Edward Peter Linn (1927 - 2016)

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Edward Peter Linn, son of the late Walter P. Linn and Florence (Drebert) Linn, was born August 23, 1927 in Hollidays Cove, WV. He quietly departed this life after 89 years on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Raised on a farm outside of Pittsburgh, PA, he honed his skills as a mechanic on farm equipment, which led to his service in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic, crew chief and flight engineer at the end of WWII. Dad was very proud of his military service and wore his squadron cap festooned with numerous medals and pins, wherever he went. People stopped him on the street, commenting on his cap and thanking him for his service. Dad was also proud of his memberships in two service organizations, the Centennial Lodge 544 in Carnegie, PA and the Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and served in many capacities in the church.
After his military career, Dad attended college at C.W. Post on Long Island, then began his lifelong vocation in the steel business, primarily in Weirton, WV. At one point he had 2400 employees that reported to him. After retiring at the ripe old age of 54, he really embraced life by traveling, cooking and fishing.
An avid fisherman, who loved his yearly trips to Canada and Georgia with his brother "Skip", nephews, and buddy Jack, he would often bring home dozens of fish from a trip. His companion, Suzan, always said if he catches, cleans and cooks them, I'll eat them.
In more recent years, splitting his time between Crystal River, FL and Springfield, VA, his nephews jokingly called him Unk I-95. His penchant for travel took him to many places throughout the US and Canada as well as Chile, Germany, Greece, Japan, Korea, and Turkey.
A master tinkerer, handyman and builder, as kids we thought he could build anything. He wielded a mean spatula on the grill, and found cookbooks irresistible. A lover of old Westerns and war movies, we know Dad channeled John Wayne. He had a great sense of humor, loved history and historic sites, and enjoyed a good racy joke. He knew everyone in town and moved slower than molasses. ... Always. He was the best friend, father, companion, brother, son, husband, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Our Dad lived life to the fullest, every day for 89 years. When he got to the pearly gates, I'm sure there were many friends and family there to greet him, toasting him with a dirty vodka martini, don't forget the extra olives stuffed with anchovies.
Edward Linn is pre-deceased by his parents and a sister Clara Louise and survived by his longtime companion, Suzan Bright, daughter Bonnie, daughter Susan and husband Michael Lalicki, brother and sister-in-law Walter and Alice, granddaughter Sage (Joseph) Newkirk, four great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and numerous fishing buddies. A memorial service will be held on October 25, 1:00p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the in the name of Edward Linn. Condolences may be sent to Susan and Bonnie Linn at 18 Hone St., Kingston, NY 12401 or [email protected].
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2016
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