CSM (Retired) Daniel George Linehan Jr.
Funeral service for CSM (Retired) Daniel George Linehan Jr., will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019 in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain (CPT) Garrett Cardinet, Fort Sill, officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma.
Daniel George Linehan, Jr., age 81, Lawton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Oklahoma City after a long illness. He was born on September 21, 1937 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Daniel George Linehan, Sr. and Catherine (Wilhelm) Linehan, the first of eight children.
Daniel joined the U. S. Army in 1958 and retired in 1979 after 21 years of distinguished service to his country. He was a linguist who spoke French, Russian, and German and much of his service was as an Intelligence Analyst. He began his service in Panama and was later transferred to Nottau, Germany, serving as a Voice Interceptor. While in Germany, he met and married his wife of 56 years, Herta Rodig in Passau. From there they received orders for Augusta, Georgia, and then to Monterey, California. After completing training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, he served his first tour of duty in Vietnam in Saigon. When he returned, he was stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on loan to the U.S. Navy. Then came his second tour of duty in Vietnam, this time in the highlands of Pleiku. Upon his safe return, Daniel and his family were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Their next move was to El Paso, Texas, where Daniel attended training at the Sergeant Majors Academy. His final tour of duty was Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, where he served with the 33rd Field Artillery as Command Sergeant Major.
After retiring from the Army, Daniel completed a Bachelor of Science in Business at Cameron University, graduating in 1980. Later he earned a Master of Business Administration at Oklahoma City University. Upon graduating, he completed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. He then began his second career as Director of Community Activities at Ft. Sill from which he retired in 1999.
While traveling around the world, Daniel and Herta raised their three children, two daughters, Monika and Ellen Ann, and a son, Daniel George III. Daniel was a supportive father and husband, proud of his family and their accomplishments. He had a brilliant mind and was a seemingly endless fount of knowledge. He was well read and enjoyed mental challenges, puzzles, and beating the odds. The consummate storyteller, Daniel had a gift for holding his audience in suspense. He was also a collector of, among other things, coins, stamps, and fine cigars.
He is survived by his wife of the home, Herta Linehan; daughter, Monika Linehan, Lawton; daughter Ellen Ann Linehan-Keller and husband Larry, Plano, Texas; son, Daniel George Linehan, III and wife Rena, Norman; three granddaughters, Carley Van Hooser, Josie Linehan, and Danielle Linehan, Norman; his mother, Catherine Linehan, Oklahoma City; brother, John Linehan and wife Caroline, Stillwater; sister, Patricia Ann Platt, Oklahoma City; brother Michael Linehan; brother, Steven Linehan and wife Sherri, Bartlesville; brother, Richard Linehan, Bartlesville; sister, Mary Elkins and husband Glen, Bartlesville; brother, Bill Linehan and wife Allyson, Bartlesville; a sister-in-law, Anna Stuppy, Giessen, Germany; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Daniel George Linehan, Sr.
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