Kenneth A. Lindemann Sr.

Feb. 26, 1941-June 8, 2021

Kenneth A. Lindemann

Sr., 80, Minot, ND, passed

away Tuesday, June 8,

2021, at Trinity Hospital,

Minot, ND.

Kenneth was born on

February 26, 1941, in Tay-

lor, ND, the son of Martin

and Magdalene Lin-

demann. Kenneth grew

up in Richardton, ND,

learning to speak fluent

Latin at the Assumption

Abbey High School where

he graduated in 1959. As

a young man, Ken served

as a laborer working on

his father’s and uncle’s

farms during summer

breaks. Ken liked to tell

the story about how he

jumped out of a bush and

scared Claudia Gress,

that’s how they started

dating. Ken and Claudia

were married on August

3rd, 1960. Ken called

Claudia “Babe” and it was

obvious how much he

loved her. He attended

pharmacy school at NDSU

and graduated from Inter-

state Business College

after the birth of their first

son, Todd, in 1961. Ken

worked at Avco Finance

and Gate City Bank for

much of his career. In

1980, following in his fa-

ther Martin’s bar-keeper

footsteps, Ken purchased

The Grog Shop retail

liquor store in Minot, ND,

which he owned and

operated until retirement

in 2008. Ken became a lo-

cal celebrity with his

“Crazy Lindy” Grog Shop

TV commercials, with

proof of his fame by re-

ceiving a phone call from

David Letterman. He was

active in the North Dakota

Beverage Dealers Associa-tion, Knights of Columbus

and served on the Bishop

Ryan High School fun-

draising committee for

many years. Ken owned

Avis Rental Car at the

Minot Airport, the Oak

Park Laundromat, Colony

Trailer Park and several

rental properties

throughout the area. Ken

was a self-taught musician

able to play the trumpet,

saxophone, guitar, piano

and electric organ beauti-

fully. He inherited a love

of cars from his father

who gave him his first car

at age 14, a black 1949

Ford coupe with a

three-speed transmission

and a V-8 engine. He

owned over 40 cars in his

lifetime and passed the

love of cars on to his own


Ken proudly told peo-

ple he believed his

greatest accomplishment

was seeing all 4 of his

sons graduate from col-

lege. Sadly, Ken lost his

3-year-old daughter,

Shawn, to an accidental

death, had his 26-year-old

son Todd die in his arms

while waiting for a heart

transplant, and lost his

wife of 39 years, Claudia,

to lung cancer. Despite so

much shared tragedy

between them, love pre-

vailed for Ken and Clau-

dia. Through it all, Ken

proved his greatest ac-

complishment was

remaining faithful to God

and submitting to His


Ken survived 4 heart at-

tacks and twice overcame

bladder cancer. He was

diagnosed with

Parkinson’s Disease in

2020. As Ken’s health be-

gan to slowly decline, he

was blessed by many

close friends who con-

stantly helped him

through life’s many chal-

lenges. None more so

than Ritchie and Kelly

Hauge, Bill Moran, Bernie

Pellenwessel, Mark

Rasmussen, the medical

staff at Trinity Hospital

and The Wellington As-

sisted Living Facility

directors and staff who

tolerated Ken’s antics and

lovingly cared for him

right up to the time of his

passing. The Lindemann

family cannot begin to

adequately express our

love and gratitude for all

you have done for our fa-


Survived by:

Son Randall Lin-

demann, wife Brenda and

grandsons Lucas and

Joseph Lindemann

Son Kenneth Lin-

demann JR, wife Kerry

and granddaughter Mor-

gan Lindemann

Son Steven Lindemann,

wife Beth and grandsons

Ryan and Jackson Lin-


Along with many

nieces, nephews and


Preceded in death by:

Wife Claudia Jane Lin-


Son Todd Myron Lin-


Daughter Shawn Lyneu


Parents Martin and

Magdalene Lindemann

Siblings Harvey Lin-

demann, Ronald Lin-

demann, Arlene Hough-

ton and Delphine Senn

Longtime Companion

Darlene Richter

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Friday, June 11, 2021at

9:00 AM at St. Leo the

Great Catholic Church,

Minot, ND

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,



Thursday,(Today) from

4:00 PM to 6 PM at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND.

Vigil Prayer Service:

Thursday at 6 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND.

Memorials: are pre-

ferred to Bishop Ryan

Catholic Schools, Minot,


The service will be

livestreamed for remote

family to view and can be

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