Douglas Kephart Linn

Oct. 4, 1946 – April 19, 2011

Douglas Kephart Linn was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 4, 1946, the son of Fred and Louise Linn of Chicago. He entered eternal life April 19, 2011, at age 64.

Douglas attended high school in Chicago prior to enlisting in the Air Force in 1963. He served two tours in Vietnam and returned to Chicago to work for United Airlines at O’Hare International Airport as a jet mechanic. He then moved to Milwaukee and studied mechanical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 1979, he started working for International Harvester at their Waukesha foundry, which later became Navistar International, until he retired after almost 30 years. He finally achieved his lifelong dream to live in the Northwoods when he moved to Adams in 2008.

He was an avid sportsman, outdoorsman and active in a variety of clubs. He was president of the Easton Snow Seekers snow mobile club, a member of the Montello Gun Club, a member of the Lake Delton Sportsman Club, a member of the Westfield Shooting Club and a member of the Cedar Shack Dart’s Club. He will be greatly missed by so many whose lives he touched.

He was a devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and patriot. He is survived by his father, Fred Linn; sisters, Adair Linn (Tsutae) Nagata, Margaret Linn (Richard) Lutzke and Judith Linn (Brian Borlas) Abbott; daughter, Jennifer Linn (Harold) Higgins; granddaughter, Samantha Elizabeth Linn; great-grandson, Cooper Linn Collins; his nephews, Sen (Yoon Kyung Yeum) Nagata and Iyasu Nagata; and great-nephew, Kan Nagata.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Linn.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, with a time of remembrance to be celebrated at 3:15 p.m. Cremation rites were afforded and a private interment, with military honors, will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Douglas’s name would be appreciated for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the National League of POW/MIA Families or Ducks Unlimited.

Harder Funeral Home is serving the family. For additional information, please call 781-8350 or visit online at for directions and to leave condolences.