Robert Guile (Bob) Linn of Big Piney was born on Feb. 2, 1925, in Shoshoni to Ralph S. and Jannette Guile Linn. Bob graduated from Shoshoni High School, where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. His college was interrupted by World War II. Bob was in the Air Force and was a waist gunner and toggolier on a B-17 plane. Lou Rizzuto, the last living member of the 10-man crew, told us that Bob was a quiet, serious, dedicated member of their crew.
After his discharge from the service, Bob returned to the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a degree from the Agriculture Department. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Gillette, where he met Helena Marincic. They were married on June 18, 1955, in Big Piney, and then lived on the Linn Ranch near Moneta. John and Ralph were born while they lived on the ranch.
Bob went back to UW and received a Masters Degree in Education. While in Laramie, their first daughter, Roberta, was born. Bob taught agriculture at the Wyoming Boys School in Worland and later at Ten Sleep High School. Charles, Jannette and Tom were born in Worland.
The family moved to the Marincic Ranch near Big Piney. Mary and Amy were born after the Linns moved to Big Piney. All eight Linn kids graduated from Big Piney High School.
Bob and Helena owned Linn’s Upholstery and Hardware for a time, and Bob worked for the Town of Big Piney and was a volunteer fireman. They managed the Big Piney Motel for several years before retiring.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, brother Ralph, sister Jannette Clark, sister Lucille Peyton, granddaughter Gemma Hamilton and daughter-in-law Laura Linn.
He is survived by Helena, his wife of 58 years, son John (Kim) Linn, son Ralph (Sue) Linn, daughter Roberta (Jeff) Barron, son Charles (Carrie) Linn, daughter Jannette (Gib) Van Patten, son Tom (Lindy) Linn, daughter Mary (Greg) Hamilton and daughter Amy. He is survived by his brother Josef (Judy) Linn, niece Irene (Larry) Monk, niece Delita Walker and nephew Ted (Arleen) Peyton and several cousins. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, with another soon to be born.
Bob will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a devout Catholic. He was a longtime member of American Legion Post No. 78 in Big Piney; he liked to play pinochle and May I and enjoyed eating at the senior center and seeing his friends there.
One of the highlights of his later years was in May 2010, when Bob was privileged to go with 109 other veterans and his son John to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Bob was also able to meet with other members of his Air Force crew at several reunions.
Bob was quiet but had a wry sense of humor.
Bob’s worst swear words were “sufferin’ sailfish.”
He spent his last days surrounded by family, friends and wonderful caregivers at St. John’s Hospital and Sublette Center. Funeral Mass was held Monday Dec. 2 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Big Piney. Interment followed in the Plainview Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory can be made to the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center, P.O. Box 33, Big Piney, WY 83113.For the complete article see the 12-06-2013 issue.
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