Leonard Jess Linn


Leonard Jess Linn, 95, Sturgis, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

Leonard was born September 24, 1917, in Arnold, NE, to Fred and Alice (Main) Linn.  He grew up in the Dupree area, attended school in Dupree, and graduated in 1936.

Leonard married Violet Smith June 8, 1944, at Dupree.  The first few years of their married life were spent living in a sheep wagon; they eventually purchased the Lars Peterson Ranch northwest of Dupree where they raised their four sons and ranched until moving to Sturgis in 2005.

He was the Ziebach County Republican Chairman for many years.  Leonard was a life-long rancher and his favorite past-time was working with his Belgium work horses, Molly and Dolly.

Survivors include four sons, Marvin (Deb) Linn, Sturgis; Robert (Vicki) Linn, Newell; Ronald (Amy) Linn, Dupree; and Gary Linn, Lead; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Violet; two brothers, Ray and Floyd; and two sisters, Elva and Barbara.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Dupree with Rev. Willard Olsen officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church in Dupree.  Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery.

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