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Bill Linneman - June 12, 2011

William (Bill) Eugene Linneman of Julesburg was born June 4, 1927 in Glasgow, Mo. He died June 12, 2011 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. He was 84 years old.

He spent many of his early years in Cripple Creek but graduated from high school in Glasgow. After high school, Bill joined the United States Navy and proudly served during World War II. After his military service, Bill and his brother ran LH Linneman Construction, working out of Denver. They laid gas and water pipeline throughout Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and South Dakota.

During this time Bill met and fell in love with Laura Hamrick. The two were married, and together they raised two daughters: Shirley (Linneman) Gerk and Judy (Linneman) Schweers.

Later Bill worked for and retired from Greeley Gas Company. When Bill retired, he and Laura relocated to Julesburg.

During his life, Bill had many interests. He was an active Mason, 32nd degree, and in 2007 he was honored when he received his 50-Year Award. Bill was also an active member of the Shriners. During his membership, he was active in the Motor Patrol and enjoyed the time he was able to spend driving “Leapin’ Lena,” a car that was engineered to perform tricks during parades. Bill was also a member of the Elks.

Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing. He had a love for sports, especially basketball. Bill loved watching professional games and loved watching his grandchildren play.

After retirement, Bill kept busy. He volunteered as a travel counselor at the Colorado Welcome Center in Julesburg. He really enjoyed the time there and the people he was able to work with.

One of his favorite things was having coffee and breakfast with good friends.

Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and his wife, Laura, who died in 1993.

He is survived by both of his daughters, Shirley Gerk and husband Bruce of Julesburg and Judy Schweers and husband Doug of Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren, Frank Skrbina, Megan Gaylor, Erin Cornelius, Kim Gerk, Wendy Stevens, Cory Haynes and Shelly Gerk; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will be holding a viewing for Bill at Julesburg United Methodist Church, 520 Maple Street, Julesburg, CO, on Friday, June 17 from 4-6 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at Julesburg United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery in Julesburg. Memorials may be sent to United Methodist Church of Julesburg.