Robert “Bob” Allen Lindhart, 81, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society – Comforcare in Austin. Bob was born on July 11, 1941, in rural Pine County, Minnesota, the son of Harley and Ethel (Wigen) Lindhart. He graduated from Braham High School in 1959 and later attended the University of Minnesota. On June 22, 1963, Bob was married to Norma Krenik in St. Peter, Minnesota. During college, Bob worked as a USDA technician at the University of Minnesota. He then worked for JR Johnson until 1971, when he became owner and operator of the Ferndale Nursery and Greenhouse in Askov, Minnesota. In 1985, Bob started working for the Ball Seed Co. and continued working for seed companies until he became a baker at Bill’s Family Foods in Forest City, Iowa, and then Hy-Vee in Mason City, Iowa. Bob later worked at Kum & Go and Pilot Travel Center in Clear Lake, Iowa. After moving to Austin, Bob worked at Runnings until he got sick. All his adult life he had a passion for gardening, he most enjoyed taking care of his gardens and helped many family and friends to establish and take care of his gardens. Bob loved seeing his grandchildren participate in all the school activities and just spend time with them. He liked to listen to organ and harpsichord music. Bob and Norma loved traveling with their family to many countries. Over the years they have hosted 9 foreign exchange students, some of whom have been their tour guides in their home countries and have visited them here in the United States. Bob was always happier to see his family all together.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Lindhart of Austin, MN; two daughters, Myja (Hoa) Thai of Coon Rapids, MN and Erin (Scott) Felten of Austin, MN; four grandchildren, Steven Thai, Michael (Kristin) Thai, Olivia Felten, and Matthew Felten; and five sisters, Judy (Ron) Kadlec of Mora, MN, Mary Stromberg of Ogilvie, MN, Kathy Freeman of Sandstone, MN, Nancy Amoit of Coon Rapids, MN, and Eileen (Mike) Thomas of Ham Lake, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Ethel Lindhart; childhood brother, Jon Harley Lindhart; and brothers-in-law, Les Stromberg, Lee Freeman, Maury Amoit, and Lauris Krenik.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am prior to the church service. Memorials are preferred to The Trevor Project: suicide prevention for LGBTG youth, Backpack Program United Way of Mower County: weekend food program for needy students in Mower County, Success Closet United Way of Mower County: articles hygiene, clothing and outerwear for students in need in Mower County. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is helping the family with arrangements. Condolences can be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.