found hunting with some of his six sons. His annual birthday present was the Sept. 1 opening day of duck hunting season.

"Bill was a kind man and a tireless worker who gave all for his family," the family wrote.

Mr. Lindow was preceded in death by his wife, Delia, and sister Louise Nemetz.

He is survived by six sons and their wives, Thomas D. and Kitty Lindow, Jeffrey J. and Tari Lindow, and John M. Lindow and April Schroppel, all of Anchorage, Anthony D. and Kelly Lindow of Soldotna, Erik J. and Rita Lindow of Kenai, and William P. and Renee Lindow of Cordova; brother Thomas of Nevis; sisters Catherine Nordlund of Eugene, Ore., Ruth McGranc of Minnetonka, Minn., and Pat Johnson of Clearbrook, Minn.; and grandchildren Natasha, Brock, Haley, August, Kathryn, Sharon, Drew, Shannon and Lindsea.

Arrangements were made by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory in Anchorage.

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