Owen Warne Linton was born Dec. 16, 1923 in Hastings, the third son to William and Harriet (Bailey) Linton. He attended a one room school until eighth grade and St. Paul Murray High School. Warne then transferred to the U of M School of Agriculture, a high school for farm kids.
In 1944 he joined the US Marine Corps serving in WWII and surviving Iwo Jima. Warne was discharged as a Corporal on Feb. 1, 1946. After coming home Warne married Zenna Jensen in 1946. He ran the family farm with dairy, beef and hay. They sold the farm in 1980 and moved to Huntington, Utah. While in Utah, Warne helped run the Jensen family grocery store. He enjoyed teaching school in both Minnesota and Utah. Warne and Zenna hosted many foreign exchange students and kept in touch with many to this day. The two of them also served a mission in Texas. In 2001 they moved back to Minnesota. Zenna passed away in 2004 and Warne has been a resident of Mill Ridge ever since. He was a member to the St. Francis School Board and active in the Republican Party.
Warne is survived by son; Robert (Sara) of Braham, foster son, Sean (Jenifer) Dooley of Modesto, Calif.; brother Bill (Hazel) Linton of Fridley;sister-in-law LuVerne Linton of Anoka; and by many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, Zenna; and brothers, Harry and Paul.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2742 Yellowstone Blvd. in Anoka with Bishop Peter Delong presiding and Bishop Ronald Watson conducting. Pallbearers will be Sean Dooley, Tony Fay, Yefim Greenberg, David and Robert Linton and Chuck Magdanz. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.