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“Sorry to be so tardy leaving this comment. Living in Florida, I don't exactly keep up with Indy news anymore. I'm deeply saddened to hear of Lynda's...Read More »
1 of 50 | Posted by: Teri (Moore) Crane - Lake Placid, FL

“Gary, I am both shocked and deeply saddened with your loss. It is indeed sad that I didn't learn of Lynda's passing until today. She was a good...Read More »
2 of 50 | Posted by: Chris Cawthorne - Friend

“We were so sorry to hear of your unexpected loss of your beloved wife. Please know that our thoughts have been with you. ”
3 of 50 | Posted by: Cheryl Hannon Clossey - IN

“Gary, So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and the family. Rob ”
4 of 50 | Posted by: Rob Derrick - Palmetto, FL

“Gary, So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
5 of 50 | Posted by: Fritz Moser - Indianapolis, IN

“Gary, I am so sorry to hear about Linda. Although I didn't know her and haven't seen you for years, we are always saddened to hear of a loss for a...Read More »
6 of 50 | Posted by: Patsy Brandgard - Kendallville, IN

“Gary, I know I haven't seen you for 40 years. I never had the privilege of meeting your wife. She sounds like a wonderful person. I am so sorry...Read More »
7 of 50 | Posted by: Dinah Lookabill Geiger - IN

“I had the pleasure of working with Lynda during the formative years of the American LeMans Series. Her racing media procedural knowledge were...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Martin Kaufman - Parrish, FL

“Gary, Bill T. told me about your loss. It is news which is so surprising and shocking. I am so saddened.As I have gotten along in years, it seems I...Read More »
9 of 50 | Posted by: Dave Smith - Rockford, IL

“Gary....I'm so sorry to hear about Lynda. Being in Fort Wayne....I fell out of touch with you guys. Just learned about this from a friend this...Read More »
10 of 50 | Posted by: Bill Townsend - Fort Wayne, IN

“Gary, I am very saddened by the passing of Lynda and would like to offer my condolences. I have been out of town and was unable to attend. If there...Read More »
11 of 50 | Posted by: Alex Keddie - Carmel, IN - Friend

“Gary- I am so sorry to hear about Lynda. I am praying that God gives you strength, peace, and healing. ”
12 of 50 | Posted by: Amy Smith - Noblesville, IN

“I'm so sorry to hear about Lynda's passing...she was a top-level person in her work...she was always nice and helpful to me when I covered the Indy...Read More »
13 of 50 | Posted by: Bill Fleischman - Philadelphia, PA

“Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family through this difficult time. My father sends his...Read More »
14 of 50 | Posted by: John Culver (JC) - Indianapolis, IN

“We extend our deepest condolences to all of Lynda's family and friends. Her passing is a great loss for the community. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Jane and John Barnes - IN

“Gary, Dad called me last night with the news of Lynda's passing. You have our heartfelt condolences. May God's peace encompass your family. The last...Read More »
16 of 50 | Posted by: Jeanine Watts DeLashmit - IN

“Gary...We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers...Our deepest sympathy.... ”
17 of 50 | Posted by: Pat and Joyce Moore - Fishers, IN

“Gary: Words can't begin to express how sorry I am to hear of Lynda's sudden passing. Know that you'll be in the thoughts and prayers of many...Read More »
18 of 50 | Posted by: Patty England - Carmel, IN

“Dear Gary and family, What a tragic loss for you and your family, I'm so sorry to hear about Lynda's sudden and unexpected passing. She was always so...Read More »
19 of 50 | Posted by: Arie Luyendyk - Fountain Hills, AZ

“Dear Gary, I'm so sorry to hear this very sad news. Know that those who write here, as well as your friends far and near, are with you and thinking...Read More »
20 of 50 | Posted by: Dan Taylor WCBS-FM - New York, NY

“Gary, My thoughts and prayers are wrapped around you and the family. Lynda's footprint will be forever upon my heart and all we shared. Once in a...Read More »
21 of 50 | Posted by: Becky Lenhard - Lewisville, TX

“Pam and I ate living in Bloomington while she undergoes proton radiation therapy for brain cancer. We are shocked and saddened to hear of Lynda's...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: Bob and Pam Jenkins - Carmel, IN

“Gary - I have wonderful memories of working, traveling, laughing, and learning from our dear & classy Lynda. In many ways - she was a role model for...Read More »
23 of 50 | Posted by: Jenny Nickell - Middletown, OH

“Gary,My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for yourtremendous loss. My prayers are with you!Pam ”
24 of 50 | Posted by: Pam Green - New York, NY

“Gary, I am speechless. My heart is heavy. Your radio family is here for you. You are in my prayers and want to support you in any way I can! ...Read More »
25 of 50 | Posted by: Kelly Vaughn - Indianapolis, IN

“Wow, lives change in an instant and time heals all wounds. Take time to reconsider all the great times you had together and I believe you personally ...Read More »
26 of 50 | Posted by: Tim Mredland - Carmel, IN

“I will miss Lynda dearly. We worked side-by-side -- literally! -- in the Media Center at IMS the last seven or eight years. A classy lady, skilled...Read More »
27 of 50 | Posted by: Paul Kelly - Marcellus, NY

“Gary, We are so saddened by your tremendous loss! We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Debbie Moore ”
28 of 50 | Posted by: Mike and Debbie Moore - Westfield, IN

“Dear Gary- Susan and I are so very sorry for your loss. Lynda's good humor and smile will remain always in our memory of her. ”
29 of 50 | Posted by: Sam and Susan Davis - Fishers, IN

“Gary, Unfortunately life and our many moves across the country have gotten in the way and I have not been in touch with Lynda for a long time. I...Read More »
30 of 50 | Posted by: Kim (Glass) Walker - Noblesville, IN

