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OBITUARY

Robert Wayne Linke

June 30, 1925July 29, 2020
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R. Wayne Linke, 95, formerly of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

He was born June 30, 1925 to Alfred and Muriel Linke in Sioux City, Iowa. Wayne’s mother passed away when he was four years old and he was sent to South Dakota to live with an aunt and uncle. The day after he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Navy. After training, he served as Quarter Master on the USS Hancock aircraft carrier with most of his time in the South Pacific. He said one of his proudest moments was when he was at the helm of the ship as they went into Tokyo Bay the day after the treaty was signed. After he was discharged from the Navy, he moved to Iowa where his father and stepmother were living. He enrolled in the University of Iowa. In 1947, he married the love of his life, JoAnn Bell. He worked for Fisher Controls for 25 years and took early retirement and he and his wife moved to DeFuniak Springs. He worked for the DeFuniak Herald for 15 years as a reporter.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings. He and his wife served as missionaries in the West Indies and Kentucky. He was a devoted Iowa Hawkeye sports fan. He loved to sing and was a member of a barbershop quartet in Iowa. Fishing and pheasant hunting were among his favorites.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of Madrid, Iowa; daughter, Patrice Linke of Ankeny, Iowa; son, Daniel Linke, of Provo, Utah; sisters, Judy Greiman of Davenport, Iowa and Anita Eyestone of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Jayne Ann and Susan Linke; and brother, C. Eugne Linke.

Family services will be held in Davenport, IA on August 3, 2020 at Runge Mortuary and internment in Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, he asked for memorial contributions to be given to cancer research because he lost his mother and daughter, Jayne to cancer. Condolences may be sent to JoAnn Linke, 613 West North Street, Apartment 11, Madrid, IA 50156.

  • FAMILY

  • Aflred Linke, Father (deceased)
  • Muriel (Hattie) Linke, Mother (deceased)
  • JoAnn (Bell) Linke, Wife
  • Patrice Linke, Daughter
  • Daniel Linke, Son
  • Jayne Ann Linke, Daughter (deceased)
  • Susan Linke, Daughter (deceased)
  • Judy Greiman, Sister
  • Anita Eyestone, Sister
  • C. Eugene Linke, Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne also leaves behind 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dan Linke
  • Chad West
  • Zachary Wells
  • Jamie Harrison
  • Grant Harrison
  • Eldon Greiman
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Family Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

Memories

Robert Wayne Linke

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Marvin Goldstein

August 3, 2020

What a beautiful man. I will never ever meet or have ever met a more humble soul. Wayne worked hard to get me to DeFuniak Springs because he was inspired as to what his flock needed. I had the opportunity to perform in that chapel in that wonderful town so near my home in Tallahassee. Thank you Wayne. You are loved and only gone from us for a short time.


See you soon,

Marvin Goldstein
Tallahassee

Budd Black

August 3, 2020

As a young, immature missionary the Lord placed me in the path of Brother and Sister Linke down in the hollers of Eastern Kentucky. What an incredible opportunity to learn by example how Christlike service can be performed with a sense of humor. I'll always remember serving the people of Kentucky side-by-side with two of the best people on the earth. I will also remember eating "hooty owl" at the Howell's, celebrating my birthday at the diner in Martin, KY, whole wheat pancakes, Sunday afternoons at the long-term care center, wrestling in suits at Zone Conference, and so many more things. You are missed, Wayne. I hope I can grow up to be like you. Love you Jo.

Karen Poole

August 2, 2020

Memories are so many, but one I will share with love - Patrice and I were either at her house or my house. I believe Mr. Linke was always wondering how much trouble the two of us could get into. Looking back at that time period our type of trouble was so small I smile, but we always knew our families loved both of us and still do.

