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June 23, 1938 – Thursday, January 12, 2012

Service Information
United Methodist Church in Buffalo
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
1:00 P.M. until time of Servic

Lynden Charles ‘Lindy’ McLain, age 73, of Buffalo passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at his home.

He was born on June 23, 1938 in Renville County, the son of Arlyn & Ruth Eggert McLain
Lindy graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1956 and later attended Mankato State University for two years. He played baseball as a kid and in high school, and then town ball for the Hutchinson Hornets. He was a left-handed junk ball pitcher.

Lindy honorably served his Country in The United State Army and was a proud paratrooper in The 82nd Airborne Division.

On September 4TH 1965 Lindy married his best friend, Dianne Soule, in Madison South Dakota, and over the years raised three children together.

Lindy was a former business owner in Hutchinson and later a banker at First State Federal in Buffalo, where he was also the branch manager.

Lindy was a faithful member of The United Methodist Church in Buffalo where he served as Lay Leader, He was involved in the
formation of The Men’s Club and served on the Finance Committee.

Lindy was also past President of The Buffalo Rotary Club, past President of The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, a Master of The Masonic
Blue Lodge and participated in many other civic activities over the years.

Lindy was a woodworker at heart and truly enjoyed creating many beautiful pieces of furniture. After his retirement, he happily spent a few years building Grandfather Clocks at Kuempel Clock and Chime Company in Deephaven.

Family meant everything to Lindy and he lived his life by example. He loved Dianne and was a very devoted Dad and Grandpa. He always had time to listen and would help anyone in any way he could.
He loved spending time with his family at the cabin, and will also be remembered as an inspiration to many in little guy football and baseball.

Lindy was a very compassionate person who took pride in Buffalo and will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, neighbors, Church
Community and Civic Groups. This special man was one-of-a-kind and he lived his life well.
Sleep Well, Grampa. We Love You.

Lindy is survived by his loving wife of forty six years, Dianne; his children: Jennifer McLain Bahr, Jeremy (Tom) Rupprecht and Luke
(Erin) McLain; grandchildren: Elise (fiance Kevin), Jack, Brenna, Lauren, Ella, Zoe & Connor; a sister: Sandra (Matt) Knott; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law: DeEtta Nelson, Doug (Linda) Soule and Dick (Lois) Soule; one niece, six nephews; family friend: Ted; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dale and his father-in-law & mother-in-law: Harold & Idoris Soule.

A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 3:00 P.M. at The United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Pastor Jef Olson will officiate.

A visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

16 Guestbook Entries

  1. Allison Moser

    Dianne and family–
    We think of you often and pray that the memories you have shared will bring you comfort at this time. You are all so special to us. Please know that many people are holding you up this week and in the weeks ahead.
    Love–Harvey and Allison Moser (of course Janeen and Jeff, too)

  2. pam schendel

    Dianne, So sorry to hear of Lynde’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Pam (Country Floral)

  3. Kathy Runkel

    Dianne and family, sorry to hear of Lindy’s passing. My Mom and Dad will sorely miss their friend and neighbor. Love to you. Kathy Ellefson Runkel

  4. Ruth Ann Lade

    Dianne and family; I was so saddened to read of Lindy’s passing. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to visit with both you a while ago. My dad so loved Lindy and his humor and love for life. May each of you feel the arms of Jesus holding you close to His heart at this time. May you feel Lindy around you when the sun shines, the stars twinkle and the rain falls…he will forever be by your side.
    Blessings, peace and comfort.
    God is good!!!
    Ruth Ann

  5. Karen Swart

    Diane and family,
    Mark and I are so sorry to hear about Lindy’s passing. His kindness, humor and acute interest in people made him such a treasure to know. I know we may not have known him well, but he always made us feel like friends! I will miss his hello’s and chats when I went on my walks, the world is a little less bright and warm without him in it. He will be missed.

  6. Vickie Halvorson

    Diane and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand the pain of your loss. Lindy was a true and gentle spirit who will be missed by so many. I am so glad that I had the chance to know him. I send my love and prayers.

  7. Anne Ackmann

    Dear Dianne & family,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Please accept my condolences. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Fondly, Anne

  8. Brenda (Bodin) Moy

    I wish you and your family peace and comfort at this sad time in your lives. It’s hard to say goodbye to dads, especially good ones. I have fond memories of the McLain family from spending time at your house in high school.
    God bless,

  9. Kiara Jorgenson

    McLain Family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you, wonderful neighbors throughout the years. Lindy was a special part of my upbringing and held such a place of influence in the lives of many young people, no doubt. May your time together as family be filled with wonderful stories, tears to honor his memory, and the space to remember well.

  10. Vonnie Putney Daak

    Sandy and family; I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Every time I think of Lindy I always picture Duffer in my mind and it makes me smile. God bless!

  11. Ted Helland

    Mrs. McLain, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Kirsti Hein

    Dianne and family,
    So sorry for the loss of Lynde, what a GREAT man! We are thinking of you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kirsti Hein and Family

  13. Kirsti Hein

    Dianne and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Lynde’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Kirsti Hein and Family

  14. Leslie (Sutton) Holker

    Dianne: Geri told me of your husband’s passing and I just wanted to let you know I am so sorry. I have included you in my prayers and my thoughts are with you and your family. I will pass your loss along to Ashley & Cody. Both of them just loved you as their teacher and you are their favorite after all these years. God Bless Dianne and again, I am truly sorry for your loss. Leslie

  15. Mary Christianson Sommerness

    My sister Bev passed on the news of your brother’s death. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and am sorry for your loss. I do remember your brother as being so much fun in church and at your house, when you and I used to play Canasta for hours on end. Mary

  16. Norma K. Lease Shaw

    Dear Dianne, So sorry of the news of your loss. May your family and friends be close to you at this time. May God comfort you as you mourn. My sympathy goes out to you. Your classmate from long ago, Norma Kay


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