Walter E. Lindner

POYNETTE – Walter E. Lindner peacefully passed from this earth on  Friday, January 26, 2024.

Walter was born on May 2, 1937, the only child of Edwin and Elizabeth Lindner.  He was a baptized member of the Inch Methodist Church, and a lifelong resident of the Dekorra / Lowville area. On October 20, 1956, he married Beatrice Woodward, and they had three children.  Brian (Kathryn) Lindner, Janice (Scott) Olson and Grant (Kristen) Lindner.

Walter began his adult life hauling peas and sweet corn to the local canning factory, and he had a can milk route for a time.  This led to the purchase of a livestock trucking business, which had him hauling cattle for the local farmers to Oscar Mayer in Madison and the Milwaukee stockyards.

In 1968, he trucking business was sold and the couple purchased the farm he would operate for the rest of his life.  For the next 50 years, the family would milk cows, raise heifers and feed steer.  In the 60’s and 70’s, Walter also custom filled silos and picked ear corn for local farmers.

In the mid 70’s, Walter and Brian rebuilt a 1955 Chevy that came out of a local junkyard.  This led to him restoring a ’55 Chevy in the early 80’s that he had purchased and towed up from the state of Georgia.  Walt and Bea became very active members of the Classic Chevy Club of Wisconsin, and attended many car shows in the 80’s and 90’s, winning many trophies with the car.  They also organized the annual car show at the Trecek dealership in Portage for 20 years.

For a ten-year period starting in the late 90’s, Walter was the number one sponsor and fan of son, Grant’s stock car racing effort.  Walt and Bea were proudly in the stands every Friday night at the Columbus 151 Speedway cheering him on!

Walter enjoyed fishing in the Wisconsin River in his younger days, and deer hunting on the farm later on.

Walter is survived by five grandchildren, Allyce, Jacob, Suzanne, Angela and Arden;  and nine great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Scott Olson.  

A visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and celebration of life at 11:00 a.m. will be held at the Poynette United Methodist Church on Friday, February 2, 2024.  A private interment will be held at the Rocky Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity or to Agrace Hospice, who gave Walt such wonderful care.    

Pflanz Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.