Roger Linn, 73, long time ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) survivor, died of complications from prostate cancer on Aug. 11, 2007, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services were held Aug.15 in Correctionville. Burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery. A Memorial Service was held at the Grace United Methodist Church, with Pastor Terry Fetterman and Rev. Sheryl K. Ashley officiating.
Linn was born on Dec. 21, 1933, to Dwight and Lelia Linn on the family farm near Correctionville. He graduated from Pierson High School in 1952.
While attending Iowa State College, he met his future wife Roberta (Bobbi) Badger. They were married Oct. 6, 1956. He taught high school science in Pleasantville and Lake Park, before returning to farm near his parents. He taught full-time in Anthon for several years and also substituted in other area schools.
He was a rock hound. He read about and studied geographical formations around the country and took his family on many camping trips 'out west' where they found petrified wood and other rough gemstones. He especially loved the Lake Superior region and eventually purchased a small cabin in Finland, Minn., so he always had a place to stay while rock hunting during the summer.
In the fall, farm life got busier with the harvest, but the family always found a weekend to press homemade apple cider and preserve the garden produce that he planted in the spring.
Many Siouxland families have purchased Christmas trees at Linn Nursery planted by him and his children. He also employed high school students to help dig and move evergreen trees to local windbreaks and home landscapes.
He has been a well known name in Republican politics for many years. He chaired the Woodbury County Republican Party from 1986 to 1996 and served on the Iowa State Republican Central Committee from 1986 to 1992. Roger also chaired the Platform Committee for several years at District Conventions. He was a constant advisor to those running for offices at the state and national level.
He and his family spent more than ten years researching and writing The Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century, a family history book detailing the 1788 immigration of Hugh Linn from County Down, Ireland to Pennsylvania. The book, published in 1991, chronicles the westward movement of the Linn descendents and includes anecdotes from many branches of the family tree.
Most importantly, he doted on his grandchildren. They worked together on projects from 4H to bin building. He taught the next generation things they couldn't learn in school. he always expected hard work and dedication.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dwight and Lelia Linn of Correctionville.
Survivors include his wife Bobbi; sons: David, Phred and wife Jayne, and Ron, all of Correctionville; a daughter Jan and husband Dr. Tim Swinton of Marshalltown; grandchildren: Anna, Sara, Ben, Zoe, and Isaac Linn, and Nathan and wife Sarah, Sam, Aaron and Hannah Swinton. He is also survived by an honorary son, Garry Fowler, and wife JoAnn, and their daughter Katie, all of Olathe, Kan. He has two brothers: Joe and wife Wanda, and Roy and wife Linda, all of Correctionville; also four nieces and one nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.