Allan D. Linder

allan linder

September 27, 1925 ~ March 31, 2020

Born in: Grand Island, NE
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Allan D. Linder, 94, passed away March 31, 2020, from cancer. He leaves his wife of 70 years, Mary (Matern) Linder; his daughter, Jo Anne (Linder) Vaughn and son-in-law Larry Vaughn; granddaughter Carrie Vaughn; grandson Rob Vaughn and granddaughter-in-law Deb Vaughn; and great-granddaughter Emery Vaughn. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces and their families. Allan was born September 27, 1925, in Grand Island, Nebraska, the son of Harold Linder and Catherine (Heins) Linder and the youngest of four brothers. During World War II from 1943 to 1946, Allan served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Matanikau in the South Pacific. Under the G.I. Bill he went on to earn a Ph.D. in biology from Oklahoma State University and was a Professor of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University from 1963 to 1988. During his career he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, worked as a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, and co-authored The Amphibians and Reptiles of Idaho. He spent his retirement traveling, square dancing, wood carving, and volunteering for various organizations in his community including Pueblo Friends of the Library at Books Again Bookstore. He was a scientist, artist, and outdoorsman, and passed on his love of nature and travel to his family. Allan and Mary have enjoyed living at the Primrose Retirement Community in Pueblo since 2016. Mary continues to live in their apartment there. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Graveside, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in the Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum.  In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or Pueblo Friends of the Library, 622 S. Union, Pueblo, CO 81004. Online condolences,


Graveside Service: June 24, 2020 10:00 am

Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum
1315 Acero Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004


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  1. Mary, we have been missing your and Al’s faces for many weeks now, remembering your faithful service at the book store. You have our deepest sympathy on Al’s death and pray that God may continue to be at your side in the sad days ahead. You both had such interesting and fruitful lives in your 70 years together. Sincerely, Roy & Freda Miltner.

  2. Eternal rest be granted to him, O Lord, and let that everlasting perpetual light continue to shine all around and over him, and may he have his rest and find peace in one of those dwelling places, those mansions in heaven. I use 5 words from the Book, the Acts of the Apostles: “He was a good man.” And when I say good I mean “faithful,” so kind and always giving. How well I remember good memories of both of you at the Wind Tower Condos, 14A Towerbridge Ct. My prayers with you and your family. Fr. Frank Davied

  3. Al was a wonderful uncle. He was one of the nicest, kindest and smartest individuals I have ever met. I am a better man for knowing him.

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