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William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.

William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.

William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.

William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.

William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.

William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, longtime Grand County rancher, of Granby, Colo., passed away October 20, 2010 quietly at his home on, two days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born October 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homesteaded by his grandparents in 1883.

Bud attended Eight Mile School for two years, Granby Elementary for six years and graduated from Kremmling Union High School. He then attended Colorado State University.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bud served in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant. He was the central fire control gunner on a B29. On May 25th 1945 his plane was shot down off the coast of Japan. After a night in the water he was picked up by a submarine, the USS Pipefish. He was a member of the Sea Squatter’s Club and the Goldfish Club for survival in the ocean with a dingy. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. Bud returned to service until his discharge in October of 1945. He has been operating the ranch south of Granby, Colo., since then.

On February 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, Colo., a wedding present from Helen’s father. They celebrated 59 years of marriage while keeping the ranch going and raising two children. For 24 years they spent winter months enjoying their second home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

For may years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a long time member of the Middle Park Stockgrowers Association. Bud was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. Bud was also an active member of the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service) and the MPSCD (Middle Park Soil Conservation District) serving as president of the MPSCD for several years.

Bud truly loved working the ranch and prided himself for carrying on the hereford tradition his dad began in the early 1900’s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling, and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice-skating with Helen. He loved watching his children, grandchildren and in his later years, great-grandchildren compete in their various activities.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Chuck); son, Richard (Dela), grandsons; Doug (Christi); Vince (Karen); three great-granddaughters; Skyler, Haiden, Briana and brother, Robert W. Linke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter; Rosemary; his wife Helen, and his brother Carl E. Linke.

Memorial services for Bud will be held November 6, 2010 at the Church of the Eternal Hills.

Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice PO Box 1093, Granby, Colo., 80446.


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