Theodore Philip (Ted) Lindgren

VENTURA, Calif. — Theodore Philip (Ted) Lindgren, 78, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Ventura, California. Ted was born in Houghton County, Michigan, to parents John Arthur and Signe Elina (Wiideman) Lindgren.

After spending his childhood in Toivola, he moved with his family to California during the 1950’s, returning as frequently as possible to spend time on the family farm located within walking distance of Lake Superior. Ted attended high school in San Diego, California, followed by four years in Arizona as a Titan II missile communications specialist for the United States Air Force.

He then attended San Diego State University, where he earned bachelor of science and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.

During his career, Ted was admired and respected by military and civilian employers alike, as well as by colleagues, for his amazing creativity and superior problem-solving skills as a systems engineer.

Among his many hobbies were model railroading, building and flying model airplanes, and communicating with his friends in the ham radio field. Ted was a patent holder, a private pilot, and a terrific father.

Ted is survived by his daughters Janna Salak (Bill) and Amy Lindgren, M.D.; granddaughters Caroline Skubik, Dezarea Strauch (Keston), Kallista Salak, and Kenley Salak; brothers W. John (Niko) Lindgren and Gary (Kitty) Lindgren; nephews Eric Simpson, James Alan Rosberg, Kevin (Christine) Lindgren, and Jason (Yuka) Lindgren and their daughter Leila; nieces Debbie Powell (Jim) and their daughters Clarissa and Brittney, Anneli Labins (Bruce), and Sherri Rosberg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers John Edward Lindgren, James Robert (Bob) Lindgren, and Rodney Lindgren; and his sisters Florence Rosberg and Jane Simpson.

Ted cherished the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during his entire life, and as an adult he frequently spent summers appreciating the surroundings and doing projects on the family farm near Misery Bay in Ontonagon County.

Arrangements for a graveside service with a military Chaplin to be held at the Toivola Cemetery in August are under the direction of Mountain View Mortuary, South Range.