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Donald Dennis Linnan

September 19, 1929 - December 15, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Donald Dennis Linnan

Donald Dennis Linnan

Born: September 19, 1929
Died: December 15, 2018
Age: 89

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     Donald Dennis Linnan was born September 19, 1929 in Fort Dodge, IA to William and Berniece (Cavanaugh) Linnan.  He grew up in Pocahontas, graduating from Sacred Heart Catholic School and received his Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State College.

     Don married Joan Wainwright on January 22, 1955 in Pocahontas, IA. They lived in Pocahontas while Don worked with his father in the family owned construction company.  They later moved to Des Moines where he worked for the DOT.

     In 1959, they moved to Storm Lake where Don was the Buena Vista County Engineer for 35 years.  He served as president of the Association of County Engineers during this time and received many recognition awards from the State of Iowa for his engineering work.

     He coached Little League baseball and served on many boards, including: Big Brothers, St. Mary’s School Board, Knights of Columbus’ Columbus Club, Lake Creek Country Club and the former Northwest Aging Association.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 through 1953, during the Korean War, and was honored to participate in the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in May 2015.

     Don enjoyed vacationing with family, golfing, fishing and playing cards.  Recently, Don found enjoyment playing pool with fellow residents at the Highlands.

     Don passed away on December 15, 2018 at the Spencer Hospital, surrounded by his family.  He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Colleen Rabenberg; his parents, William and Berniece; and his in-laws, Ray and Ruby Wainwright.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joan; his children Ron Rabenberg, Brian (Barb) Linnan, Ann Marie (David) Linnan-Smith, Maureen (Ron) Sippel, Joni (Brent) Sliefert, Amy (Richard) Noah; 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Roger Linnan
Father Tim Hogan
David Sippel
Ben Linnan
Zach Sliefert
Andrew Noah
Cal Noah
Sam Sliefert
Visitation will start at 9:00 A.M., on the day of the service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
St. Mary's Cemetery
Storm Lake, Iowa


Monday, December 31, 2018 at 9:36 AM
“Dear Ann, dads are such a special blessing to their daughters. When they pass, they leave a special empty space in your heart. Looking at his wonderful smile, I can see where you get your own beautiful smile from. Love, Prayers, and Peace to you.”
- Vicki Saviano
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:04 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.”
- Irene Leonard
Monday, December 24, 2018 at 10:04 PM
“Our sympathy to you and your family. We send our prayers. Irene & Dutch Leonard & Eileen Stoulil.”
- Irene Leonard
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:02 AM
“Amy and Rich - we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Our sympathy ”
- Colleen and Bill Gerdeman
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM
“Our sincere sympathies and heartfelt prayers to you and your family.”
- Kathy and Joe Fivelson
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM
“Dear Joan,Father Linnan, and Linnan family, please accept my prayers and most sincere sympathy. There was an Irish party waiting for Don in heaven. He was a honey.”
- Judy A Johnson
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:59 AM
“Hugs to all of you.....lots of fond memories.....hard to let go....prayers and love from all in our family .....”
- Tim & Pegi Cavanaugh
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“Joan and family we express our deepest condolences to all of you. Don was one of the finest gentleman I ever met. I considered him a close friend , a mentor and a leader. He helped me a lot when I was working for the IDOT with the county engineers. He was always willing to give advice and counsel on how to work with his peers. I have no idea how much trouble I stayed away from because of his advice. Joan you and Don invited me into your home and for that I felt extremely fortunate. Thanks bunches. I wish I could be with you for a bit while you are going through these troubling times. We love you.”
- Del & Margaret Jespersen
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12:49 PM
“Gus and I have such fond memories of times spent listening to Mom and Dad and Don and Joan tell stories. Laughter and caring are what I remember the most. Thank you for sharing your husband, dad, grandfather, friend with us all. Much love to all.”
- Jane (Andrews) and Gus Erickson
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:56 AM
“Dear Linnans-I remember how welcome you made me feel when I taught band at St. Mary's in Storm Lake 30+ years ago. Kindness like that is never forgotten. Please know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead. Peace be with you.”
- Laura (Hahn) Hanna
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:56 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Don was such a nice man. I always enjoyed talking to him. My thoughts are with all of you. ”
- Libby Kestel
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathy to Jo & your family in the loss of husband ,Don. As you know he is now RIP. You will all be in our prayers. Lary & Patty Gunville---Storm Lake, Iowa”
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM
“Sending many prayers and much love to you. Don was a wonderful man and I have so many special memories with your family. Much love to al of you during this difficult time. ”
- Amy (Andrews) Hurley and Dan Hurley
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 10:52 AM
“We were saddened by the news of your loss. We so enjoyed visiting with you along the lake shore, and especially at the
Thursday night prayer meetings. We send you our deepest sympathies and prayers.”
- Barbara and Jerry Rathke
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 10:52 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss! Don was a wonderful man in every way! He will be missed by all.”
- Shannon and Michele Kelly
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Words cannot express how sad we feel for the loss of Don, your best friend, husband and amazing Dad. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Mary Beth, Mick, and Andrew
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:57 AM
“I enjoyed visiting, having coffee and playing pool with him. I will greatly miss him. My deepest sympathies to all of Don's family.”
- John Syvertson
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:57 AM
“So sorry to hear about Don’s passing. Didn’t get to know him very long but we know we could of .had alot of fun with him when we were younger.our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.”
- Richard and sharon Burgeson
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:57 AM
“I am so sorry to read of Don's passing. Don and you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Joan Kallsen
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