John M Linden, 73, Houston, TX, passed away on October 10, 2013. He was born on September 12, 1940. John was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille Elizabeth Linden and Sigurd Henning Linden.
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John spent his early years in Louisiana and graduated from his beloved Louisiana State University in 1963 as a member of the ROTC. Upon graduation, John joined the US Army and served on active duty in Vietnam. He took great pride in his service there. During the early years of the War, he served as an advisor to the South Vietnamese military under General Westmoreland. John was decorated with both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor by the US Army and the Silver Star of the South Vietnamese Army. John believed that the true heroes of this conflict were the men who did not return home, and he was very humbled by his experience.
John joined Humble Oil and Refining Company, now ExxonMobil, in 1968, spending most of his 33 years as a career auditor. He lived in Tennessee, California, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and then moved to Houston in 1983 where he retired in 2001. He traveled the globe providing his expertise to countless clients and made lifelong friends at nearly every stop. He was known for his professionalism, mentoring, sage advice, generosity, and a grand sense of humor.
John was an avid sports fan supporting his LSU Tigers and the Houston Astros, where he was a season ticket holder for 28 years. He was also an excellent Duplicate Bridge player and participated in tournaments across the country. John reached the level of Life Master in 2005.
He was a member of St Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston and active in Bible Study and service projects for many years. John loved St. Luke's and treasured his association with his church family. He was constantly looking for new ways to serve both his church and his community. During the final days of his illness, John so wanted to sit in "his pew" just one more time.
John is survived by his dear friends, Thomas Hynes of Houston, TX, and Karen Kubicek-Limon of San Antonio, TX, as well as an extended family of friends whom John held close to his heart. He was especially grateful for the outpouring of support from his "angels" who cared for him during his illness.
A memorial service will be held on February 1, 2014, at 10AM at the chapel of St Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027. A reception will follow in the Hines Baker Room. John will be interred at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, John requested that any memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Dr, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77058, or online at www.WoundedWarriorProject.org, or to the Lone Star Veterans Association, 170 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, or to other Veterans Organizations.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 26, 2014