Alfred “Nick” Linnerson Jr., 78, of Albion, NE, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Cloverlodge Care Center in Saint Edward, NE.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Albion, NE, with Rev. Mary Avidano officiating. Interment will follow at West Hill Cemetery, rural Genoa with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #162 and VFW Post #736. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Levander Funeral Home of Albion, NE.
Memorials are suggested to the family, for later designation to Diabetes Research and Cloverlodge Care Center.
Alfred Nicholas Linnerson Jr, age 78 died Tuesday, December 15, 2015 with his family at his side in St Edward, Nebraska at the Cloverlodge Care Center.
He was born on September 9th, 1937 to Alfred, Sr and Irma (Samson) Linnerson on a farm outside of Genoa. His father was a farmer and his mother would be a school teacher. Nick was raised on a farm on the Old Belgrade Road and graduated from Genoa High School in 1954. Upon graduation, Nick joined the US Army and served three years in France as a member of a Construction Battalion. They built schools and other infrastructure for the military.
On his return he met Judy Phillips and began a romance that defined much of his life. They were married at the St Edward Methodist Church in 1958. Nick and Judy farmed near Genoa and raised 4 children, Peggy, Carl, Sherry and Patti. In later years Nick was a district sales manager for several seed companies. After, 40 something years of marriage, Judy died after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. However, he and the family became blessed with his second marriage to Willa. Willa and Nick established a home in Albion, NE with her youngest daughter Tia. Willa and Nick enjoyed many happy years traveling and laughing.
He was an active member of Church, serving as a Church Council member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Genoa and United Church of Christ Congregational in Albion.
Nick pursued many interests but received hours of enjoyment from Chess. He participated in over the board tournaments but his true pleasure became postal chess. He played as many as 25 games at one time, mailing 5 or 6 moves every day. He liked postal chess because he didn’t have to listen to his opponent gloat when he lost. Despite this claim, he actually won several tournaments.
Nick is survived by his wife of 12 years: Willa; his sisters: Adeline and John Gregory of Topeka, KS; Darlene Simon of Williamsburg, VA; his children: Mrs. Peggy and Dave Sharpe of Des Moines, IA; Mr and Mrs. Carl and Diane Linnerson of Nebraska City, NE; Mrs.Sherry and John Canfield and Mrs. Pattiand Jim Holloway, all of Lincoln; step children: Doug and Connie Campbell of Broken Bow, NE; Allen and Cyndy Campbell of Granite Falls, WA; Melissa Campbell of Broken Bow, NE; Tia and Craig Iossi of Omaha, NE; 12 grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren; and several great grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife Judy; his sisters: Barbara Imig and Kathleene West; and step-grandson: Tony Campbell.