Jonas Martin Lindblom, 83, of Orleans, passed away October 19, 2022, with loving family at his side.

Jonas was born on March 29, 1939, to Art Lindblom and Agnes Flynn Lindblom in Baudette, Minnesota.

When Jonas was a teenager, the family moved from Oregon to the Bald Hills above Orick, where they built a store and gas station that his mom managed while his dad owned and drove logging trucks.

While attending Arcata High School, at the age of 15 Jonas started driving logging truck, a profession he enjoyed and continued for over 65 years.

In February 1960, Jonas married Betty Oglesby of Orick. They had two children, JoDee Rae and Jonas “Rick” Ricky Lindblom.

In December 1987, he married Susan Hoopes Rickwalt of Orleans, and gained two stepchildren, Wendy and Misty.

Jonas was an animal lover, and never met a stranger. Known for being a very hard worker, having immaculately clean and well-maintained trucks and vehicles, cooking hot-cakes for his grandsons, eating “red-lead” (ketchup) on just about everything, having a quick-witted sense of humor, being fluent in sarcasm and creating nicknames for others; during his trucking career he made many friends all over the region and enjoyed visiting with them whenever possible. Jonas also loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all.

Jonas was predeceased by his parents, Art and Agnes; brother Ervin; beloved dog Sporty, and many friends. He is survived by his wife of nearly 35 years, Susan of Orleans, California; daughter JoDee Biasca (Darrel) of Sydney, British Columbia; son Rick Lindblom (Tammy) of Cottonwood, California; stepchildren Misty Rickwalt (Davey) and Wendy Rickwalt of Orleans, California; grandchildren Travis Biasca (Laura), Joel Lindblom (Jenni), Jonas Lindblom (Alex), Rilen Rickwalt, Ivan Rickwalt, and numerous step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren Liam, DJ, and Kenzee; brothers Raymond (Elaine), Gary, and sister Doreen; sister-in-law Julie; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends, family, and “adopted” family.

There will be a celebration of life held at 20040 Clay Court, Cottonwood, Calif. on Saturday, November 12 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring your favorite stories of Jonas to share with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Jonas’ favorite charities, Smile Train or Mercy Ships.


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