Victor 'Mike' Lindahl, 88

Victor (“Mike”) G. Lindahl, age 88, formerly of Howard Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.

Victor (also called “Mike” by family and friends) was born and grew up in Howard Lake, the son of Oscar and Pearl (Anders) Lindahl.

After graduating from Howard Lake High School, he served in the US Navy during World War II.

Upon discharge from the Navy, Victor married Dolores E. Knutson in Minneapolis.

He attended barber college, worked as a barber for several years, and used those skills to fund his higher education through the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State College, and the University of St. Thomas, earning his bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master’s, and then specialist degrees. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity.

Victor began his career teaching history, physical education, and coaching the basketball team at Big Lake High School. Then, after furthering his education and degrees, he began serving as the principal at Askov High School, before taking the position of principal at the Delano High School, where he served many years before retiring.

Upon retirement, Victor and Dolores enjoyed their family, and spent many years enjoying a winter home in Arizona.

Victor was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion; a true patriot. He loved his Lord and his country, never faltering. He was also an avid sportsman and hunter, and loved all sports, indoors and out.

A wonderful source of kindness, love, and strength to everyone in his family, Victor always taught others to trust in the Lord every minute of the day, and he lived by that strong faith. He was always consistent, and steady as an oak, a wise and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Victor will be so very missed by family and friends, and always loved.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Lindahl; daughter and son-in-law Trudy and Tim Smith; grandsons Jonathan (Kimberlee) Smith, Jed (Tammy) Smith), and Jacob (Tana) Smith; great-grandchildren Sabrina, Abigael, Mason, Maxwell and Autumn; a brother, Eldon “Bud” Lindahl; and a sister, Daisy Binder.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Ruth and Julia.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Aug. 19 with family and friends at their home church in Aitkin County. Military honors were provided by the VFW and American Legion posts.

© Herald Journal Publishing, Inc.