Arthur “Art” Eugene Lind, 80, passed away July 6, 2021, at his home in Great Bend. He was born April 7, 1941, at Windsor, Colorado to Henry & Eugenia (Leffler) Lind and grew up on the family farm near Eaton, Colorado with two brothers and three sisters. Upon graduating from Eaton High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado where he competed as a sprinter and hurdler on the track team. It was in Greeley, that he met his wife Barbara Clarise Hennigh. They were married in June of 1963 in Greeley.
Art began his teaching career in North Platte, Nebraska, where their first son Aaron Mitchell Lind was born. He survives with his wife Denise and resides in Greensburg, Kansas. Art then moved his family to New Laguna, New Mexico where he taught and coached on a reservation. While living in New Laguna, his daughter Katrina was born. She survives and resides in Ashland, Kansas with her husband Jeff Krier. Two years later a son, Michael, was born. He survives and resides in Kansas with his wife Nichole.
Next, Art moved his family to Buckeye, Arizona. Through the years, he taught various subjects, including American History, Government, and Physical Education, but his true passion in teaching was woodworking and coaching football and track. He was great at it, impacting countless lives through his teaching and coaching. He coached a State Championship Track Team in 1975 and two Football teams that vied for the state championship in 1980 and 1981. Summers in Buckeye were spent working on the grape farm, taking the family camping, and helping Barbara’s dad, Harold, with wheat harvest in Kansas.
In 1981, Art survived a life-changing stroke that left him unable to continue to teach or coach. With a sense of humor, determination, grit, and faith in Jesus he overcame these hurdles in life the same way he had on the track. Life was now different, but not over. He moved back to his family home in Eaton, Colorado, and found employment in a local woodshop. In 1999, he moved to Greensburg, Kansas to be close to his children and their families. Art is survived by his six grandchildren: Kalee (Owen) Clemens, Augustus Krier, Evan, Grady, Cade, and Holden Lind, and extended family of David Way, Joshua Burnett, Sarah Burnett, Davie Burnett, Ashley Kinner, and Alicia Kinner.
In 2007, an EF5 tornado destroyed his home in Greensburg, and Art relocated to Great Bend, Kansas. He became a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and took pride in caring for the church lawn. While in the Great Bend area, he took joy in seeing his children and grandchildren. He worked in his woodshop building benches, chairs, and trunks, selling some, but giving most to family and friends. He grew a productive garden, loved reading a good book, playing dominoes, watching an old western or a good football game, track meet or basketball game, as well as visiting with his loving neighbors. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. We take comfort in knowing he is with Jesus.
Other survivors include a brother, Jerald Lind (LaSalle, CO); two sisters, Ina Vigil (Centennial, CO) and Marlene Murray (Davenport, IA). He was preceded in death by Barbara; his parents; a brother (Albert Lind); and a sister (Louella Foss).
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Bryant Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2021, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend, Kansas, with Reverend Adam Wutka presiding. Burial details are pending. Memorials have been designated to St. Mark Lutheran Church, in the care of Bryant Funeral Home.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 9, 2021