With love forever,
Karen Poole
Matthew Poole

Cindy Woodham

August 2, 2020

I will always remember our walks around the lake and talks. He was such a good reporter at the hearald as u jo were such an asset as well to my whole family. I miss u both. Much love to you and many happy memories. My heart is sad but grateful I knew him He was my friend

Charles (Chip) Atkinson

August 1, 2020

Bishop Linke is a great man who led by example and boldly testified of Jesus Christ. He is enjoying a wonderful reunion with family and friends who passed before him. We will miss his sweet smile, kind heart, thoughtful support, simply interacting with him. LeAnn and my prayers are with the family during this tender, but temporary, separation. We love each of you! Chip and LeAnn Atkinson

Donnie Cawthon

August 1, 2020

Bishop Linke was my first bishop when I joined the church. He was a tre man of God in every sense of the word. He and sister linke played a big roll in my life .

Kenny Hutcheson

August 1, 2020

Dear Sister Linke and family, It is with tears of joy and of course with some pain that just this morning we learned of Wayne's promotion to "Paradise". Janet and I extend our condolences to all of the Linke family and their loved ones. I can't imagine the length of the reception line Wednesday when the Bishop arrived back Home into His presence with so many family and friends to reminisce with. Bishop Linke really knew how to to make us all feel "very" special regardless of the situation. The mentoring that I received from him as his Bishopric's Ward Clerk was invaluable and never left me these many years. Because of our additional bond as sailors in the US Navy I am compelled to tell him this moment, " Your watch is over Quartermaster, I properly relieve you and all is in good order on the ship, rest your oars and take your rest,"..........in the name of Jesus Christ, amen, Your shipmate through the eternities, Kenny L. Hutcheson, CMSGT, USAF/USN, Ret.

George Woodson

August 1, 2020

There are few people I have known in my life that I am sure will be in the highest degree of the celestrial kindgom and Bishop Linke is at the top of the list. He made my world a better place and me a better person. When the youth in the ward toilet papered his house he called them all up the next morning and had them over for pancakes, and of course a clean up. He would go to the school and check one of my sons out of school and take him fishing on Friday afternoons and to this day that son still loves to fish. I could fill a book with the Christ like nature of his chatacter. A man I admired and loved.

Virginia Roberts

August 1, 2020

To know Wayne was to love him. He was a great Bishop and leader of the Marshalltown Ward. He Was a positive influence in our young married lives. I am a better person for having heeded his advice and council. Thanks Wayne for your example of service to your country and God. Till we meet again you will be missed.

Kristi Mason ( Howard)

July 31, 2020

I will always remember him as Bishop Linke. He was such a great powerful man in my eyes as a child growing up in the Marshalltown Ward. He was a great inspiration too myself and family as well. You will be missed. RIP Bishop Linke and say hello to my brother Scott

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Biography

R. Wayne Linke, 95, formerly of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

He was born June 30, 1925 to Alfred and Muriel Linke in Sioux City, Iowa. Wayne’s mother passed away when he was four years old and he was sent to South Dakota to live with an aunt and uncle. The day after he graduated from high school he enlisted in the Navy. After training, he served as Quarter Master on the USS Hancock aircraft carrier with most of his time in the South Pacific. He said one of his proudest moments was when he was at the helm of the ship as they went into Tokyo Bay the day after the treaty was signed. After he was discharged from the Navy, he moved to Iowa where his father and stepmother were living. He enrolled in the University of Iowa. In 1947, he married the love of his life, JoAnn Bell. He worked for Fisher Controls for 25 years and took early retirement and he and his wife moved to DeFuniak Springs. He worked for the DeFuniak Herald for 15 years as a reporter.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings. He and his wife served as missionaries in the West Indies and Kentucky. He was a devoted Iowa Hawkeye sports fan. He loved to sing and was a member of a barbershop quartet in Iowa. Fishing and pheasant hunting were among his favorites.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, of Madrid, Iowa; daughter, Patrice Linke of Ankeny, Iowa; son, Daniel Linke, of Provo, Utah; sisters, Judy Greiman of Davenport, Iowa and Anita Eyestone of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Jayne Ann and Susan Linke; and brother, C. Eugne Linke.

Family services will be held in Davenport, IA on August 3, 2020 at Runge Mortuary and internment in Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, he asked for memorial contributions to be given to cancer research because he lost his mother and daughter, Jayne to cancer. Condolences may be sent to JoAnn Linke, 613 West North Street, Apartment 11, Madrid, IA 50156.

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