Noel Kenneth “Buster” Lindemann, 84, passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, Nov. 21. Buster was born December 27, 1932 in Gonzales to Milton Daniel Lindemann and Gertrude Clara Marie Siepmann. Buster married the love of his life Gladys Lois Hausler on Feb. 16, 1951 in the Monthalia United Methodist Church. Buster had been a lifelong member of the Monthalia United Methodist Church and served this church in many capacities through the years as Chairman of the Administrative Council, Men’s Choir and the Methodist Men’s Brotherhood to name but a few of his church activities. Many years ago, every Christmas, Buster’s father arranged to have small paper bags filled with candy for every child in the church, Buster and his wife Gladys carried that tradition on to this day and it will certainly be continued by the Lindemann family. His generosity and thoughtfulness went further with thousands of pounds of beef being delivered to GCAM since its inception. Buster was one of the founding members and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gonzales Memorial Hospital who had the vision and the courage to build the hospital that would carry healthcare in Gonzales into the future. Buster faithfully served on the Gonzales County Health Foundation Board of Directors and the Gonzales County EMS Board of Directors for many years as well. Buster was instrumental in the creation and building of the Siever’s Medical Clinic and as a director for the Gonzales County Health Foundation supported initiatives to enhance the quality of healthcare delivery in Gonzales County.
Buster always said he had the “best parents a boy could ever have.” The manner in which he lived to serve the Lord, the way he loved his wife and family certainly is a testament to the quality of his upbringing. Buster worked all of his life, sharpening blades with a hand file on the cotton gin in Cost as a young boy and working his way into establishing his own trucking business hauling fresh milk containers from dairies to a designated processing plant. Buster grew his business into multiple trucks and later bulk trucks. Milk cows are milked twice a day so for 41 years Buster pushed himself with little sleep a day to make all the deliveries with a single vision giving him the strength to carry on, the “six little chicks (his children) at home with their mouths wide open.” The little time he did have between hauls was spent ranching and working his cattle. In 1966 Lindemann Fertilizer was established and Buster became a pioneer in the liquid fertilizer business. Buster developed the foam markers used to mark rows that have been treated. He initiated soil testing as a service to determine what additives the soil needed to make it more productive. He advanced environmental standards and received the Regional Environmental Respect Award in 1993. Lindemann Fertilizer continues to seek methods of protecting the environment and enhancing delivery of liquid fertilizer because those are the fundamental practices Buster believed in and worked hard to achieve.
Horses were a great pleasure to Buster Lindemann, he enjoyed raising some of the finest horses in the area, Buster never had a bad foal or raised a bad horse, they were all splendid in temperament and sound in confirmation and if they didn’t take to cows, well they were excellent pleasure riding stock. Buster was hands on when it came to working cattle on horseback and by golly if he saddled up at 6 a.m. to work cattle so did his sons and together the task was completed to Buster’s satisfaction. Buster was a working cowboy, he loved raising cattle and horses and there was a purpose and correct way to do every chore. A gate must be closed and secured Buster’s way, the correct way, and the same goes for squaring a trailer up to a chute, square it up straight and tight and the neither the animal nor the cowboy will hurt loading the trailer. That was Buster Lindemann. That was the way he lived, he squared up to life, and there was no room for negligence. Buster was a humble and wise man, he lived and worked for his Lord, his family and his country way of life. He was an honest and generous man but never sought notoriety or acclamation. That’s just who he was and when he unknowingly received the David B. Walshak Lifetime Achievement Award, for the first time in his life Noel Kenneth “Buster” Lindemann was at a loss for words. His efforts were never for fame, merely Christian acts that hopefully made someone’s life a bit better. His rewards were found in Jesus Christ, in an embrace from his loving wife and in the pride he held in his heart for his adoring children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Noel Kenneth “Buster” Lindemann is survived by his loving family, daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry Beth and Kenneth Poe of Cost, Jan Denise Lindemann of Austin, Donna Marie and Dr. Commie Hisey of Gonzales, LuAnn and David Fullilove of Cost, sons and daughters-in-law, Mark David and Patti Lindemann and Thomas Neil and Lori Lindemann all of Cost, sisters, Carol DuBose of Gonzales, Kathleen Erwin (Carroll) of Austin, brothers-in-law, Art Mahavier of San Antonio, Vernon Hausler of Monthalia, grandchildren, Kyle Towns (Sherry), Ryan Towns (Mandi), Erin Lindemann- LaBuhn (B.J.), Kacey Lindemann-Butler (Ross) Lorena Reyna, Ben Hisey (Madison), Matthew Hisey (Angela), Leigh Coke (Gary), Tel Lindemann (Jenna), Beth Lindemann, Seth Fullilove (Christie), Jess Fullilove (Amanda), Jill Fullilove, great-grandchildren, Keaton, Kenan, Stella, Lane, Luke, Cooper, Coy, William, James, Olivia, Aubrey, Lilah, Harper, Avery, Ella, Merritt and Hank. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Gladys Lindemann and his parents.
A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, in Monthalia Methodist Cemetery with a funeral service immediately following in the Monthalia United Methodist Church with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. The family received friends at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home Friday, Nov. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Monthalia United Methodist Church, 1952 County Road 112, Cost, Texas 78614 or Gonzales Healthcare Systems Foundation, 1110 N. Sarah DeWitt, Gonzales, Texas 78629. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.