Douglas ‘Doug’ William Linton
Douglas “Doug” William Linton, 70, of Fairland, passed away May 21, 2017, at his residence after a 26-year battle with heart disease. Born on May 6, 1947, in Greenfield, to the late Arthur and Dorothy (Hogue) Linton.
On May 28, 1976, he married Marcia (O’Brien) Linton.
Linton was a 1965 graduate of Greenfield High School and was in the Army Reserves from 1966-1972. He worked at Western Electric in Indianapolis. In 1984, he was transferred to Oklahoma City and worked for AT&T. Linton and his family lived in Yukon, Ok., until 1991, when he was medically retired, after which they returned home to Indiana.
Doug enjoyed bowling as a youth and also spent many summers boating on the Ohio River in Madison, with his wife, family and friends. He also had a love for mowing grass and attending “plow days” around the country with his John Deere riding mower. He often said he “lived for his grandchildren” and anyone who ever spoke to him knew that was a fact. Linton enjoyed going to all of their sports and activities. He was especially proud of Brock’s athletic abilities and Sydney’s natural talent of playing the piano. He was also very proud of his daughter, Jennifer — telling everyone that she was a college cheerleader and Miss Shelby County — and his son-in-law, Matt — as he proudly wore Shelby Materials gear as often as possible.
Doug is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife; daughter, Jennifer Haehl and husband, Matt, of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Brock Pitman and Sydney Haehl, both of Shelbyville; brother, David Linton and wife, Sharon, of Rotonda West, Fla.; mother-in-law, Marge Elmore of Fairland; and his beautiful black Standard Poodle, Zelda.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Sheila Jane Linton; and beloved dogs, Ginger, Maggie, Calvin and Keister.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to St. Francis Hospice and nurse/friend, Trina Miles, for their compassionate care and support.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 25, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairland Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 225, Fairland, IN 46126 or Shelby County Babe Ruth, PO Box 712, Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Online condolences may be shared with Doug’s family at freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.