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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Bill M. Lindig

December 16, 1936December 25, 2019

Bill M. Lindig, of Houston, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, the 25th of December 2019. He was 83 years of age.

Bill grew up in Austin; he was confirmed into the Lutheran faith in 1951. He received his education from Austin High School and The University of Texas. Later in life, Bill was awarded a doctorate degree from Johnson & Wales University.

Bill met his wife Bobetta in Austin, where they were married in 1959; they celebrated 60 years of marriage last June.

Bill served his country as a first lieutenant in the National Guard and was active during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Bill and his family moved to Houston in 1970 when he joined Sysco Corporation at its formation. Enjoying great success over a thirty-year career, Bill held positions of president, CEO and retired as Chairman of the Board in 2000.

In addition to his career at Sysco, Bill served as a director of BNSF Railways and as a Trustee of Johnson & Wales University.

After his retirement, Bill developed a relationship with, and a passion for, Memorial Healthcare System; where he served as both a director and a benefactor. Both professionally and personally, Bill loved helping people and watching them grow. His true love, other than building and driving hot rod Fords, was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Bobetta; sons, Brett and Brad; daughters-in-law, Michelle and Jona, and grandchildren, Dakota, Dillon, David and Kate.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o’clock in the evening on Sunday, the 5th of January, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 6th of January, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Pastor Chuck Kindsvatter is to officiate.

Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to The Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Center at Memorial Hermann - Memorial City Medical Center or to The Lindig Family Resource Center at Memorial Hermann - Memorial City Medical Center, 929 Gessner Rd., Suite 2650, Houston, TX, 77024; or by phone at 713-242-4400. (www.memorialhermann.org/donate)

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 6, 2020

Memories

Bill M. Lindig

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Schann Kastendieck

January 7, 2020

Bobetta,
Dave and I were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
David and Schann Kastendieck

George Katsenes

January 7, 2020

My condolences to the entire Lindig family. Mr. Lindig signed off on my transfer to the corporate headquarters from Chicago back in 1996, and for that I am eternally grateful. I enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling 19 years of growth and amazing experiences because of his faith that I could be a contributor to Sysco's success. May the memories of his life be eternal for all of us. May he rest in peace.

Carl Allen

January 5, 2020

One the THE greatest leader’s of men that I ever knew. Mr. Lindig was a person that I learned a tremendous amount from and that was something I always cherished. RIP Sir.

Glenn Johnson

January 3, 2020

Bill, I guess we first met when The Houston Roadsters was forming in late 1999-early 2000. It was always special when you were part of the group on a ride , especially when we would go the Brenham Airport for lunch. I will always have fond memories of the ride that culminated at your airplane hanger for cook-on-the-spot hamburgers.
You did so much for the world of hotrods and will be remembered for that by many for years to come.
It was a real pleasure knowing youBill and I will think of you whenever a ride takes me to the Brenham Airport for lunch.

Sincerely,

Glenn

Lauren Hill

January 2, 2020

I met Bill in 1997 when both of us had hotrods being built by Bruce's Rod Shop in Spring, TX. In the years that followed, my wife and I enjoyed the Lindigs' hospitality at Christmas parties and dinners at various car shows in Texas and California.
Then in 2006, our son was severely injured in an auto accident on the island of Tortola in the Caribbean. We wanted him moved to Houston for surgery but did not know anyone in the medical community, which was required for his medical transfer. But I knew that Bill Lindig was a benefactor of Memorial Herman Hospital. I called Bill on a Sunday morning and explained the situation. Within the hour, the President of Memorial Herman called me in Tortola and told me all arrangements had been made to receive and care for our son. We flew him to Houston by air ambulance that afternoon.
We will be forever grateful to Bill Lindig for his help and concern. He was a saint for us.

Tanya Daniels

January 2, 2020

Brett & the Lindig Family,
I am praying that God comforts you in your time of need and in the days to come when all the calls have ceased and the visits have diminished.
May you hold firm to the many memories made during your loved ones lifetime and may those memories bring you peace when your heart is troubled.
We will be praying for you and with you.
Tanya

ERIN GRAHAM

January 1, 2020

Brett - So sorry to hear about your Dad. He had such an amazing impact on Sysco so I can only imagine the impact he had on you as a father. Hold your memories close and know that God is good. Always. I will keep you as well as all of your family in my thoughts and prayers!! Erin Graham - Sysco East TX

John Soules

December 30, 2019

Bill was one of the deepest-thinking individuals I ever met. He was a gifted salesman, strategist, organizer, and motivating leader. He was also a kind man who was honest and sincere. He and Bobetta treated my sons as their own after my wife's death. Bill believed in us and primarily laid the foundation for our present-day company. Bill did not fit a mold. Rather, he was a mold. There will not be another Bill Lindig! Our eternal Thanks, Bill. The Soules family

Rick Laughlin

December 30, 2019

Mrs. Lindig, Brett and Brad
So sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that he is at peace and watching over you.

I always remember him as a humble guy with a twinkle in his eye who loved to work on cars. In high school we had no idea how accomplished he was professionally. He was just our best friend’s dad. For me those are the best memories.

Peace to all of you
Rick and Tracie Laughlin

Bill Stohler

December 30, 2019

I have the upmost respect for Bill and have good memories. God Bless the Lindig family!