Raymond E. "Doc" Linville, 85
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Raymond E. "Doc" Linville, 85, of Lafayette, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:55 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Rosewalk Village. Born April 19, 1928 in West Lafayette, he was the son of the late James E. and Nellie (Kendall) Linville. Doc was a graduate of Whitestown High School in Boone County. Doc honorably served with the United States Marine Corps during WW II from August 1945 to August 1946.
He married Beverly Galema on November 21, 1954 in Lafayette and she survives. Doc was a firefighter for the Lafayette Fire Department for 32 years before retiring as a Captain in May of 1984. He was awarded the Firefighter of the Year in 1974-1975. Following retirement, Doc then worked in building services in the Biochemistry Building at Purdue University, retiring again in 1995. Doc then worked another ten years for Galema Strawsma Construction, again retiring. While his sons were growing up, Doc volunteered and was a Merit Badge instructor with the Boy Scouts of America, Troup 2 at Oakland School and was instrumental in both of his sons becoming Eagle Scouts. He was a member of Heartland Community Church where he was a member of the Men's Group, a life member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge #123, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Indiana, a member and former instructor with the Fire Instructors Association, and a member of the Retired Policeman and Firefighters Association. Doc also is a long time volunteer with the Five Points Fire Station Museum. Doc and his wife formerly belonged to the First Reformed Church where he served as a Deacon. Doc enjoyed scrapbooking the history of the Lafayette Fire Department, genealogy, woodworking, but more importantly, Doc was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Surviving with his wife, Beverly, are their two sons, Michael R. Linville of Tulsa, OK and David A. Linville (wife, Robin) of San Augustine, TX; his sister, Virginia M. Winter of Lake Buff, IL; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Sunday with Last Alarm Service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Services 10:00 a.m. Monday in Hippensteel Chapel with Rev. Drew Poppleton officiating. Burial to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Lafayette Firefighters Memorial Fund, Five Points Fire Station Museum, 1511 Main St., Lafayette, IN 47901, or Heartland Community Church. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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822 North Ninth Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014