Born Oct. 5, 1916 in Morocco, Ind., he was the son of Alfonso H. and Bonnie F. Derr Linton.
He was a 1937 graduate of Van Buren High School.
On Aug. 12, 1945, he married Catherine E. Siner in Knightsville.
During WWII, he was a First Lieutenant, assigned to the 8th Air Force, 385th Bomb Group, 550th Bomb Squadron as a B-17 pilot. His B-17 was shot down on his 7th mission near Oerrel, Germany on March 23, 1944. As one of four survivors of his 10-man crew, he was captured and became a POW at Stalag Luft 1 for 14 months. After the war, he operated drag lines in surface coal mines in Indiana and Pennsylvania, then owned and operated Maple Grove Coal Mine in Parke and Fountain counties until he retired in 1979.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, member of the Harmony Church of Christ, Knightsville Lodge 409 F &AM, Valley of Terre Haute, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Survivors include his daughters Debbie (Joe) Burdick, Cindy Durnil and Julie Cooper, all of Rockville; seven grandchildren Lori (Dwayne) Barker, Jim (Sara) Burdick, Michael (Lana) Adams, Leah Adams, Christina (Matt) Ricketts, Betsy Cooper and Travis Cooper; and nine great-grandchildren Cierra Barker, Alyssa Burdick, Dalton Sanders, Caitlin Barker, Zachary Barker, Demitri Burdick, Jessie Burdick, Kenadie Cooper and Jaxon Ricketts.
He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine, daughter Sharon and grandson Jerry L. Adams, three brothers Owen, Arnold and Arthur Linton, one sister Yvonne Lewellyn.
Services were 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Gooch Funeral Home at 112 W. Howard St., Rockville, with Brother Grover Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Gooch Funeral Home.
Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to the Camp Wabashi (Christian Youth Camp), 3525 E. Harlan Road, Terre Haute, IN 47802 in his memory.
Friends may sign an online guest register at www.goochfuneralhome.com.