Henry A. “Hank” Lind
February 20, 1953 – April 26, 2021
On the morning of April 26, 2021, Hank left for greener pastures. Henry “Hank” Alan Lind was born to Henry and Georgia Lind on February 20, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska, and lived in Omaha his whole life. He graduated from Omaha North High School in 1971. On March 4, 1972, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Beth” Lind (nee Schinker).
He was a man of many trades and talents. Hank started as a carpenter and a roofer. Then for over 25 years, he worked as building maintenance for many Omaha businesses and banks. Hank always wore a cowboy hat and boots which most would greet with a big howdy. Behind his smile was one tough Nebraskan. He once chased down two robbers that tried to rob him at gunpoint and he captured one for the police. Echoing any good John Wayne or Western show, Hank said “I felt somebody had to do something. I just don’t like people holding me up.” This world could use a few more men like him.
The love notes he and Beth wrote when they were young foreshadowed the life they would live. Hank wrote “Well I know I haven’t known you that long, but what I know is hilarious…you’re really a nut and a lot of fun and I would like to get to know you a little better.” Beth wrote “Hank, a ‘crazy’ guy that’s really a lot of fun. I doubt I’ll ever forget you (unfortunately).” Their life was full of fun, love, and laughter. Looking back, the love Papa Hank showed for his family will always bring a smile to those who knew him. His grandchildren included: Hunter Bettin, Sierrah Bettin, Avery Bettin, Marissa Shaver, Emma Shaver, Madison Kalfut Lind, Olive Lind, Lucy Lind, Nevan Lind, Mason Beifus, and Everly Beifus.
He knew the richest of love for God, family, and country. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Beth Lind of Omaha, Nebraska; children: Rebecca Shaver of Bend, Oregon, Timothy Lind of Bellevue, Nebraska; Sarah Lind of Omaha, Nebraska, and Chelsea Beifus of Whiteman AFB, Missouri; as well as his grandchildren and dearest friends. Hank made a personal decision to accept and follow Christ in his life. It is his warmest desire that his friends and family may do the same.
Hank’s Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Saturday, July 10th at 1pm at the West Center Chapel.