Robert Frederick Linfield passed away at his home in Boulder, Colo., on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. He was 83.
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He was born on Nov. 20, 1925, in Bozeman to F. Bertil Linfield and Ruth (Smith) Linfield.
When he was 17, while still in high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1942 to 1946. After training as an aviation radar technician, Bob served aboard the USS Enterprise, CV-6, with Night Fighter Squadron VF(N) 90 for several months. He also served aboard the USS Randolph. He was in combat operations near Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan.
He attended Montana State University and George Washington University and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics at the University of Colorado.
During his career, he first worked as an engineer at National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., Corona, Calif., and Boulder, Colo.; then as an engineer at Developmental Engineering Corp. (DECO) in Boulder; next as the director of communications and navigations systems at Westinghouse Georesearch Laboratory in Boulder; as a consultant at the CSU Solar Energy Laboratories, in Fort Collins, Colo.; and as an engineer at Ball Brothers.
His last position was in 1986 as the associate deputy director of the Systems and Networks Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS) in Boulder. After he retired, he was rehired in 1989 as a reemployed annuitant until he resigned from that position in 2004.
Bob married Mary Joy Taylor on July 8, 1966, at the Travis Air Force Base, Calif., combining their two families for a total of 10 children.
His favorite pastime was painting, primarily watercolors and pastels. Bob spent the past few years researching and writing his recently published book, "Passage to Bear Paw," which describes the flight of the Nez Perce tribe from Oregon to Montana in 1877. He loved Montana and spent his summers there with his wife, Joy, part time in Bozeman and part time at their cabins in the Tobacco Root Mountains and the Gallatin Canyon. He loved the outdoors and taught his children to fish, ski, work hard and play fair.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Joy Linfield of Boulder; his sister, Margaret Lyons (Jim) of Boise, Idaho; his brother, Bill Linfield (Becky) of Billings; several nieces and nephews; his sons Bob Linfield Jr. (Marian Heberer) of Thornton, Colo., Bill Linfield (Sherry) of Silverthorne, Colo., Jim C.T. Linfield (Patience) of Boulder, Dr. Tom Linfield (Ruth) of Helena, Steve Linfield of Fort Collins, and Jim E. Linfield of Fort Collins; his daughters, Dr. Jana Linfield (Lance Miller) of Anchorage, Alaska, Teri Olander (Lance) of Superior, Colo., and Susie Hardy (Joel) of Fort Collins; his grandsons and granddaughters, Carey Androvich Hance, Colleen Androvich Davis, Ashley Linfield, Sean Linfield, Lorilee Linfield, Merilee Linfield, Kelly Wilson, Logan Miller, Zach Miller, Leigh Olander, Erik Olander, Taylor James, Brady James, Sam Hardy, Jack Hardy; and his great granddaughter, Addison McLane Hance.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertil and Ruth Linfield; his sister Leila Cranston; his first wife, Patricia Ann Johnson Linfield; his son, Michael Alan Linfield; and his daughter, Katherine Marie Fulkerson.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, Colo., 80302.
Contributions can be made to Joycare Infant Toddler Center, 950 28th St., Boulder, CO 80303.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 22, 2009