Gerald Linton obituary (2021) – Missoula, MT


Gerald William Linton

Gerald William Linton, 85, of Hamilton, MT, died at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital on Thursday, September 9, 2021, due to complications from COPD.

Gerald was born August 8, 1936 in Priest River, Idaho, to James Robert Linton, Sr., and Cora Ellen (Brumley) Linton. He was the third of 10 children, with seven brothers: Jimmy, Curtis, Larry, Raymond, Denny, Delbert and Mickey; and two sisters: June (Pettit) and Joy (Altmaier).

Gerald had a wide variety of talents and interests, including planning and performing elaborate pranks, but his favorite hobby was fishing.

Growing up and into adulthood, he worked in the forestry industry in Priest River. He later worked in road construction, building the I-90 over Lookout Pass, and building missile silos near Great Falls. Eventually he returned to logging and bought his own truck. Then he started and operated Linton Excavating. He worked long hours on various projects in the Priest River / Priest Lake area. He worked hard all his life, but whenever he had a spare moment he was found hunting, fishing, or planning a fishing trip, culminating in his favorite fishing hole: Brown Lake.

Gerald married Beverly Clark in 1956. They had two children, Gerald (Jerry) and Michele. They later divorced.

In 1965, he married Margaret Ann Kappelman. They had a child, Theresa. In 1974 they moved to Lolo, MT where they purchased the Piney Woods Cafe, Motel and Gas Station, and for over 10 years they had a very successful and memorable business.

After selling Piney Woods, he took over logging as a driver and loader operator, this time in Darby, and later for Seeley Lake Logging, with the Bartlett family.

Gerald retired after a logging injury in 2005. He moved to Corvallis in 2010, where he spent the rest of his years creating a beautiful environment for himself and for the birds and wildlife that were crossing his property.

He was predeceased by his parents, James Sr and Ellen; brothers, Jimmy, Curtis, Larry, Raymond and Dennis; and her sister, June Pettit. He is survived by his sister, Joy Altmaier of Priest River, ID; brothers, Delbert and wife Cindy of Spokane, WA; Mickey and his wife Vickie of Priest River, ID; her children Jerry and Pat Nooney of Missoula; Michele and her husband Don Kisler of Kalispell; Theresa and her husband Mike Winn from Missoula; her grandchildren, Holly, Christi, Leslie, Shelby and Katy; and many nieces and nephews. He was much loved and will be missed by all who knew him!

A private family celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Posted by Missoulian on Sep 19, 2021.


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