Archive for Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Scholarship fund remembers 4-H supporter

December 15, 1999

A longtime advocate and participant in Leavenworth County 4-H will be remembered with an education scholarship fund.

Ronald "Ronnie" Lindel, who died four weeks ago after a heart attack at age 58, was a dairy farmer who was very active in Leavenworth County 4-H as a youth.

"He was energetic," said Ralph Rector, who retired in 1984 as Leavenworth County 4-H agent. "What can I say? He stuck to business. He was a state dairy champion. He was kind of quiet.

"Ronnie was a 4-H member, and his mother was a 4-H leader when I first came to the county. I watched him grow up, to a certain extent. He seemed to be into his projects. He was always a regular participant in things."

Lindel's mother, Helen Lindel, said she's pleased that 4-H members may obtain help with their educations from the scholarship fund, which has been established by the Leavenworth County 4-H Foundation.

"Those are the good days of my life, those 4-H days when I had all of those kids to take care of," Mrs. Lindel said.

Mrs. Lindel and her husband, William Lindel, worked for many years with the Basehor Rustlers 4-H Club.

"Ronnie went in as young as he could go into 4-H, and it had been his life until it was time to quit," Mrs. Lindel said.

"I just think 4-H is a wonderful thing for the kids. We really enjoyed it."

Contributions to the Ronnie Lindel Memorial Fund may be sent to The First State Bank, P.O. Box 219, Tonganoxie 66086.

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