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Ned LaRue Lindquist
(03-31-1943 - 08-20-2020)

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Ned LaRue Lindquist, age 77, died on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home in Elgin.
He was born on March 31, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Roy and Olive Lindquist. At age 8, Ned, his parents and younger brother, Burton, moved to Turlock, California. Ned excelled at a variety of sports throughout his youth, including football, track and baseball.
Upon his high school graduation, he attended North Park College in Chicago, where he met his wife Jennifer Anderson. The pair married on August 19, 1967 and marked their 53-year anniversary in 2020. Ned was a member of the North Park football team and graduated with the class of 1966.
A history and education major, Ned began his illustrious teaching career at Hickory Hill Junior High School in Carpentersville, Illinois. The great majority of his tenure was spent at Barrington Middle School (Station Campus and Prairie Campus). Ned taught American History in the same school district for 43 years, in the process becoming a legendary figure who successfully engaged multiple generations of students to love the subject. Ned’s peerless storytelling hooked the seventh and eighth graders in his charge. He was respected and beloved by his faculty peers due to his generosity, wit and kindness.
The Lindquists are long-time Elgin residents, where they raised their daughter Sarah and son Nathan. Along with his wife and children, Ned is survived by four grandsons – James, Lukas, Sebastian and Ethan. Dubbed with the grandfatherly-moniker “Paw”, he brought immense joy to their young lives.
One of Ned’s defining attributes was his love of travel. He regularly traversed the western United States each summer, seeking out historical landmarks and striking landscape scenery. Wherever Ned was, his omnipresent camera was there to capture the moment. Climbing mountains was a favorite pastime. He hiked to the summit of nearly every major peak in the contiguous U.S. in the company of his fellow outdoor-enthusiast friends. Ned also brought his family to many of the national parks and scenic locations across America, with the scope of his adventures expanding to Europe as well.
As great lovers of classical music, Ned and Jennifer regularly attended the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as subscribers for more than 40 years.
Ned was a frequent gift giver of all types, especially books which he spent copious time curating and organizing. Historical biographies and children’s books made up the majority of his overflowing collection. It was not unusual for him to be awake reading until 3 or 4 AM in his retirement years.
Ned’s teaching acumen was also utilized within his church – First Baptist of Elgin. He was revered as a favorite Sunday school teacher for decades, portraying various biblical characters in his inimitable style.
A man characterized by his warm, giving and generous spirit, he will be supremely missed by all who knew him.
An outdoor memorial service will be held Saturday, September 5 starting at 10 AM at First Baptist Church (1735 West Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60123). Memorials/donations may be made in Ned’s name to First Baptist Church’s missions fund.
 

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