Charles K. Lindquist

January 21, 1933April 14, 2018

Charles K. Lindquist of Novi, Michigan, was called from this life on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Mr. Lindquist was born January 21, 1933 in the Town of Poland, New York. He has lived in Falconer and Jamestown, New York; Grand Rapids and Northville, Michigan; and has spent many winters in Santa Ana, California.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Lois Pauline Ortendahl, four children, Jeffrey C. Lindquist (Melody) of Colorado Springs, CO; Debora K Smith (Michael) of Santa Ana, CA; Randal C. K. Lindquist (Doreen) of Marietta, GA; and Diane L. Zoltowski (Jeffrey) of Northville, MI. Also, seven grandchildren: Joshua, Zachary and Katherine Lindquist of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrew B. Smith of Santa Ana, CA; Megan (Landy) Sitto of Macomb, MI; Harrison and Lauren Zoltowski of Northville, MI; one great granddaughter, Stella Sitto of Macomb, MI; a brother Rodney L. Lindquist of Jamestown, NY and a sister Nancy J. Lindquist of Glen Allen, VA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Kenneth and Eva Ann Cobb Lindquist and a sister, Patricia Ann.

Mr. Lindquist graduated from Falconer High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan and was honorably discharged January 8, 1954. He was baptized into the Christian faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Falconer, NY, in 1955.

He spent 28 years with the Weber Knapp Company in Jamestown, NY and the Keeler Brass Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1982 he began a new career with the then Lutheran Church in America, serving as an Assistant to the Bishop of the Michigan Synod of the Lutheran Church in America in their Detroit, MI offices under the then Bishop Raymond Heine. In 1988, a merger of Lutheran bodies formed the present Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In this new structure he continued his service in the Southeast Michigan Synod until 1992 when he went to work for the Outreach Division of the ELCA, serving synods in Michigan, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, until his retirement in 1995.

He and his wife Lois, have been active at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, MI, since 1983. He has long been active and interested in Lutheran Social Service Agencies, having served in various capacities in upstate New York and Michigan since 1958.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to Samaritas (formerly Lutheran Social Services) ( or send to Samaritas, 8131 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214) and Autism Resource Mom ( or send to Autism Resource Mom, 17518 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92614).

Visitation will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30650 Six Mile Road, Livonia.

Later in Spring or Summer the family will hold a Celebration of Life event in Jamestown, NY.


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 22, 2018

Charles K. Lindquist

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