August 18, 1924 - August 26, 2016

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for John Henry Linkert, age 92, of Sauk Rapids who died Friday at his home. Rev. Paul Cloeter and Rev. Harvey Ehlers will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Trinity Lutheran prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

John was born August 18, 1924 in Eagan to Andrew & Louise (Schindeldecker) Linkert. He married Ethel Trapp on April 10, 1948 at Trinity Lone Oak Church in Eagan. They lived and farmed in the Eagan area until 1967, when they moved to a farm in Mayhew Lake Township. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. John loved to farm. He was able to help his son put the crops in this spring. He could drive a tractor all day. John planted a small garden this spring and worked hard to keep the weeds out. If he wasn’t in the garden, he was on the lawn mower. John always said, “I would rather be poor and happy, than rich and sad.” He loved everyone!

Survivors include his children, Charlotte Peterson (Leon Wacker) of Sauk Rapids, John A. & Dawn Linkert of Sauk Rapids, Carol & Walter Wendt of Sauk Rapids, Marianne Koenig (Mark Anderson) of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Kimberly, Vicki, Eric, Brian, Luke, Lisa, Kevin, Melissa, Robert and 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; son-in-law, Greg Koenig; sisters and brothers, Louise Linkert, Mary Murphy, Anna Heuer, Frederika Schwanz, Gertrude Harstad, Andrew, Frances Heuer, Sophie Schwanz, Godlieb, Godfrey and Emma Pohl.