Leroy Vander Linden, 94, Bismarck, died March 4, 2018, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3rd St. and Ave. A, Bismarck, with The Rev. Steve Sathre officiating. Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Family will be greeting visitors starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Leroy “Lee” Vander Linden was born Dec. 19, 1923, at Corsica, S.D., to Gerrit H. and Sara (Smith) Vander Linden. He was raised and educated at Corsica, and graduated from Corsica High School in 1941. In 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and received basic training at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. He worked in communications with the 112th Field Artillery Group at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina, and with 21st Corp. Artillery at the headquarters at Camp Polk in Louisiana. In October of 1944, while crossing the Atlantic, Leroy recalls seeing Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra in the lunch line aboard the Queen Mary. After arriving in England, Leroy was to be part of the Occupation and got in on the edge of the Battle of the Bulge. His group served in France, Germany and finally Austria. The French Army initiated an award and presented him with a Bronze Star for his wartime dedication. Leroy returned from WWII in January of 1946 and was given an honorable discharge Feb. 6, 1946, from Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. He worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Jamestown, Fargo, Grand Forks, Williston and Bismarck. Leroy married Ardelle Marie Johnson on July 31, 1948, at Williston. They moved to Fargo in 1952 and to Bismarck in 1962. He retired from NW Bell in 1983. Ardelle died in Bismarck on Feb. 11, 1999. She and Leroy were able to celebrate 50 years of blessed unity.
Leroy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a past Deacon and part of Trinity Men’s Group. He was also a member of Telephone Pioneers of America, VFW, American Legion, Optimist Club of Bismarck, and Toastmasters in Fargo. He enjoyed bowling, watching sports, hunting, fishing and camping in his motor home.
Leroy dearly loved his family and will be deeply missed by them and his many friends. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Wes Wiedenmeyer; his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Glenda Vander Linden; four grandchildren, Chad (Crystal) Wiedenmeyer and Jessica (Kelly) Koble, and Jason (Joelle) and Justin (Jackie) Vander Linden; nine great-grandchildren, Blake and Kalie Koble, Makayla and Audrey Wiedenmeyer, Hailey, Maddie, Beckham, Brodie and Berkeley Vander Linden, all of Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ardelle; his parents; one brother, Sylvan; and one sister, Mary Lois Mosterd.
Lee and family want to thank Dakota Home Care and the VA for their dedicated care that allowed Lee to stay in his home. Also to his neighbors, Northwestern Bell, and Bismarck Optimist Club friends for their home delivered meals and visits.
Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Leroy and sign the online guest book.