Rodney “Rod” Dean Linkin

Rodney “Rod” Dean Linkin, 79, of New London, Iowa entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

Rod was born on December 29, 1943, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, he was the son of Virgil Hanks and Wilma Kathleen (Williamson) Linkin. Rod was united in marriage to Carol Anne Blow on June 13, 1965 at Danville First Baptist Church.

Rod graduated from New London High School, attended the University of Iowa for two years and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant. He worked for J.I. Case Company in Burlington and Rock Island and retired from I.A.A.P. in 2001 as a Contract Administrator. Rod was a member of Danville First Baptist Church. He served on the New London Utilities Board and the New London Board of Adjustments.

Rod enjoyed being called on by his children and grandchildren to fix whatever was needed and spending his leisure time surrounded by nature and his black labs, Buddy and Apollo. He especially loved the time spent with his family in their cabin at Linkin Northwoods during Christmas and other family gatherings.

Survivors include his wife Carol of 58 years; daughter, Brigette Linkin of New London; two sons, Travis (Jena) Linkin of Mt. Union and Trent (Karin) Linkin of Oakville; seven grandchildren, Blade (Rebbecca) McQuiggin, Mariah DeWitt, Branson DeWitt, Camden Linkin, Kyra Linkin, Brianne (Trevor) Snaadt and Trever Linkin; three great-grandchildren, Lara, Emmett, and Carlee due in November; one Step granddaughter and five step great-grandchildren.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson Brock McQuiggin.

According to his wishes cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel and private family services are being held. Memorials have been established to Pheasants Forever and St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of Rod and may be mailed in care of Lunning Chapel, 2620 Mt. Pleasant Street, Burlington, Iowa.

Rod’s final resting place will be at his beloved Linkin Northwoods.


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