Leonard "Link" O. Lingenfelter

February 27, 1924January 27, 2021
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Leonard “Link” O. Lingenfelter, 96, of Bartonville, passed away at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at his son's home.

He was born on February 27, 1924 in Canton to Otis and Lola (Standard) Lingenfelter. He married Winifred June Wood on July 8, 1942 in Kahoka, MO. She passed away on March 29, 2003. He then married Lois L.Saylor and she passed away on February 19, 2014.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Billy Dean; two daughters, Patricia Pendley and Betty Elam; and 12 siblings.

Link is survived by his one daughter, Lola Greer of Peoria, three sons, Larry Lingenfelter of Bartonville, Gary (Sandra) Lingenfelter of Bartonville and Ralph (Goldie) Lingenfelter of Peoria; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Mickey Williams of Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Link served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He retired from Caterpillar.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

Cremation will be accorded following the visitation and a private graveside service with military honors will be held at Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Michael Delgado

February 7, 2021

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Lingenfelter family. I have many great memories of your dad when all of us neighborhood kids would play at your house. He was always kind and lets us do our own thing but kept an eye on us. I too remember watching him and others playing fast-pitch softball at Proctor Center. I remember the first basemans glove that he used to catch with. He was one of the best. He was a good man and raised a great family.

Cynthia Shepperd

February 4, 2021

I remember going to Proctor Center with his daughter Betty to watch her dad play ball. He played for the Disco Balmers I think. Comfort for the family.


February 4, 2021

sincere sympathy to Goldie and family on the recent passing of husband and father, grandfather...I knew Goldie and Ralph at Carriage Hill Apartments years ago.

Carolyn Schuldt
Peoria, IL
was Carolyn Hansen at time

Linda Briggs Gomes

February 1, 2021

My brother, Darrel, and I want to express our sympathy at your loss. Our dad, Al, was one of Link's good friends and he loved spending time with him. They were golfing buddies and Link was instrumental in getting Mom and Dad to go to Texas in the winters. We know he was a great guy.

Gene Castellani

January 31, 2021

Our condolences go out to the whole Lingenfelter family. I relish the times we had together in Wisconsin. One thing about Link was he never liked to drive alone, if there was room in that van for 1 more person he’d fill it up!! Whether it be going to Wingdings Wed. Or to the WIG-WAM to pick up a case of asperigus, that van was full. He will be missed by all that knew him! RIP Link.

Vicki Stein

January 30, 2021

I will never forget Uncle Leonard's smile. He could light up a room with that smile . . . and whenever I saw him at a family picnic or reunion, he was ALWAYS smiling. When I introduced my son Jason to Uncle Leonard, they became instant admirers of each other. Jason loved family history, and history in general, and Uncle Leonard loved sharing his war stories with him. Jason really enjoyed hearing anything Uncle Leonard had to say.

When I was taking care of my mom in her last few weeks, Uncle Leonard came to visit and was so comforting to me. He expressed how well I was taking care of my mom. At her funeral, he came up after I spoke and told me what a wonderful eulogy it was.

I'm so sorry Uncle Leonard is gone. I know he will be missed so much by his entire family.

Sending my love and condolences,
Vicki (Fowler) Stein

Barbara Dickerson

January 29, 2021

Good bye, Link. I'm so glad you were my brother in law. We all loved you. We will see you again when we all see Jesus face to face.