James Lindberg Obituary

James G Lindberg
James (Jim) Lindberg
James G Lindberg

September 19, 1940 - September 23, 2021
Born in Grand Rapids, MI
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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He led a charmed life, ’til he didn’t. James G. Lindberg 81 of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2021, at Bright Kavanagh House after a very short bout with pancreatic cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future. The Grand Rapids, MI native was born on September 19, 1940 to George H. and Florence E. Lindberg. Jim earned his BA from Kalamazoo College and PhD from Baylor University. In 1967 he joined the chemistry faculty of Drake University from which he retired in 2002. While he published and presented a number of scientific papers, his passion was teaching with a career spanning 48 years, primarily at Drake (35 years) but with visiting positions at Grinnell College (13 years), Stanford University (3 years), and University of Oregon. In his retirement Jim developed a passion for genealogy and gardening and continued a long history of wonderful travels with his wife Sandy as a bonus.

Jim is survived by his wife and partner of 28 years, Sandra K. Renshaw, his former wife Harriette Tsosie (Cat Tsosie) of Albuquerque, NM and mother of their children, Katherine J. Lindberg (Mark Edstrom) of Fort Collins, CO, James M. Lindberg (Lynn) of Urbandale, IA, and Erica K. Zoretic (Nick) of St. Charles, IL, by his sister Judith K. Shoolery of Half Moon Bay, CA, as well as dear nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and thousands of students and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Jim requested that you support education in its most inclusive expressions: Montessori, public schools, private and public colleges and universities.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST/ 10:00 a.m. PST, as we honor Jim and his return to the Earth.

To join the Zoom ceremony, please click the link below. We will open the Zoom at 11:50 a.m. CST.





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Des Moines, IA US 50322