Aug. 13, 1914 - June 5, 2012
IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- August John Lindekugel, 97, of Imperial, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Imperial Manor.
August was born the fourth of eight children on Aug. 13, 1914, to Fredrick William and Clara C. Culp Lindekugel at Hershey, Nebraska. He grew up on three farms south of Hershey and graduated from Star High School in 1932. He enjoyed saying he was salutatorian of his class; however there were only two in the graduating class. His classmate was a baseball pitcher and August was the catcher; they played on various area teams.
After graduating, August started farming with his father and went out on his own in 1936.
On June 4, 1939, August married Lola V. Rizer at Kearney, Nebraska. Lola was a teacher at Star High School when they met and she taught some of August's siblings. Together they had two children, Raymond and Ruth. They lived in and around the Hershey-North Platte area until moving to Hayes Center in 1947.
In 1946, August was struck by lightning and lost vision in one eye but he never let that slow him down. He retired from farming in 1985 and moved into Hayes Center. He continued to assist his son's farming when able. Lola passed away on Nov. 19, 1997. August moved to Imperial in 2008 and had been a resident of the Imperial Manor since then.
August was a member of the Union Congregational Church in Hayes Center and was a long time member of the Oddfellows Lodge.
August is survived by his son, Raymond (Alice) Lindekugel, of Imperial; son-in-law, Frank Shaughnessy, of Hastings, Nebraska; his brother, Floyd (Margie) Lindekugel, of Gothenburg, Nebraska; a sister, Hazel Wynne, of New Mexico; sisters-in-law, Nina Lindekugel, of Cozad, Nebraska, Margaret Rizer, of Kearney, Nebraska and Marge Rizer, of Omaha; four grandchildren, John (Gail) Lindekugel, of Gretna, Nebraska, Julie (Dennis) Nelson, of Lincoln, Kevin Shaughnessy, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Erin (Nate) Fisher, of Grant, Nebraska; nine great-grandchildren, Schyler, Kealan, Tristan, Travis, Trina, Troy, Hallie, Maggie and Alexis; several nieces, nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola, and his daughter, Ruth Shaughnessy who passed away in 2009, a victim of ALS. He was also preceded in death by his grandson, Jeff Lindekugel; a great-grandson, Levi Lindekugel; his parents, Fredrick and Clara; three sisters, Bertha and Edna Lindekugel and Esther Founds; and three brothers, Charles and twins, Irvan and Ivan.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore in North Platte with Pastor Jean Miller of Union Congregational Church officiating. Inurnment will be 1:30 p.m. in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens in North Platte. Memorials are suggested to ALS or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The memorial book may be signed online at odeanchapel.com or from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.