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September 23, 1943 ~ June 15, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Milton Eugene Lindner was born September 23, 1943, in Visalia, CA. Milton’s father was Edward Lindner, who was an orchardist and a pioneer in the domestic turkey business. As a young man, not quite 21, Edward and his father put a down payment on the current land in Lemon Cove, in March of 1925. Edward married Elsie Lane of Lemon Cove in 1936. Milton is survived by his wife (Pat), two sons, three stepsons, 10 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren.
With Milton’s birth in 1943, it was learned sometime after that he had a rheumatic heart condition, which meant his activities were monitored and slowed for a normal active youngster. A home teacher came 2 – 3 times a week, but by 3rd grade his physical condition improved and he entered the local school. While living on the ranch, more land had been acquired, and larger flocks of turkeys developed, and Milton learned ranching while working with his father. Milton graduated from Sequoia Union and went on to Exeter High. From there he attended nearly two years at Cal Poly, majoring in Ag. He married Sandy Foster and they had two sons, Scott Edward and Barry Alan, born 1960 and 1961. The parents separated when the boys were toddlers and lived with Milton at Ed & Elsie’s house in Lemon Cove. At this time, Milton was working for General Cable Co. in Lindsay, CA. Milton met Patricia “Pat” Randell Kagy and they later married in Las Vegas on June 9, 1974. He passed a few days after their 49th anniversary.
Pat has 3 sons, Chris, Wayne and Dennis, all about same ages as Milton’s two sons. It was one busy household with boys in school and Pat and Milton, both working, out of the home. Eventually, Milton retired from General Cable and helped his father with turkeys and citrus orchard. The large “L” on the eastern hill overlooking Lemon Cove, was an idea of Elsie’s; “L” for Lane, Lindner and Lemon Cove. He eventually branched out with his own trucking business delivering various aggregates to customers needing assistance on their property. During the early 1970’s, Milton, Pat and boys would go camping, hiking and spelunking; sometimes going into the caves by rope and other times spending hours trying to find them.
Milton was one of several volunteer firemen for many years with the Lemon Cove Fire Dept. He also belonged to the local Irrigation Company, which held quarterly meetings. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau. In years past, Milton traveled many, many times to Bishop, CA, where his Uncle lived and mined. He also traveled several times to WA, to see another uncle, and on turkey business trips to BC, Canada. In 1955, the family of 5 drove to Mexico City and stayed with his father’s brother and family. Then in 1957, Milton traveled by car to the East coast with his mother, sisters, and Lane grandparents. They visited and/or stayed with family and friends along the way.
Occasionally Milton and Pat got away from Lemon Cove to go to the coast or mountains. He thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of his own home. He liked the little town of Lemon Cove, family nearby, friends and the surrounding mountains. He always said he had no plans to move away as he loved the area.
A graveside service will take place on Friday, June 30, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at the Woodlake Public Cemetery...