Col. George M. Lind, 77, of Arkansas City, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at his home.
Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Military graveside honors will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City. A visitation is from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. that day.
A memorial has been established in his name with the Cowley County Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 925, Arkansas City, KS 67005.
George Michael “Mike” Lind was born on July 17, 1943, the son of George Winfield and Marguerite Lillian (Thomas) Lind. He went to grade school at Martha Washington, north of Ark City. He was a member of the Methodist Boy Scout Troop 328, and graduated from Arkansas High School in 1961.
He began his military career by enlisting at the age of 17 on July 18, 1960 in “Echo” Company, 1st Bn, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, Kansas Army National Guard, Arkansas City. After rising in the ranks to staff sergeant, he attended the Kansas Military Academy Officer Candidate School and received his commission as a second lieutenant April 22, 1967. Through the next 30 years he served in company, battalion, division and Army Reserve Command levels. One assignment was a two-year tour with the 2nd Eskimo Scout Battalion in Bethel, Alaska. As a lieutenant colonel then colonel in the Army Guard Reserve program, he served six years on the Army general staff and in the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. Then he was assigned as director, resource management of the Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis, Mo., where he served throughout the Gulf War Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations.
Throughout his military career, Col. Lind received many awards, including the Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one Service Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hourglass Device, the Army Superior Unit Award, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 1, Kansas State Five Year Service Medal, Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Army General Staff Identification Badge, Excellence in Competition Badge (Bronze Pistol), and Expert Marksmanship Badges for the .45 Cal. Pistol, as well as the M-1, M-14, and M-16 Military Service Rifles. As a sergeant he was a member of the 1st Armored Division’s Advanced Marksmanship Unit, and as an officer was the pistol team captain for the 89th Training Division, taking second place in the Fifth Army Area’s competition. He was inducted in the Kansas Army National Guard Officer Candidate School’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 15, 2014, and he was inducted in the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on March 11, 2020.
Col. Lind was member of the First Church of Christ Scientist locally and in Boston. He was also a part of several organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cowley County Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed target shooting and military history. Col. Lind had a deep and abiding love for God, country and family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Daniel Lind and his wife, Bobbie.
Surviving to honor his memory are his wife of 55 years, Sharon, of the home; his six children, Elizabeth Harned (Brian), of Johnson Creek, Wis., George Michael Lind Jr., of Puerto Rico, Rebecca Louise Lind, of Indian Head, Md., Rachel Shana Bretz (David), of Houston, Thomas Edward Lind (Kristina), of Princeton, N.J., and Nathan Daniel Lind, of Fort Worth, Texas; his nephew, Ethan Lind, of Arkansas City; and his 12 grandchildren, Sarah Beth, Noah, Phoebe, Christopher, Parker, Austin, Daniel, Aiden, Jacob, Emily, Hannah and Lillian.