Local Philanthropist Richard Lindner dies at 88

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

INDIAN HILL, OH (FOX19) -- Richard E. Lindner, well known for his corporate leadership and civil philanthropy, has died. He was 88.

Richard Lindner was the owner and former Chairman of the Board/President/CEO of Thriftway Inc.

"My grandfather helped teach me the values that I cherish and hope to pass on to my kids," says John Hutchens.

"Over the years, I've admired Granddad's generosity and his willingness to share his good fortune with others. He's touched many lives; not just family and friends, but the community at large," said Rick Lindner.

Allen Cowgill adds, " Grandad was a role model for all of us. He was the patriarch of out family and gave all of us his love, support, and guidance. Through his actions he taught us about the importance of family and friends though his love and benevolence, the importance of giving back to the community through his generosity, and about business through his integrity and work ethic. He gave us some great memories."

Lindner helped behind the scenes in and around Cincinnati. Examples of his benevolence includes the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village at the University of Cincinnati, the Lindner Family YMCA in Norwood, the Richard E. Lindner Lobby at the Arnoff Center, and capital additions at Saint Joseph's Home for Children.

Lindner's business career started when he began working with his family delivering milk bottles to homes. That business has grown into the local milk and ice cream manufacturing company known as United Dairy Farmers.

In 1963 Lindner became owner and operator of Thriftway while still remaining active in another family business, the American Financial Group. Thriftway Inc. has grown into the second largest privately owned company in Greater Cincinnati.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan 20th at the Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church at 2:00pm.