John Lind

John Lind  was born on March 25, 1926 and died on October 16, 2020. His parents were William Lind and Amalie Koch Lind. He was born north of Hardin Montana and lived in the Big Horn Valley all his life. He attended 9 Mile School, and Hardin Schools and ultimately obtained his GED in 1969. His schooling was interrupted as he began his farming and ranching career at the age of 14 after his parents had moved to St. Xavier.  After his father passed, he farmed for his mother and he purchased the Spotted Rabbit Crossing place that is now known as Three Mile Fishing Access. 

In 1972 he was elected to the Board of County Commissioners attaining chairmanship and serving until 1984. He also served on various community boards all his life.  He was proud to be a farmer and a rancher and to his last days he worked. Work was his hobby, Irrigation was his passion and Ranching was his occupation. He was a Rancher in Saint Xavier and north of Hardin. He was proud of his occupation.

He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings Jake, Bill, Molly, Fred, Carl, Katherine, Leo, and Harold.    He is survived by sisters Mary Frickle and Pearl Rider (Gene). 

He married the love of his life Dollean Young  12/11/1951 and lost her in 1992. He is survived by three children, Kenneth (Coleen) of Billings, Sally Watt (Ed) of Crow Agency, and Myron (Stephanie) of Hardin. He is survived by grand children Sam Lind (Chante), Megan Lind, Elissa Lind, Angeleena Lind,  Jonna Lind, Cody Reese (Sarah) and Brittney Wegner (Kara).  Great grand children Tia Lind, Aliza Lind, Samantha Lind, Briella Olszewski, Haliegh Reese, Ryan Reese, Alexis Krebs, Rhianna Wegner, Huyana Wegner,  and Payton Wegner. 

John had a special affection for many in the Native American Community and was always pleased to be greeted by his Native friends and acquaintances, cherishing any opportunity to reminisce old times.

He was blessed with many life-long friends, most of whom he missed after they passed away.  A special friend, Esther Ottun, and he shared a lot of good times and were companions for many years and he grieved over her loss.

In his later years he enjoyed having coffee and sharing tall tales with a number of friends and always expressed fondness for the Bill Fox family because they shared many good and hard days as neighbors.

No description of John would be complete without mentioning the pleasure he found in teasing and his ability to keep a straight face.  His ability to construct an outrageous yarn was impressive. 

Donations in his memory can  be made to Big Horn County Historical Museum, Hardin, MT. Graveside Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, at Fairview Cemetery  in Hardin. Celebration of Life will be held spring of 2021 when safe from COVID 19.   

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