Stephen E. Lindsley | Obituary
On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, our beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, Stephen E. Lindsley, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of natural causes.
Stephen E. Lindsley was born January 29, 1946 in Hamilton, Ohio, to Wilber and Lola Inloes Lindsley. Steve attended elementary school in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. At the age of 14, his father passed away and the family moved to Lacrosse, Kan., Where he gained four new siblings and a new baby sister was added a little later.
After graduating from high school, Steve attended Fort Hays State College where he received his undergraduate degree. He married Carol Herbel in 1968 and joined the United States Army as an officer in 1970. While stationed in Germany, Steve and Carol added two children to their family, Rebecca and Eric. When the family returned to the United States, Steve again enrolled at Fort Hays State College and completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology.
With his Masters in hand, Steve and his family moved to Lewiston where he began his career with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Adult and Children’s Mental Health Services. While working with the Adult Mental Health Program, Steve became responsible for conducting court-ordered assessments of adults accused of sexual offenses. As only Steve could do, he became determined to get the job done right. His goal is to educate himself and keep abreast of the literature to ensure that he is always providing the best assessments and treatments. During his career in the state, Steve became involved in an affair that became national news. When “The MacNeil / Lehrer Report” newscast interviewed him and his interview appeared in the Seattle Times and The New York Times, his colleagues had a great time teasing him about being a celebrity. This career path also saw him open his own private practice at Valley Treatment Specialties, in addition to his work in the state.
After his first marriage ended, Steve later married Sandy Mundell. Becca and Eric lived with their father, attended, and graduated from Lewiston High School. After graduating from high school, Steve and Sandy divorced.
In 2003, Steve met Lisa Deyoe at work. After their first cruise date at the 2004 Hot August Nights in his newly restored 1977 Corvette, they would spend 17 wonderful years together.
Steve was a bit of a Renaissance man. He had many interests and hobbies. He looked for new challenges and worked until he perfected them. Deciding that he wanted to learn to sail, he bought a sailboat, inquired about it, and learned to sail himself.
Steve loved working in his carpentry shop. He built many beautiful pieces of furniture including an oak bed frame and a beautiful oak pendulum wall clock. He loved to restore classic sports cars and owned many Datsun 240Z, Corvettes and MGs. He undertook a total restoration of a 1963 Chevrolet Impala before his health could no longer allow him to complete the task.
In 2014 Steve was paralyzed from an abscess in his cervical spinal cord. Initially paralyzed from the neck down, his determination allowed him to resume some use of his arms. Although he was no longer able to work in his carpentry shop or auto shop, Steve continued to find new hobbies to keep him busy. He built model ships, learned how to clean and repair antique fireplace clocks, stepped up his coin collecting and began collecting Schrade pocket knives until he had several complete sets. , which he displayed in his home office. Steve was excited about target shooting. Although no longer able to wield a rifle, he became quite accomplished with his 22 caliber target pistols. With the help of his neighbor friend Steve, the two Steves became weekly regulars at the Diamondback Shooting Range. . Eventually Steve was even able to use a little lathe and started making wooden pens and letter openers for family and friends.
Steve had a bad sense of humor. He loved playing practical jokes at work and on his grandchildren. His favorite was a demonstration that would result in the child (or the adult if he could catch them) splashed with water on his face. He loved classic rock’n’roll and often found himself in his garage workshop with loud music.
Steve is survived by his wife, Lisa, and children Becca Alcorn (Reg) and Eric (Edelyn) Lindsley. He is also survived by his bonus children Ryan (Abbi) Deyoe and Sarah (Travus) Best, and his grandchildren Kristina (Eric), Andrew, Savannah, Jake, Jackie, Abby, Ty, Gretchen, Deegan, Silas and Lucy. as well as a great-granddaughter, Kaylin.
In addition to his wife and children, Steve is survived by siblings Wren, Michael, Robin, Susan, Paul, Ann, Mimi and Connie. Steve returns home to join his parents and grandparents, who predeceased him.
A memorial service and lunch will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 31 at the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, (formerly the Red Lion Hotel) in Port 4. The service will also be streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/ michael.ide. The service will also be available through Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/i/86427824281?pwd=UU5BNGh2VllPb2NNbCtBclg2TnVNQT09, Meeting ID: 864 2782 4281, Passcode: Steve.
The family would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who touched Steve’s life and gave him the opportunity to live his life to the fullest. A special thank you to Linda Solar, Steve’s longtime caregiver who became so much more than just a caregiver. She became a true friend and her life was enriched with each day she spent with him.