ForeverMissed

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.

Posted by Vicki Lyons on January 18, 2019
Thinking of you and your Mom especially today. Miss you both!♥️
Posted by Vicki Lyons on January 18, 2018
Elliot I am sure you are joyful this day since your Mom joined you in heaven. I am thinking of you both especially today. I miss her too so much. Tell her we are not neglecting your Dad or her pets. I’ve been watering and feeding the cats often and taking Missy for a walk. I do everything I can for her. RIP
Posted by Joani Moore on January 18, 2017
Hello Elliot. I think of you often. Good news, Atokad is going to be up and running again. I saw Jeannie and Allison at a band function this summer. Your daughter has turned in to a beautiful, young woman. You did well with her. You are greatly missed. RIP Elliot
Posted by Joani Moore on February 28, 2016
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!
Posted by Joani Moore on January 18, 2016
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
Posted by Maxine Linafelter on February 27, 2014
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.
Posted by Vicki Lyons on January 19, 2014
Still missing you. Some people at
GW remember you too...especially at this time.
Posted by Maxine Linafelter on January 18, 2014
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.
Posted by Jean Linafelter on December 26, 2013
Please tell me Annie is with you today........
Posted by Joani Moore on June 1, 2012
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.
Posted by Deb & Skip Francisco on February 28, 2012
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.
Posted by Maxine Linafelter on February 28, 2012
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.
Posted by Vicki Lyons on February 27, 2012
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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Posted by Vicki Lyons on January 18, 2019
Thinking of you and your Mom especially today. Miss you both!♥️
Posted by Vicki Lyons on January 18, 2018
Elliot I am sure you are joyful this day since your Mom joined you in heaven. I am thinking of you both especially today. I miss her too so much. Tell her we are not neglecting your Dad or her pets. I’ve been watering and feeding the cats often and taking Missy for a walk. I do everything I can for her. RIP
Posted by Joani Moore on January 18, 2017
Hello Elliot. I think of you often. Good news, Atokad is going to be up and running again. I saw Jeannie and Allison at a band function this summer. Your daughter has turned in to a beautiful, young woman. You did well with her. You are greatly missed. RIP Elliot
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Shared by Maxine Linafelter on February 27, 2013

Many memories today - one I remembered - when he was in the eighth grade,Elliot put paneling upstairs  did it all  himself, and in the process cut his hand by his little finger with the power saw, and never said anything about it.  When we were coming home from my grandparents on Thanksgiving,  several days later, he complained about his hand hurting, and there it was!  A big red streak going up his arm!  Of course, that meant a doctor's visit at the hospital and antibiotics.  So typical - keeping things to himself and thinking he could handle everything by himself.   Even though it is another year added,  there is something  - it seems like everyday - that brings back vivid memories.  Take care  and take it one day at a time.

Shared by Deb & Skip Francisco on February 28, 2012
The memories are what always makes us smile. I'll never forget meeting Elliot, he flew to Arizona with his Mom, & Aunt Vicki for our wedding. I was a nervous wreck having company come all that way to be there for Skip. It meant a lot to both of us. We had a great time during that visit, and while he was there, he fixed our sprinklers, told us what the noise our car was making was caused by, and fixed that too. In the years since that meeting, he got married to a beautiful woman, (Jean ;-). )' And together we watched our children grow, and no one loved their children more. We look at his picture every day, and always start our day with a smile! Thanks Elliot.....we love you lots!.......xxxooo
Shared by Maxine Linafelter on February 27, 2012

What an a nice memorial.  I am sitting here with many tears, as well as many thoughts.  When I was over to the house this afternoon, I went into the garage and saw his tools, and felt as though he was right there, puttering, and messing around.  Then I saw his red Huskers cap on the work bench, and thought of all the times he  hollered or cussed at the football games in progress. 

We all have many thoughts and reminders of all the times we had good and bad, and that we can't go back to the way things were, but  we go ahead, sometimes, it is only one day at a time.