“I worked with Lynda in the early days of her career at Esterline Angus. She was funny and a joy to work with. I remember she was a big fan of the 500...Read More »
31 of 50 | Posted by: Pat Stinson - Greenwood, IN

“I wish I had the words to express to you how shaken I am at Lynda's passing. The two of you shared a special connection. Certainly Pam and I are...Read More »
32 of 50 | Posted by: Steve Cooper - Indianapolis, IN

“I was shocked to hear about Lynda's passing Tuesday morning and I haven't thought of anything else since. We worked together at events for around 30...Read More »
33 of 50 | Posted by: Jan Shaffer - Indianapolis, IN

“Words cannot convey how sorry I am for your loss. You and Lynda's family will be in my thoughts. ox ”
34 of 50 | Posted by: Maggie - Los Angeles, CA

“Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this tough time. Leah ”
35 of 50 | Posted by: Leah B - Indianapolis, IN

“We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news of Lynda's passing. We hope that you will be comforted by the memories of the many happy years that...Read More »
36 of 50 | Posted by: Joyce and Paul Poteet - Carmel, IN

“Gary, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear of Lynda's sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to get through...Read More »
37 of 50 | Posted by: Linda Stickle - Indianapolis, IN

“I met Linda in 1985 while attending and participating in my very first Indy 500 while a crew member for Kraco Racing where Linda was woprking timing...Read More »
38 of 50 | Posted by: Kent Gerhardt - Fresno, CA

“Gary: Our committee is saddened to hear of the loss of your wife Lynda. Our thoughts and prayers are of you and your family during this difficult...Read More »
39 of 50 | Posted by: CarmelFest 2012 Committee Members - IN

“Gary: It was my pleasure to work with Lynda during her Esterline days and of course we watched a number of 500 Miles races together before I got my...Read More »
40 of 50 | Posted by: Carol Derbin - Indianapolis, IN

“Gary, we were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Lynda's sudden passing. Our thoughts and continued prayers are with you, my dear friend. ”
41 of 50 | Posted by: Kelli Jack-Kelly - Indianaoplis, IN

“Gary, My mind is still trying to get itself around your loss. A kinder, more gentle person, Lynda could not be. Truly your devotion to each other...Read More »
42 of 50 | Posted by: John and Christine Patten - IN

“Gary,Words can't express how saddened I was to learn of your loss. Through our years working together I know how important Lynda was too you and what...Read More »
43 of 50 | Posted by: Jody Veldkamp - Indianapolis, IN

“Hello Gary: My thoughts & prayers, as well as those of your extended radio family, are with you now and as you move forward. Your friend, Don ”
44 of 50 | Posted by: Don Nelson - San Diego, CA

“Gary, my heart is so heavy with the news of your beautiful wife, Lynda. She was an amazing woman who loved life. All my thoughts, prayers and...Read More »
45 of 50 | Posted by: Erin Keesee - Indianapolis, IN

“Gary, I am sending you my deepest condolences. Lynda was a very kind and compassionate woman. I got to know that first hand when I worked at WTPI. ...Read More »
46 of 50 | Posted by: Oleta Martin-McClurkin - Anderson, IN

“Gary - I am so sorry for your loss. Lynda was a wonderful, thoughtful person and a great friend. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
47 of 50 | Posted by: Renee Rogers - GROSSE POINTE, MI

“I'll always remember Lynda's kindness to everyone in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center and her graciousness under fire (a constant in that...Read More »
48 of 50 | Posted by: Anne Proffit - Long Beach, CA

“Gary,We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. We all will miss Lynda. She was a very dear...Read More »
49 of 50 | Posted by: Richard and Janet Burmeister - AK

“Dear Havens Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled...Read More »
50 of 50 | Posted by: Brian and Bruce Buchanan - IN


Lynda Sharpnack Havens, 60, passed away suddenly at home on July 3, 2012. Lynda, a lifelong Indianapolis resident graduated from Lawrence Central High School in 1969 and earned her Bachelor's degree from Butler University in 1973, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Lynda's father, Harry Sharpnack, introduced Lynda to the excitement of the Indy 500 when she was a girl. Lynda fell in love with racing and spent over 30 years working in and around motorsports. She worked for several IndyCar teams as both a media relations representative and as a timing and scoring crew member. She was employed as a media relations professional for numerous racing venues around the U.S. as well as the American LeMans Series. Lynda was proud to have helped found the Indy 500 News Bureau, providing content for media outlets worldwide about her beloved Indy 500 and the competing drivers. She was proud to have been a leader in the News Bureau again for the 2012 race. Lynda was introduced to the beauty of Alaska by becoming a friend of and dog handler for competitors in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and was able to travel to Alaska for multiple starts. In the early days of the internet, she provided constant updates on the Alaskan race for fans around the country. Prior to her racing career, Lynda had been an advertising manager at Esterline Angus Instrument Co., and had worked at WTTV-4 television and WNDE radio stations.

She was preceded in death by her mother Jeanne Johnson and her father Harry Sharpnack. She is survived by her adoring husband of over 37 years, Gary L. Havens, her brother Eric Sharpnack (Roxann), her sister Dianne Stephenson, stepfather Robert Johnson, as well as seven nieces and nephews, and two great-nephews. Memorial calling to celebrate Lynda's life will be held on July 10th, 2012 at the Brickyard Crossing Golf and Conference Center Pavilion 4400 West 16th Street Speedway, IN 46222 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. Flanner and Buchanan-Washington Park North are handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Lynda and Gary Havens Endowed Scholarship Fund at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN would be welcomed.

You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.

Sincerely,
-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan