September 17, 2013


Doyle Dean Lindahl, 82, of Austin, Minn., died Sunday morning, Sept. 15, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 24, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin with Pastor Kevin Gunion officiating.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Hayward Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. Memorials are preferred to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

He was born March 15, 1931, in Carroll County, Iowa, to Barney and Fern (Cuthbertson) Lindahl. After graduating from Glidden High School in Glidden, Iowa, Doyle served in the U.S. Army (Korean War) for two terms, achieving the rank of sergeant. Following his discharge, he worked in sales for Gamble-Robinson and also worked for Hormel Foods Corp. and as a deputy sheriff in Mower County from 1955-1963. From 1963-1967, Mr. Lindahl served as Mower County sheriff. He then owned and operated the Alcove Supper Club in Austin, before working as a draftsman for Nordaas-American Homes in Minnesota Lake and for Walters Building Co.

On Sept. 14, 1952, Doyle married Bernice Weber in Austin. The couple later divorced. On Nov. 24, 1975, Doyle and Linda Hansen were married in Mason City, Iowa. Doyle and Linda did foster care from 1984-2013. A member of the VFW and a commander of American Legion Post 91 from 2005-2006, Doyle started the Minnesota Sheriff's Boys Ranch in Austin in 1963. This was the second boys' ranch operating in the United States. He believed in using common sense to treat criminals as human beings.

He enjoyed playing cards, league bowling, golf, and he especially loved helping troubled youth. He loved to dance and taught dance lessons.

Survivors include his wife Linda Lindahl of Austin; his children Lynda (John) Mikkelson of Cresco, Iowa, Deborah (Richard) Thorson of Alden, Minn., Behren "Bucky" Lindahl and Pamela Lindahl, both of Austin; eight grandchildren, Chad (Heather) Foster, Stephanie (Troy) Scholbrock, Todd (Amanda) Foster, Stacey (Brad) Losee, Troy (Christine Holtz) Thorson, Tiffany (Mitchell) Swanson, Shane Thorson, Derek (Nicole) Thorson; 17 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Robin (Dale) Drees of Appleton, Wis., Kelly (Doug) Mehus and Kim (David) Flugum, both of Austin; five step-grandchildren; siblings Beverly Staples of Brownsdale, Minn., Larry (Geri) Lindahl of Greenfield, Mo., Sharon (James) Ginn of Lake Mary, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents Barney and Fern Lindahl, two brothers Byrdale and Gayle Lindahl, one sister Pamela Bargen, sister-in-law Em "Sis" Lindahl, and foster daughter Barbara Michele Thompson.