Bruce E. Lindgren

Obituary for Bruce E. Lindgren

March 19, 1957 - March 12, 2019
Aurora, Illinois | Age 61


Bruce E. Lindgren, 61, of Aurora, former President of DACO Incorporated, died peacefully in his home on March 11, 2019, after a six-year battle with ALS.
Bruce was a lifelong Aurora resident, born and raised on the west side, where he also later raised a family with his beloved wife of nearly 40 years, Meredith.
A multifaceted young man, Bruce broke the two-mile distance record at West Aurora High School where he also sang in acapella choir and was recognized in the National Honors Society. Later, at Purdue University, Bruce flourished in mechanical engineering, rising to Dean's List and a cooperative internship at Caterpillar.

Bruce cared deeply about his connection to the Theta Tau National Engineering Fraternity, for which he was president of the Alumni Association for many years.

After graduating from Purdue, Bruce, now married to college sweetheart Meredith, worked in engine sales for Caterpillar, before eventually moving back to Aurora to work for the family business under his father, Robert F. Lindgren, at DACO Incorporated. In partnership with his brother Ken, he helmed DACO for many years and was well respected in the contract machining industry.

In addition to his professional career, Bruce was a man of faith, and a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church where he headed many successful initiatives and looked forward to his monthly Mug Club meetings. He greatly appreciated that in recent years the members brought the Club to him when he could no longer travel.

Bruce was active in the community, and incredibly proud of Boy Scout Troop 11, his mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the charity Recycle Your Bicycle, which he founded.

Bruce and Meredith valued the support of the ALS Association, and every year captained a team for the Walk to Defeat ALS, Brucester's Brewsters, which has raised over $100,000 for ALS research and treatment.

Bruce nurtured a lifelong love of adventure and relished connecting with people and cultures. An avid traveler, he enjoyed trips professionally and personally across the globe, but his favorite place was his family's home in northern Wisconsin. He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends and drinking his favorite beers.

He is survived by his wife, Meredith (Nickels), three children, Eric of Asheville, NC, Madeline (Timothy Mandel) of Elgin, IL, and Philip (Sarah), and their son Bruce, his namesake, of Roselle, IL; also, two sisters, one brother, and many nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins, extended family, and dear friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. and Jennie Lindgren, and brother, Kenneth Lindgren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, March 17, from 1-5pm at Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL. Memorial service will be Monday, March 18, at 11am at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May Street, Aurora, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the ALS Association: Chicago Chapter and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Bruce's exuberance and wry wit will live on: "You don't want to peak too soon."

Memorial Service

Monday, March 18
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Wesley United Methodist Church
14 N. May St.
Aurora, IL 60506

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