Lind, LeRoy 85, of Plymouth, MN, passed away peacefully at home on September 27, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Ellen (Sanden) Lind, his wife of over 50 years Patricia (Solle) Lind, his son Bob Lind, and his good friend Jackie Fish. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathy & Greg Nelson, his grandson Kevin Nelson, his brother and sister-in-law Gordon & Jerri Lind, and other friends and relatives. LeRoy was born on October 10, 1935. He grew up on a farm in Ham Lake, MN, where he attended a one-room grade school, then went on to attend Anoka High School. After one year at Dunwoody Institute for machinist training, he worked as a machinist for several years. He then enlisted in the US Air Force, who sent LeRoy to electronics school in Biloxi, MS. He served for 4 years and ended his military career as a Staff Sergeant. LeRoy married Pat Solle in 1957. She accompanied him from a military posting in Newfoundland to Wisconsin, where LeRoy completed a degree in electrical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering, funded by the GI Bill and Pat working. The couple moved to Hopkins, MN, where LeRoy worked at Honeywell for 7 years. This was a great job, but not the right fit for LeRoy, who learned he preferred smaller companies. LeRoy started Lind Electronics in 1975 in the basement of his home in Minnetonka, MN. The firm employed family members and neighborhood youth in the early years. During the startup years, Pat supported the family with a crafts business and many years of employment at JC Penney's Ridgedale store. Business growth was slow for the initial decade until an opportunity to make accessories for the early Apple laptop computers came along. The company has gone on to build laptop power supplies for IBM, Panasonic, Dell, HP and others. LeRoy was proud that his business, still headquartered in Minnetonka, has grown to currently employ around 80 people. He was grateful for the strength of the company's employees, their long tenure, and their shared success. For many years, LeRoy enjoyed traveling over much of the world, photography, and antique camera collecting. For the last couple of years, LeRoy spent much time at home finishing up his bucket list, including jotting down his life story, organizing his thousands of photos, reading hundreds of books, and, just in the last several weeks, cleaning out his garage and basement (or, as he preferred to view it, "leading the sale of his collected treasures") by what he called "the best garage sale ever" as well as a professional auction. He was a very proud man, and was pleased to be able to remain in his home to the end. We wish to extend a special thanks to the many medical professionals, home healthcare providers, personal assistants, household service providers, Lind Electronics employees, business advisors, friends, family, and others who made his last few years of independent living possible during his extended kidney dialysis treatment. A private celebration of LeRoy's life will be scheduled at a later date.
Published on October 1, 2021
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