Gordon M. Lindner, age 94, former Anderson County resident, died May 25, 2017, at the Webb House Retirement Center in McMinnville, Tennessee. Mr. Lindner was born May 5, 1923, in Great Falls, Montana, the son of the late Herbert and Nellie Lindner. He grew up in Great Falls where he was active in the Boy Scouts, Order of DeMolays (selected for the Chevalier Award), school sports, and school plays.
He entered the school of Engineering at Montana State College in 1941 on a scholarship and was awarded membership in the freshman engineering honorary society Phi Eta Sigma. It was at college he met Mary Jane White who he married on May 2, 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps meteorology program; after basic training, he was sent to the Army Specialized Training Program at City College of New York. In August of 1944, he was transferred to the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge as a member of the Special Engineer Detachment and assigned to the Y-12 engineering department until his discharge in May, 1946.
Mr. Lindner received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State College in 1947 where he was awarded membership in the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. A job offer brought the Lindners back to Oak Ridge in June of 1947, working first at Y-12 and then transferring to K-25.
The Lindners moved to Norris, Tennessee, in 1949. There he was active in the Norris Religious Fellowship Church, served on the Norris City Council and Board of Zoning, president of PTA, a member of the Norris Lion’s club, and participated in the Norris Little Theater.
He retired in 1985 with 38 years if company service in instrumentation and machine development with 5 patents. He was an active member of the United Church, Chapel on the Hill, serving on the board for the Holiday Bureau, as well as, the Atomic City Stamp Club. Believing in helping the community, Mr. Lindner volunteered at the Museum of Atomic Energy, the Methodist Medical Center, reading in the schools, as well as, speaking engagements, and took part in the Court Watch program for RID.
Mr. Lindner enjoyed traveling, gardening, golfing, bowling, and boasting. Learning new crafts, he worked with glass design, ham radio, weaving furniture, making flying miniature air planes, and other projects with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Galen Lindner, of Houston, Texas. In addition to his wife of 73 years, Mary Jane Lindner, he is survived by a son Gary Lindner and wife Martha of Duncan, South Carolina; a daughter Rosemary and Husband Raymond Nye of Bainbridge Island, Washington; and daughter Natalie and husband Larry Green of Smithville, Tennessee. He also leaves behind granddaughter Amy and husband Todd Faulkner of Moore, South Carolina; grandson Wesley and wife Jennifer Lindner of Orlando, Florida; granddaughter RaeAnn Nye of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandson Leland and wife Aleena Nye of Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughter Elizabeth and husband Barry Young of Smithville, Tennessee; and Tony Green of Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Lindner leaves great-grandchildren: Alex, Blake, Olivia Faulkner of Moore, South Carolina; Sadie, Hudson, and Ranger Lindner of Orlando, Florida; Callum Nye of Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacob and wife Laura, Katherine, and Kristen Parsley of Smithville, Tennessee. A special family to be mentioned is American Field Service student from 1964 Lindsay and wife Cally and family from New South Wales, Australia; along with several nieces and nephews.
A special celebration of Life is planned for later in the summer at the Chapel on the Hill.