Linus J. Lentz
March 13, 1938 ~ November 11, 2008
Linus Lentz age 70 of Elma, IA, died on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 in an automobile accident. Linus Joseph Lentz was born on March 13, 1938 to Charles and Gertrude (Freidhof) Lentz in Elma, IA. Linus graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Elma in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in Japan. He received his honorable discharge in 1958. He then was employed by Frank Schnur as a feed salesman on November 17, 1958. He was a feed salesman for Purina Mills and recently Big Gain. Linus was united in marriage to Elsie Chihak on May 8, 1965 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes. He continued to work as a feed and seed salesman for Big Gain to the present. Linus enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, playing cards, golf, gardening and his flower gardens. He was active in the Elma Fire Department serving as chief, assistant chief and fireman for 43 years. Linus was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Elma Fire Department, Knights of Columbus - Council 4144, Iowa Trappers Association, Chief Ranger of Catholic Order of Foresters Court #878 and Elma American Legion John Frahm Post 597. Linus is survived by his wife Elsie Lentz of Elma, IA; five children Vicki Lentz of Tulsa, OK, Tony Lentz of Elma, IA, Andy Lentz, of Elma, IA, Karen Lentz of Merrit Island, FL and Brenda (Scott) Lucas of Pittsboro, NC; four grandchildren Ciara Stephenson and Morgan and Brooke Lucas; three sisters Charlotte (Bob) Sweeney of Chicago, IL, Sister Bonita Lentz RSM of Cedar Rapids, IA and Rose Mary (Thomas) Walsh of Lewisville, NC; four brothers John (Sandra) Lentz of Elma, IA, Daniel (Dena) Lentz of Mill Creek, WA, Michael (Robin Fishman) Lentz of Albuquerque, NM and Joseph Lentz of Freeport, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Gertrude Lentz; one son David on December 9, 1982. Cemetery: Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Elma with Steve Mashek, Dan Gronwoldt, Loren Gronwoldt, Kenny Gebel, John Boyle, Terry Worple, David Burns and Roger Wilson serving as casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be Ed Novak, Arnold Maravetz, Merle Worple, John Worple, Keith Roethler, Mike Heying, Elma Fire Department, Knights of Columbus-Council 4144 and Catholic Order of Foresters. Military rites provided by the Elma American Legion John Frahm Post 597. Visitation: Visitation will be from3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008 with a scriptural wake service at 5:00pm and a rosary at 4:30pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA.