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Lindstrom, Carl

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April 16, 1919 - August 22, 2014

Lindstrom, Carl

Carl “Coach” Lindstrom passed away on August 22, 2014 in Plano, TX.  He was 95.  Born in Wolverine, Michigan, he lived most of his life in the Detroit area until moving to Plano, TX when he was 93. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Allie to whom he was married for 62 years, and is survived by his daughter Gail Naeyaert, son-in-law Roger, grandson Jeff, granddaughters Lisa Gilbert and Beth Snow, great-grandson Eli Snow, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carl was a WWII veteran who honorably served overseas as a 1st Sergeant in the 1st Armored Divison of the US Army. After the war he moved to the Detroit area, married Allie, and worked as a transportation manager for the Unisys Corporation.  After retiring, he worked as a starter at area golf courses until he was 92. Carl’s passion was ice hockey. In addition to playing on semi-pro teams and in the Army, he shared his love of the sport by donating many years to coaching amateur youth hockey in the Detroit area. His coaching career began when he was asked to coach a neighborhood grade school team in the 1960’s, and eventually became the coach for the Olympia Agencies, (later to become the Detroit Junior Red Wings) winning many state and national championship over the course of his 30 year coaching career. In 1979 he was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame and the same year was selected as a coach in Colorado Springs for the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winning “Miracle on Ice” Men’s hockey team.

Carl’s Memorial service will be at 11:00 am September 18th, 2014 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 23425 Lahser Rd, Southfield, MI 48033.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

 

 

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Lisa Gilbert

September 17, 2014 5:33PM

I love you, Grandpa. I'm lucky to have known you and am so happy that you and Grandma are finally reunited.

I will miss you always.

Love,
Queen Bee


Greg Maurer

September 17, 2014 1:46PM

Many thanks to Carl for his dedication and sevice to Detroit youth hockey. I was lucky enough to play for him on the Redwings For'um Club in the Detroit Recreational League. Because of his spirit I continued to play senior hockey until age 45, and coached in Royal Oak Youth Hockey for over 15 years. I'm sure that I echo all my former teamates who were touched by him, including my linemate, Mike Turner, who himself has gone on to be one of the most successful high school coaches of all time with Trenton High School. RIP Mr Lindstrom