Ell R. Linton

June 3, 1930May 3, 2013
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Ell R. Linton, 82, of Collinsville, Illinois, born June 3, 1930 in Gillespie, Illinois, died Friday, May 3, 2013 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Linton was a graduate of St. Louis University School of Commerce & Finance, majoring in accounting, obtaining a BSC, and a veteran of the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Tanner. He began his civilian career as Secretary-Treasurer/VP for Ee-Jay Motor Transports, Inc. He was the former President of Broadway Ford Truck Sales, Inc., a company that he joined as Secretary-Treasurer in 1966, became President and General Manager in 1983, and was currently serving as Chief Analytical Officer. Ell served on the Ford Truck Dealer Council. He was one of the finalists for the 2004 American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year Award. Mr. Linton served for 21 years in many capacities with the Rotary Club in St. Louis, supported Lutheran Children and Family Services, and spent many years in leadership positions with the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a member and served as an Elder at the First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Illinois

He was preceded in death by his parents; George E. and Helen, nee Horne, Linton, a brother, Robert L. “Fuzz” Linton and a sister, Morene Bishop.

Surviving is his wife, Lois Linton, nee Olvitt-Heuer, his children; Ken A. (Pat) Linton of Collinsville, Illinois, Curt W. (Connie) Linton of Collinsville, Illinois, Craig A. (Sherry) Linton of White Settlement, Texas, Col. Steven A. (Bonnie) Heuer USAF Ret. of Swansea, Illinois, and Linda Sue (Paula Niederecker) Heuer of Waterloo, Illinois, his grandchildren; Jay (Amanda) Linton, Stuart Linton, Tiffany Linton, Matthew (Jessica Byrd) Linton, Elizabeth Linton, Ashley Linton, Alex (Jamie) Heuer, and Patrick Heuer, seven great grandchildren, a sister, Debra DeBaere of Kenosha, Wisconsin, his former wife, Marilyn Linton, nee Lorenz, of Belleville, Illinois, two brothers-in-law; Bob Bishop of Troy, Illinois and Louis F. (Mary) Olvitt of Sparta, Wisconsin, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Memorials are appreciated to the First United Presbyterian Church in Collinsville, Illinois or the Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri. Memories and expressions of condolences may be made at Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois. Interment will be Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Beverly Ruser

May 10, 2013

Lois, please accept my sincerest sympathies in the loss of your husband. It seems, unfortunately, that is not a choice that is ours to make. I enjoyed meeting Ell at our reunions and know that u both were very happy. Condolences are sincere. Bev Ruser

Jim Holder

May 8, 2013

Ell Linton was truly a great man and friend to so many.
Who could ever forget that laugh or Ell sharing another
great sports story! There was no bigger Rams fan, and
Ell was so well thought of by so many St Louis sports celebrities. Our thoughts and prayers to Lois, Curt, and the
entire Linton family in the loss of a truly great man!

Jim Holder

May 8, 2013

It was truly an honor to know Ell Linton. How I enjoyed my visits
with Ell & Lo at Broadway Ford and
Truck. Ell was a great story teller and
who could ever forget that wonderful laugh?
No body was a bigger Rams fan,
and Ell was so well thought of by many
St Louis sports celebrities, who had the opportunity
to get to know him.
Our thoughts and prayers to Lois, Curt and the entire
Linton family for the loss of a truly great man!

Jerilyn Chitwood

May 8, 2013

We are in Las Vegas today and will not be able to share our grief and loving thoughts with you at this time. We both owe so very much to Mr Linton and the Broadway Ford family. You all know how very special you have always been to us. We will be in contact when we return home. Our prayers to you all. Walter and Jerilyn Chitwood

Mike Kitchen

May 6, 2013

So proud to have known Mr. Linton, what a really great man. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lois and all the family.

Susan Lewis-Caldwell

May 6, 2013

Thinking of you, Lois, and the family at this difficult time and wishing you comfort and peace.

Scott Karstens

May 6, 2013

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I always enjoyed dealing with Ell both when I was an instructor with the Black Knights, and when I sold phone systems for Southwestern Bell.

james diemer

May 6, 2013

Lois and family, Sorry to hear of Ell's passing. Our thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time. Jim and Bonnie Diemer

Jan Ingalls

May 6, 2013

I will forever be thankful for the opportunity Mr Linton gave me to work for 8 years at his wonderful company. God Bless

Niccy Nebelsick-Cook

May 6, 2013

To the Linton Family,

Mr. Linton took a chance and hired me as a receptionist for Broadway Ford in 1985. He and Curt mentored me for nearly 13 years in accounting and customer service. I will be forever greatful for everything he taught me.