Howard “Howie” W. Lindman

Howard “Howie” W. Lindman, 83, of Elmhurst, IL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 31st, surrounded by his loving family in his home after a battle with cancer, and just in time to join his beloved wife Pattie for a New Year’s Eve celebration dancing to “Lady in Red”.

As we write this homage to our beloved, we are at a loss for words. How can we possibly find the words that are powerful or meaningful enough to describe this father, grandfather, and friend who we were so lucky to call our own? We aren’t sure that they exist, but we will do our best to give you a glimpse into the person Howard Lindman was.

Howie was born on June 8th, 1936, in Melrose Park to Walter and Ethel Lindman. He attended Proviso Township high school where he met and fell head over heels for his Pattie. They married in 1956 and enjoyed 59 years together sharing a commitment that is rare in this world; constructed by love, integrity, and kindness. After Her passing in 2015 Howie was left with a vacancy in his heart. He honored Pattie’s memory every single day.

After high school Howie went to work for his Uncle Pete becoming the third generation of Swedish carpenters. (Later his son Jeff would become the fourth and continues the business today.) Howie and Pat moved to Broadview to raise their three children Lori, Jeff and Gary, and lived two doors away from his sister Carol and her family. In 1970 they moved to Elmhurst and soon after Carol and her clan would follow. After losing their spouses Howie and Carol shared blueberry muffins and coffee every Thursday morning and most other mornings Howie could be found having coffee and solving world problems with “the boys” at Ron’s gas station until it sold and in later years at Panera.

Throughout the years Howie never advertised his carpentry business. It was simply word of mouth from customer to customer about this master craftsman that always kept him busy and growing. Howie built love and care into hundreds of homes in the Chicagoland area. He specialized in finish work, crown molding and fine cabinetry. He also built lifelong friendships with many of his customers and was a father figure to the men who worked for him. The most prized project he ever built was his cabin on Two Sisters Lake in Northern Wisconsin which they named Serenity. Howie counted the days until the snow melted and he could open the cabin again welcoming family and friends and making so many wonderful memories, especially for the grandchildren he adored. Captain Howie loved to take pontoon boat rides, fish and sit around the bonfire for hours on end. The cabin was a continual work in progress, built on a solid foundation of love and the most beautiful legacy a man could leave. Consider yourself lucky if you have one of his handcrafted birdhouses.

Howie taught us all compassion through his words and actions, and that there is always room in your heart to love another person. He went out of his way to make people feel loved and thought of. He became an extension to so many other people’s families. He was a father and mentor to dozens of people which we were happy to share him with. Howie leaves behind countless people who will miss him and always lovingly remember him.

Howie is predeceased by his parents, Walter and Ethel Lindman; his wife, Pattie Lindman; and brother-in-law, Bruce Most. He is survived by his children, Lori (Doug) Johnson, Jeff Lindman and Gary Lindman; his grandchildren, Jenna (Patrick Lopardo) Lindman, Scott Copas and Danielle (Justin) Johnston; his sister Carol (Bruce) Most; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation Thursday, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a funeral service at 6:00 p.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Interment Private. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate support with a memorial in Howie’s name to Ignite Hope.





3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126






6:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126




In lieu of other expressions of sympathy the family would appreciate support with a memorial in Howie’s name to Ignite Hope.

6 comments on “Howard “Howie” W. Lindman
  1. Charles Rogers's says:

    Howie, my good friend, I miss you, but will never forget all of our many good times together. Charlie

  2. Sandy Moore says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Howard was truly a wonderful man. The first time I came into your home was to care for your mom, who was such a lovely lady. Howard made me feel so welcome. I always had such a hard time leaving because all we would do was talk. I am so thankful that I was able to see him in the fall before he headed back to Illinois. God bless you all!

  3. Diane Arndt says:

    Our hearts are broken with the loss of our second father, Howie. He was such a kind, gentle, sweet man. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him and to have been considered family to him.

    Love you Howie
    Kenny and Diane

  4. Olivia Quintero says:

    Gary, we are thinking of you and your family. Praying for strength and love during this difficult time.
    My condolences go out to the Lindman family.

    Olivia Quintero

  5. Tim Welter says:

    To Jeff and the the rest of the family. I was deeply saddened to hear of Howie’s passing. He and my Dad were 2 of the best craftsman/carpenters we have ever seen and they made a huge impact on my life and many others as well. Unfortunately I will be out of town and unable to attend the visitation, but please know that I am there in spirit. Howie will be missed and may he Rest In Peace.
    Tim Welter

  6. Keith A Wolf says:

    Jeff, Lori and Gary, Howie was one of the nicest people Sharon and I have ever met. We are sad for your loss. Sharon and I both believe there are higher forces than we can ever understand and our loved ones always send us subtle messages they are always with us. I am sure your Mom and Dad will be sending you those same messages, could be a flicker of lights, random door bell ring or some other signal they are with you. They are never really gone, they just aren’t here right now. Sorry for loss. Sharon and Keith.

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