Martin F. Linhorst died peacefully on July 6, 2019; nine days shy of his 90th birthday.
He succumbed to a short illness, though he had lived a few years in the assisted living wing of Brookdale Heartland Park in Seward.
Mr. Linhorst was born on July 15, 1929 at home to Martin H. and Mary (Schulz) Linhorst at their farm along Sandy Creek, near Hillsboro, Mo. Mr. Linhorst attended parochial school at Zion Lutheran Church, high atop a nearby hill. He attended Herculaneum High School but left before graduating to work full time on the family farm when his older brother, Harvey, was drafted for World War II. One of Mr. Linhorst’s joyful moments came as a surprise on his 80th birthday when his children presented him with an honorary diploma provided by Herculaneum High School.
After World War II, Mr. Linhorst worked on the family farm and also learned the carpentry trade, where he earned the nickname “Chief” because of his knowledge and skill.
On March 16, 1951, he married Loisjean Luebbe in Hastings, where she was a Lutheran school teacher. They had met as pen pals through Walther League, a group for Lutheran teens. For two years the new couple lived and farmed with Mr. Linhorst’s parents in Missouri. Early in 1953, Mr. Linhorst enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and Mrs. Linhorst returned to her own parent’s farm near Utica. That summer, Mr. Linhorst contracted rheumatic fever and received a medical discharge. He then moved to Nebraska and the couple took up farming near Waco.
Over the years, the couple expanded their farming operation, embraced technological changes that revolutionized agriculture, raised a family and took an active role in their community and in their church, St. Paul Lutheran in Utica. In 1969, Mr. Linhorst began building a new house for the family and they moved in the following December. Mr. Linhorst was an officer and board member of many organizations, including local farmers’ cooperatives, York County Farm Bureau, the Lutheran Laymen’s League and Utica American Legion Post #49. Mr. and Mrs. Linhorst enjoyed working, organized social gatherings in their church and community, and took pride in the appearance and upkeep of their farm. Their son, Marvin, now operates the farm.
Mr. Linhorst is survived by four children, Stan (Sue) Linhorst of Manlius, N.Y., Susan (Lloyd) Tiffany of McPherson, Kan., Marvin (Judy Ann) Linhorst of Waco and Judy Marie (Mike) Mullally of Seward; nine grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Linhorst of Denver, Colo., Heather (Scott) Campbell of Olathe, Kan., Katie (Corey) Hackbart of Seward, Pastor Aaron (Rachelle) Tiffany of Wichita, Kan., Rachelle (Josh) Menard pf McPherson, Kan., Mike Linhorst of New York, N.Y., Stephanie (Tim) Bertagnoli of Milford, Molly Linhorst of Cambridge, Mass. and Hannah Mullally of Chillicothe, Ohio and thirteen great-grandchildren. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Loisjean Linhorst; parents, Martin and Mary Linhorst; brother, Harvey Linhorst; sister, Stella Placke and a host of other relatives and friends.
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” (NIV).
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Utica with Pastor Jon Dunbar and Pastor Richard Gudgel officiating. Interment will take place at the Utica Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12 from 2 – 8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Volzke Funeral Home in Seward. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran School tuition fund, Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Utica Senior Center. Volzke Funeral Home of Seward is handling the arrangements. www.volzkefuneralhome.com.