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James William Lindberg


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James William Lindberg Obituary
James William Lindberg Sr. passed away on May 19th, 2018 with family around him. Jim was born November 24, 1935 in the Swedish community of Galva, Illinois where he lived with his mother Edythe and sister Anne and played basketball for Galva High School. In 1956 he drove out to California with four friends where he did a stint in the army at Fort Ord before finding work in the Air Defense industry and with TRW. He soon met his devoted wife JoAnn, who herself had come out west from Wisconsin, and they were married in May of 1963. They settled in Manhattan Beach and had two children, daughter Kelly and son Jim Jr.

Jim worked the rest of his career in the Air Cargo industry around LAX, first with Flying Tigers where he was one of the top producing sales reps in the region and later with Fed Ex. Jim was so well loved by his customers that many became life long friends. In 1972, he and JoAnn bought a second home on 24th place in Hermosa Beach where he raised his family and lived the rest of his life. In retirement he volunteered as an airport greeter and as an extra on the HBO series Deadwood. A vacation home in Palm Desert was his favorite getaway for the family where he loved golf, leading JoAnn around the dance floor, and pool time with his children, and later grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Always the life of the party, Jim could tell a story that rarely had an ending but he'd crack everyone up just trying to finish it. His generous love and hard work for his family were boundless.

Jim is survived by his wife JoAnn, his daughter Kelly Johnsen (Scott), his son Jim Lindberg (Jennifer), his grandchildren Ashley Garchitorena (Eddie), Makenna Herron (Jake), and Max Johnsen; Brighton, Emma and Kate Lindberg; and great grandchildren, Linnea and Axel Garchitorena. We will all miss you immensely 'Diamond' Jim.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer's Research at alz.org.
Published in The Beach Reporter on June 7, 2018
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