Henry de Linde

March 21, 1923April 4, 2019
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Henry S. de Linde, 96, Hot Springs, Arkansas died on April 4, 2019. He was born March 21, 1923 to the late John Henry de Linde and Hester Barber de Linde.

Henry was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Ruby Terry de Linde.

Henry graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1940. During WWII he served in the Army as a Tabulating Machine Operator for the 26th Mobile Machine Records Unit. He was awarded 5 Bronze Stars for campaigns in the Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, and Northern France.

Henry’s military service provided him the opportunity to go to college and graduate from the University of Arkansas under the GI Bill. He was a lifelong learner, corresponding with people all over the world, and later as an awarded history writer and researcher. Mr. Google became one of his favorite friends.

Henry’s professional career was with State Farm Insurance as a claims man and later as an attorney negotiator where he was known as a tough, but fair and honest mediator.

His passions were his family and collecting Arkansas rocks and minerals. In 1973, he became a founding member of the Coon Creek Association. This no agenda, no dues, no schedule organization included an elite group of geologist and mineral enthusiasts from across the world. In their 20 year history they discovered 7 minerals new to Arkansas and 5 minerals new to the world. In 1987, Henry had “Delindeite”, a new species of mineral named in his honor. He recently had a specimen of “Wavellite” given in his honor to the Smithsonian Museum.

Cherishing his memory are his, three children: Susan Hunter, (Doug), Steve de Linde, (Lynda) Hot Springs, Arkansas, Mark de Linde, Owensville, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Brittany Willis Evans, Megan de Linde Leonard (Derek), Madison de Linde, Jessica de Linde Dyckman (Damian), Travis de Linde, and Jacob de Linde; 5.5 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


  • Jacob de Linde
  • Travis de Linde
  • Damian Dyckman
  • Dalton Evans
  • Doug Hunter
  • Barry Kew
  • John Kew
  • Ron Kew

  • Oaklawn United Methodist Church
  • Garland County Historical Society


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Committal Service with Military Honors Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Bill Bunny Dever

April 12, 2019

So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. deLinde. He was a fascinating person to talk to and he had a very interesting history himself. May God bless the family and friends. He will be missed.

Ron Kew

April 11, 2019

Henry is my hero and I've heard others say he was theie hero too.
For me not because of his war service, but by the way he lived his life after the war and particularly the later years after he had turned 80 and remained active physically and mentally. Watching Henry grow older gave us a great example of how to grow old gracefully. As his next door neighbor, I saw him doing all his yard work after he was 90, still repairing equipment such as the lawn mower, chain saw, and leaf blower and keeping his mind active.
He and Ruby returned to Hot Springs in 2003. It was great having them back in Hot Springs. I soon noticed that if I happened to see him outside working on something or knocked on his door; it seemed I must have stopped by at just the right time for him to be ready to stop and chat for awhile. After awhile, I recognized it wasn't that I had stopped by at the perfect time for him to stop what he was doing, I was witnessing another of his great qualities. The unstated message was that Henry valued his friends and family so highly that whatever he was working on was less important to him at that moment then the person that came to see him.

Randy Weingart

April 8, 2019

Since Henry and I first met in 1972, Henry has had a special place in my life. I can remember my first visit to his "basement" collection of rocks and minerals, shortly after arriving in Hot Springs as a new Mining Engineer. My love of minerals began at an early age and meeting Henry was a dream come true. Just a few weeks ago Henry and I corresponded over a visit to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the largest in the world. In 1975 we surveyed his Avant Wavellite mine and a few years later we staked out his Mt. Ida Quartz Claim. I remember taking some explosives over to the Diamond Joe quarry so Mark, Henry and I could clean up some of the overhanging rock. Every weekend in those years was a mineral hunting extravaganza with Henry and his sons traveling all over Arkansas to dig. His accomplishments and notoriety are as unique as his bright and quick mind. A light has gone out on earth but a new spark has appeared in Heaven.
Henry was a special and unique man, who made me feel part of his family, as when invited to "masticate some bovine” or ensure I would not be alone on Holidays. I still cherish an "old timer" knife gifted to me at Christmas those many years ago. Henry was a special friend who helped me on my way, with many cherished memories of him and Ruby Jean. I will look forward when we go digging together again past Heaven's gate.

Photo with Mark, Steve and Henry at entrance to the Red Cloud Mine- 1975

Linda Bright

April 7, 2019

So enjoyed seeing him recently with his granddaughter , when they came by the shop. Prayers for you all as you go on.

Renee Lambert Lucy

April 6, 2019

It was my utter joy to claim Henry as a friend, as a mentor, and as a confidante. Meeting him at the Historical Society and finding we had mutual interests cemented our friendship. I was often surprised at his whimsical sense of humor, grateful for his knowledge of Garland County, and deeply saddened when he could no longer came to the archives to volunteer. Having lost my father when he was just a young man , Henry was often called upon to give me "fatherly" advice. Two old oak chairs in the former conference room at the archives served served us well. I will miss him deeply but feel just plain lucky that he came into my life.

My sympathy to the family, I know his leaving will leave an empty place. You are in my thoughts.
Renee Lambert Lucy

Bill & Inge Davidson

April 5, 2019

Dear DeLinde Family,
I met Henry in 2006, at a Hot Springs Geology club meeting, during our many discussions we both found out that he and my Father (Eight Army WWII) were stationed together in Pilsen Czechoslovakia in May of 1945, when the war ended. You father was the smartest non-geologist I have ever met. It was a great honor being a friend of Henry De Linde. Bless you all.
Bill Davidson
Hot Springs AR
Past Geology club president

Jim and Kaye White

April 5, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your dad. We know you will have wonderful memories. Prayers and love to all.