Granby relic Bud Linke dies
William Frederick “Bud” Linke, 89, of Granby, passed away quietly at his home on Oct. 20, 2010, two days short of his 90th birthday. He was born Oct. 22, 1920, the first of three sons born to Frederick “Fritz” and Alice (Fox) Linke. Bud spent his life in the valley homestead 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 25, 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 Metal 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 since then.
On Feb. 11, 1950, he married Helen Catharine Odell, his childhood friend. They moved into their house on the ranch south of Granby, 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 many years Bud was on the East Grand School Board. He was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and a longtime 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 1900s. He did take time to enjoy hunting, fishing, bowling and snowmobiling. Bud also enjoyed ice skating with Helen, watching his children, grand children and in his later years his great grand children in their various activities was something he loved. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bud 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 at 11a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Church of the Eternal Hills with Reverend Bill Sanders officiating. Interment will be in the Granby Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to the Heart of the Mountains Hospice, PO Box 1093, Granby, CO 80446. Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Aspen Mortuaries, Lakewood.
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