Archie James Lind
May 22, 1940 – December 24, 2019
Archie James Lind was born on May 22, 1940, in Chicago, IL to Archie Lee Lind and Dorothy Elizabeth Lind [McGuire]. Everyone from the Lind side of the family calls him Jim or Big Jim to distinguish him from his dad, also Archie. To the rest of us, he is Arch or Archie.
Arch was predeceased by his parents, his older sister, Roxie Dee Fillipi and his brother-in-law Carroll Fillipi. His younger brother John Abbey Lind and wife Kathy live in Mesa, CO. Niece Heather Lind also lives in Mesa, CO. Nieces Michelle [Isom, Fillipi] and Jeff Dean as well as Jamie [Fillipi] and Jim Thomas live in Austin, CO. Niece Danielle Schiemer [Fillipi] lives in Salina, KS as does Arch’s nephew Rev. Jon and Debbie Fillipi. Arch’s sister-in-law Sharon [Schmidt] and Darrold Rodda live in Greenwood, IN. Niece Dana [Rodda] and Scott Alexander also live in Greenwood, IN while niece Angela [Rodda] and Gareth Penner reside in Omaha, NE. Arch is also survived by a host of grand nieces and nephews, family and friends.
A Glimpse at Arch’s Education and Work Life:
Columbus [NE] High School, 1958: Choir, Sousaphone in marching band. Favorite Subject - Math!
Colorado State University, 1964: Combined Bachelor’s degree in Civil-Electrical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Sigma Phi Epsilon [Colorado Gamma] Fraternity, Commencement Speaker, CSU College of Engineering, 1994
Loyola University of Chicago, 1975: MBA in Computer Applications
Professional Engineer: Holding PE licenses in Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Florida
Inland Steel, Indiana Harbor, IN, from 1964 to 1968: Process Control Engineer in charge of steel mill operations
United Airlines, Executive Office, Elk Grove Village, IL and Denver, CO, from 1968 to 1995: Project Engineer to Senior Engineering Project Manager
Swanson Rink, Denver, CO from 1995 to 2003: Director of Aviation
URS [n/k/a AECOM], Denver, CO, 2003 to 2019: Vice President of Aviation
Playing a key role in the design, construction and opening of DIA as United’s Senior Engineering Project Manager was the ultimate achievement of Arch’s career. You can see his own very visible design stamp on the “odd size” baggage carousel handling skis, snowboards, golf bags, etc. Arch was also the chief engineer to reconstruct Stapleton Airport’s fuel farm when it exploded in November, 1990.
During his long career in the aviation industry, Arch put his mark on countless projects. It’s easier to list the airports that he did not work on! Arch traveled globally and spoke at many international engineering conferences. Arch worked very closely with the TSA to enhance airport security.
Arch met Rosemary Schmidt at Inland Steel. According to God’s plan, they would become life-long partners. They married on August 19, 1967 and just celebrated 52 blessed years of marriage. Eric Lee Lind, their son, was born on January 29, 1973. They lived in Downers Grove, IL until Arch was transferred to Denver in 1992.
Arch coached Eric’s YMCA soccer team until Eric started playing competitively. Arch then became a certified United States Soccer Federation referee, moving up the referee ladder from club level to high school matches. He also became the region’s referee assignor. At age 12, Eric also got his USSF license, and Arch took great delight when father and son refereed games together.
Eric married Sarah Elizabeth Davisson on August 9, 2002 here in Broomfield. Arch and Rosemary became Papa and Gram October 17, 2009 when Eric and Sarah’s son, Mark James Lind, was born.
Arch was thrilled watching Mark play soccer from Happy Feet to the skilled soccer player he is becoming. The boys also spent countless hours watching international soccer matches, building expert-level Lego sets together and watching Star Wars. At age 10, Mark’s favorite subject in school is math! Aside from soccer and Lego’s with Mark, Arch’s favorite hobby was building model radio-controlled airplanes. He also enjoyed skiing and the family fishing/camping trips to Steamboat Lake.
Arch served several terms on the Broomfield Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also an elected officer of the Broadland’s Metropolitan District No.2.
He joined Risen Savior Lutheran Church in 1992. Arch was currently on the Board of Elders and previously, the Building Committee for church expansion. Until very recently, he was one of the tenor voices in RSLC’s acclaimed Chancel Choir as well as part of a Connect Group Bible Study.
Arch struggled daily with Parkinson’s Disease. He passed away on December 24, 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest the previous day. What a blessing and comfort it is to have such a close, caring family and so many friends during this most difficult time.
We will celebrate Arch’s [Jim’s] life in a service on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made as follows:
Risen Savior Lutheran Church, https://onrealm.org/rslc/-/give/now
3031 W. 144th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80023, 303-469-3521
Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies, https://parkinsonrockies.org/get-involved/donate
1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 2048, Denver, CO 80222, 303-830-1839
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