Herbert L. Linder

February 07, 1934 - April 04, 2024


Obituary For Herbert L. Linder

MADISON - Herbert Lawrence Linder, age 90, passed away on April 4, 2024. He was born on February 7, 1934, in Sparta, WI, the first child to Walter H. and Maude E. (Larrabee) Linder of Tomah, WI.

Growing up in a farming and cranberry growing community, it didn’t take Herb long to begin pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a devoted hunting and fishing enthusiast. He accumulated a game room/man cave in his basement that was second to none and even incorporated into furniture!

Herb was very sociable as a child and had many friends growing up. By the time he reached high school, he was a well-developed athlete and excelled in numerous sports – including football, boxing, basketball, and track – a real hometown hero!

After high school Herb was working in a gas station with a car up on a hoist when he cut a wire holding up a muffler, and the wire came down and stuck in his left eye. He lost sight in the eye, but it never hardened him. He joined the Army the following year and spent two years in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Herb started working as a painter for his uncle Bob, a profession at which he excelled, later going to work for the City of Madison where he remained until his retirement.

Herb’s life changed dramatically when his son Walter passed away. Fortunately, his significant other, Dolly Schmelzer, was able to provide him with love and support.

Herb is survived by his daughters, LaVaughn Stroud in Fort Worth, TX and Kimberly Dunbar in Fairview, OR; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sister, Sonja (James) Derkez; brother, Dennis (Miline) and a modest number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Walter; sister, Shirley (Marvin) Hart; and significant other, Dolly Schmelzer.

Herb was a good person and a loyal friend. May the Lord find room for him in His kingdom.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison.

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  • April 14, 2024

    Herb was our neighbor in Madison when I was growing up. I have fond memories of Herb and my Dad standing in the driveway bullshitting about anything and everything! My Dad always admired Herb's beautifully kept lawn and landscaping. Herb admired my Dad's huge vegetable garden! Herb will be missed. RIP and keep heaven's grass looking beautiful! With Love - Joyce (Stutika) Gould.

  • April 12, 2024

    My condolences to all who knew Herb. I knew Herb through Lisa Simmons. Who is one of Dolly's daughters. Herb was a good man. May he rest in peace!

  • April 11, 2024

    So sorry for your loss

  • April 11, 2024

    Dad, I recently found you back in September 2023. I got to meet you for the first time in 56 years. We had a great visit. I feel blessed to have met you. We had some great laughs on the phone. I will miss those calls to you. I will think of you daily! May you find peace Dad. Love you my lifetime! Your recently found daughter Lori Kline. oxoxoxoxo

  • April 11, 2024

    My sincere condolences to Herb's family members and friends. He was a nice person and a kind and helpful neighbor. I will miss him. Chris Bodoh

  • April 10, 2024

  • April 10, 2024

    Herb was married to my sister, Laura Linder, for many years--and they had a beautiful son, Walter Linder. I'm so sorry that whomever prepared his obit didn't know that he was married for quite a few years. He was my very, very, funn, enthusiastic, crazy, spirited, talented, brother in law. I'm sure this world will miss him!!!! Betty Dotseth/Wausau WI

  • April 10, 2024

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of Herb. We loved him so much. Lisa, Robert and Mackenzie Simmons

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