- 51 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 27, 1956
- Date of passing: Jan 18, 2008
|Let the memory of Elliot be with us forever|
Elliot Linafelter, 51, of Sioux City passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Al McCoy officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Christy-Smith Larkin Chapel. Condolences may be sent online to www.christysmith.com.
Elliot was born Feb. 27, 1956, in Sioux City, to Donald E. and Maxine (Francisco) Linafelter. He grew up and attended school in South Sioux City, graduating in 1974 as a member of the National Honor Society. He also received an appointment to West Point Military Academy following his high school graduation. He went on to attend Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., receiving a bachelor of arts degree in math and computer science.
He married Jean A. Shadbolt in South Sioux City on April 5, 1986. He moved back to the Sioux City area in the early '80s and had been a resident here ever since. He was employed with Beermann Brothers Dehy in Dakota City during his high school and college summer vacations. After college, he worked for the city of Sioux City from 1980 to 1998 as a senior system analyst. He was currently employed at Great West Casualty as a senior data base administrator.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
In his death, he gave the gift of life as an organ donor. He currently served on the board of directors at the Municipal Credit Union since 1992, serving as a chairman of the credit and personal committee. He was a former board member of the Big Soo Chapter of the D.P.M.A. He participated in the Nebraska East-West Shrine Bowl that was held at Memorial Stadium in August 1974. He was a Siouxland Community Blood Bank donor of 11 and one half gallons. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and recently became a U.S.A. Swim meet official. He was a Nebraska Husker fan.
Survivors include his wife, Jean of Sioux City; a daughter, Allison Ann Linafelter of Sioux City; his parents; two brothers, James E. Linafelter and his wife, Terri of Sergeant Bluff and Paul E. Linafelter of South Sioux City; niece and nephews, Jonna Sherlock of Emerson, Neb., Dakota and Brock Linafelter of Sergeant Bluff, Daniel Sherlock of Emerson, Neb. a sister-in-law, Joan Moore of Lincoln, Neb.; father and mother-in-law, Arden and Margaret Shadbolt of Pender, Neb.; and aunts and uncles, Skip and Deb Francisco of Arizona, Vicki Lyons of Sioux City, Carl Lyons of Vermillion, S.D., and Marjorie Pridie of Kansas City, Mo. and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Erin Jean Linafelter; and his grandparents, Clarence and Ella (Messerschmidt) Francisco and Elmer and Edna (Trask) Linafelter.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family for his daughter's, Allison, education.
"Hi Elliot. I was going through pictures the other day and came across the one at Mom and Dad's at Christmas. You were trying to figure out how to use a camera, pointed it right at your face and the flash went off. Hilarious!! That is how I like to remember the great memories we all had. Funny guy, yes you are!! You are missed and thought of often. Happy Birthday funny man!"
"Oh Elliot, I don't know what to say except that I can see you on a bike, going down the road, loving your kids and being somewhat of an outlaw, meant in the nicest possible way. You are greatly missed here but know we will meet again. You are one of the best and always will be. Take care and I think of you many times. Tell the big guy hello for me! LOL"
"I have your picture with Jeannie, Allison and Annie by my computer, and so I look at your picture often. Time goes on, but on your birthday, I know how proud everyone was on your birth. I still am proud and happy to have the years we had. Just wish they could have been more, but again, we go on."
"Still missing you. Some people at
GW remember you too...especially at this time."
"Yes. another year has gone by, but that doesn't mean I don't think of all the times you helped and all the good times we shared. I try to think of those rather than dwell on today."
"Please tell me Annie is with you today........"
"One morning on a Sunday, at approximately 10-10:30 AM, CST, I had been staying with Jeannie and Elliot for the week-end. As I was leaving on that Sunday morning, Elliot had to leave as well. We were in our own pick-ups and leaving via Hamilton Blvd. Elliot came up behind my truck, honked, there was no traffic, and we drag raced down Hamilton Blvd. for an undetermined amount of time."
"I already wrote a story, but that Blue Eyes song, really so appropriate. He saw not only with his beautiful blue eyes, but with the depth behind them, his always wanting to know the answer to a problem, whether mechinical or mental. Allison is so like her dad in so many ways, I see him in her many times."
"We'll always remember; his smile, his laugh, his love for his family, our love for him, his teasing, and how readily he gave of himself.
He could do anything, and would for anyone.
We were truly blessed to have him in our lives!
Not a day goes by that we don't think about him, and smile."
"When I wrote the date at work today, I thought of Elliot and bringing him donuts on his birthday to the office. He always kept them on his desk, and didn't "share" unless somebody came to visit him.
I still think of him stopping by & standing in my office just staring at me and waiting for me to notice him & I'd jump when I knew someone was there & he'd laugh."
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