Alvin F. Lindstrom, native of Two Harbors, died in Tucson, Ariz., May 29. He was 96.
Born June 19, 1916, to Swedish immigrants, John and Hilma Lindquist Lindstrom, Al grew up in Two Harbors. He loved all sports, but was an exceptionally talented hockey player. He lettered in the sport in high school, then played semi-pro hockey, and years later was named to the Two Harbors All-Century Team.
After high school graduation in 1934, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program for young men created by President Franklin Roosevelt. He was at the Wanless, Minnesota Company 703. He would be an active alum of the group his entire life and enjoyed his association with the CCC Museum at Colossal Cave Mountain Park near Tucson. Many of his mementos can be found there.
In 1937, he started his business career in financial management in Chicago at the Diversey Co. and later at International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. In the 1950s he moved to Tucson and joined the Duval Corporation, where he became resident manager at the Esperanza Copper Mine. Later, he would be financial director of Duval’s International Sales division in Brussels, Belgium. He concluded his work years at the Simplot Company in Hanford, Calif., and returned to Tucson where he has been retired since 1985.
He was a gentleman and a gentle man. Everybody who knew him, liked him. He was calm, quiet, and content with his life. He loved the Arizona Wildcats basketball team and would never fail to mention that Lute Olson coached his Two Harbors high school team (of course, in the 1950s, long after he was gone).
He loved working with his hands and was an avid gardener and woodworker.
His first wife, Grace, died in 1988. That year he returned to visit friends in Two Harbors and was reacquainted with a Two Harbors High School classmate, Ruth Donovan, class of 1935, also a native. They were married shortly thereafter and would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary later this year.
He was also preceded in death by his brother Evert. He is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, brother Arthur, son Raymond, and grandchildren Barry Lindstrom and Karen Lindstrom Dexter.
A special memorial service was held Thursday, June 6, 3 p.m. at St. Philips in The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to Intermountain Centers for Human Development, helping mentally challenged Arizonans. PO Box 17749, Tucson, Ariz. 85731.