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Alfred Helmer Lindgren, 76

Alfred Helmer Lindgren, 76, of Cass Lake, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Cass Lake Indian Health Service in Cass Lake. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake with the Rev. David Yates officia...

Alfred Helmer Lindgren, 76, of Cass Lake, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Cass Lake Indian Health Service in Cass Lake.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cass Lake with the Rev. David Yates officiating. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Building and will continue until the time of the service. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Cass Lake. Dennis Funeral Home of Cass Lake assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born June 29, 1931, to Carl and Dorothy (Fisher) Lindgren in Osage, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Linnel, Minn. Following his schooling, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country from 1949-1951. He fought in the Korean War, where he received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

After his release from active military service, he transferred to the Army Reserve, where he completed eight years of service under the Universal Military Training and Service Act. In 1956, he worked for Morton Mining Company in Hibbing as a dump truck driver. In 1960, he continued his mining work in Butte, Mont., working in the underground mines until his retirement in 1972, when he moved back to Minnesota.

Two of his favorite things in life were gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

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In 1955, he married Edith Armstrong, and he is survived by their children, Timothy (Sandra) Lindgren, Barbara (James) Bond, Daniel (Vickie) Lindgren, Joel (Jennifer) Lindgren. He met his special friend, Arlene Whitebird, in 1982, and he is survived by their daughter, Fawn Whitebird; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Conklin, Norma Conklin and Joyce Hendrickson; brother; Alton Lindgren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Ralph Lindgren and Orville Lindgren.

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