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John Lindh Popham

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John Lindh Popham

John Lindh Popham, age 89, died on May 3, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus. He was born October 3, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later earned his B.A. in Biology from Western Michigan University. From 1964 – 1979 he worked as an investigator with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He later worked for the weekly Cambridge Star newspaper in Cambridge, Minnesota, where he was a longtime reporter, columnist and editor. He was an avid traveler, making many trips through southern Mexico, as well as Central and South America. In later years he settled in Roswell, New Mexico and was active in community theater. He was a competitive runner and tennis player, taking part in the Senior Olympics and breaking a number of New Mexico state records for his age class, some of which still stand.

He is preceded in death by his wife Sally Sue (Keckler) Popham; his brothers Richard and George, and his sister Thyra. He is survived by his sister Sally of Alanson, Michigan, and by his seven children: Katherine (65) of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico; John (63) of Washington, D.C.; Mary (59) of Buffalo, Minnesota; Susan (56) of Rochester, Minnesota; Michael (55) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Carl (53) of Brainerd, Minnesota; and Matthew (44) of Brainerd, Minnesota; as well as many grandchildren.

Interment at the V.A. cemetery at Fort Snelling in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A memorial service will be planned at a future date.