(March 13, 2002)
Frank Linneman, 40, of Moorcroft died March 13 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a long hard fight for life.
Memorial services are planned for May.
Frank, the son of Gordon and Virginia Linneman of Gillette, was born on a stormy Halloween night in 1961 in Douglas.
The family moved around but always stayed in Wyoming. Frank began school in Lander, moving in 1974 to Gillette with his family, where he graduated from Campbell County High School in 1981. While attending high school he worked in the county treasurer's office.
He attended college, but didn't finish, returning to Gillette where he began working for Western Company of North America.
In 1985 he went to saddle-maker school. He moved to Kansas in 1987, where he lived and worked for the next 10 years.
He met Sharon Robinson on a visit to Wyoming. They were married on Jan. 15, 1998, and again on May 23, 1998 when family and friends could attend.
On March 17, 1999 Frank adopted daughters Candace and Wacey.
Frank worked as a bartender and saddle maker and assisted teaching at the saddle maker school. He had a great passion for the Old West; guns, John Wayne, hunting, fishing and target practice. He also enjoyed a good thunder and lightning storm and traveling.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his best friend and wife Sharon; daughters Candace Marie and Wacey Jo, all of Moorcroft; parents Gordon and Virginia Linneman of Gillette; sisters Shelley (and Rick) Rowland of Rock Springs and Ruthie Vahlberg of Gillette; brothers Rick Linneman, Gordon Lee Linneman (and Nat) of Rozet, Don (and Beth) Linneman of Pine Haven, and Ron (and Judy) Linneman of Gillette; mother-in-law Mary Ann Robinson of Moorcroft; brother-in-law Doran (and Nena) Robinson of Clayton, N.M.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. He is also survived by his special pets Shoni and Wobbly cat.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, at Frank's request, a college fund has been established for his daughters. Memorials may be sent to the Pinnacle Bank, Box 100, Moorecroft 82721.