Richard A. Lindekens

Lindekens pushed back from the gate and took flight on his next adventure 9 Nov 17, where he is now flying high above the planes and eagles he so loved.

He was born June 14, 1947, appropriately on Flag Day and the U.S. Army birthday, in Pasadena, CA, to Frances and Herbert Lindekens. From early on he had a love of flying and spent his career flying helicopters in Panama, the Amazon Jungle, Alaska, and for the Army. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran until the end. A true patriot, he retired with full military honors after 20 years of service. He met his wife Raelynn Pedersen in the National Guard where they shared a love of flight. He became a corporate pilot for Fluor Corporation where he developed a love of international travel. This love of flying took him to work for AirCal and shortly thereafter to American Airlines, where he retired as a Captain on the 757/767.

After retirement his “never let the grass grow under your feet” mentality took him all over the world where he pursued and excelled in his passion of photographing wildlife and people. His photography was published in the Montecito Times, was on display at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art and is proudly hanging at the US Department of the Interior.

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