Clifford O. Lindstrom was tragically and suddenly taken from his family, friends, and associates at age 65 on the afternoon of December 3, 2013 while training soldiers at the 35th Infantry Division Armory. He was the very best of everything that is good, caring, and gracious to all those who were fortunate enough to have shared in his life. There was never a better husband, father, brother, uncle, soldier, or friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford and mother, Margaret.
Clifford was born and raised in Wauconda, Illinois. Clifford graduated from the United States Military Academy with the Class of 1971 and was commissioned as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant and completed the Infantry Officer Basic and Ranger courses at Fort Benning, Ga. West Point’s hallowed words of “Duty, Honor, Country”, were not merely a motto for Cliff; he embodied those words with grace and determination every day of his life. He was always rock steady, honorable, and dependable in friendships and business relationships. Following his initial training at Fort Benning, he served well in a variety of assignments in the United States and Germany. His last active duty assignment was at Fort Leavenworth, where he retired, worked for Cubic, and subsequently accepted a government service position at the National Simulation Center. While working at the NSC, he served in multiple capacities from 1997 to 2013. His work included training soldiers and officers on headquarters staff warfighting processes, developing requirements for major training programs and most recently serving as the Gaming Integrator for the Army’s highly successful Games for Training program. Cliff’s work and contributions were instrumental to the evolution of Army training and directly impacted soldier training and preparation for worldwide deployments. He was recognized as an essential and key element of the TCM Gaming program. His work was admired and respected both locally and throughout the Army.
He loved to play golf with his friends when he could carve out a little time from his busy schedule. He was an excellent fisherman and taught fly fishing courses for the VA. He enjoyed KU basketball, Army and Chiefs football, and Chicago Cubs baseball. He would regularly take his two Labrador retrievers for long walks at his cabin near Macon, Mo. as well as the dog park in Leavenworth. He knew and could identify nearly all of the different bird species associated with the Midwest. He was an active member of the local Sacred Hearts Catholic Church and the Leavenworth Rotary Club.
He met, courted, and later married his wonderful wife, Helen after he was assigned to Ft Leavenworth. They were absolutely meant to be together from the very beginning. They loved each other and their life together. They built a warm and gracious aura around their home and their log cabin get away near Macon, Mo. Cliff was so proud of his son Tom and of the young man Tom has become. Cliff treasured the times when his Tom could get home for short visits.
Page 2 of 2 - Cliff is survived by his wife Helen, son Tom, sister Barbara Popovich, brother-in-law and dear friend Richard Popovich, nephews Tom Popovich with wife Morgan and Philip Popovich with wife Samantha and niece Sarah Slette with husband Mark.
Funeral Arrangements: Davis Funeral Chapel is making the final arrangements. A funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on 13 December 2013. Interment will follow the service at the Fort Leavenworth Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it is preferred that Donations/Contributions/Memorials be made to Leavenworth’s St Vincent Clinic at 818 N. 7th Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048 or Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society at PO Box 498, Leavenworth, KS 66048.