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Harold Walfred Linden
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    517 S.W. Des Moines Street
    Ankeny, IA 50023

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“I cannot express into words how wonderful Harold was. It was a privilege to be able to work for him for so many years but, more importantly, it was...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Rhonda McCabe - Sioux City, IA

“To Harold's Family, Harold was a special friend to our family for many years. The friendship started in Omaha, NE when the family lived here. It...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Eugene Krepela - OMAHA, NE

“I worked with him when he was at HTLC and I worked there. he was always helpful and willing. he was a nice guy and will be missed. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Jay Brooks - Sioux City, IA


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Harold Walfred Linden

Harold Linden, 93, was born in Oakland, NE and died at home in Ankeny, IA on April 28th. His faith and family were very important to him. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Harold graduated first in his class from Uehling (NE) high school at age 16. From there he attended Luther College in Wahoo, NE. He joined the Navy in 1944, graduating as an Aviation Mechanics Mate (AMM) in Norman, OK. He was stationed at NAS Jacksonville, FL. Highlights included the Bermuda Triangle search and rescue mission. He was honored to be yeoman with LT CMD Butch Voris on the first Blue Angels crew in 1946. In later years he enjoyed attending Blue Angels reunions in Pensacola, FL.

Harold worked as a bookkeeper at Paxton-Mitchell and was office and credit manager at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. He worked with Blue Shield in both Sioux City and Des Moines. For 25 years he served as vice president of Blue Cross of Western Iowa and South Dakota in Sioux City. Following retirement he was a Medicare Fair Hearings officer, holding over 6000 hearings in eight states.

Harold was always active in his churches and communities wherever he resided. He was on church boards for 22 years. He was president of the Siouxland Blood Bank and donated over 18 gallons of blood.

Harold loved to travel both domestically and internationally. He visited all 50 states and several countries. He especially loved the 12 visits back to his parents' homeland in Sweden, spending time with extended family there. In retirement he loved his Harlingen, TX community and much warmer winters.

Harold is survived by his wife Verdel; his daughter Sandy (Jerry) Weldon, grandchildren Jeni (Adam) Van Wyk, Kerry Feuling, Joe (Katie) Weldon, and seven great-grandchildren; son Paul (Elaine) Linden, grandchildren John Paul (Melissa), David (Anna) and five great-grandchildren; son John (Nancy) Linden, grandchildren Tanner (Kelsi) and Kristina

Stepchildren John Treptow, grandson Michael,
Connie (Don) Rydberg, grandchildren Kathleen, Lauren, Maria, Joseph and Lindsay;

Sharon (Ron) Jones, grandchildren Kym Baker, Jason (Amy) Jones, Josh (Shannon) Jones, Kara (Matthew) Cole, Michelle (Chris) Stockstrom, Matthew (Amanda) Jones, and eight great-grandchildren,
Susie Frazier,
Shirley (Earl) MacLeod, grandchildren Shelby and Peighton;

Debbie Odgaard, grandchildren Ryan (Laura) Odgaard, and Mollie (Nick) McCoun,
Dick (Betty) Odgaard, grandchildren Becky (Scott) McDonald, Jennifer (Eric) Connor, Chris (Emily) Odgaard, Jamie Hawkins and Adam Hawkins,
Diana (Joe) Skaff, grandchildren Jodi (Allan) Madsen, and Jana (John) Janosik,
Bev (Dan) Jury, grandchildren Mandy (Josh) Snyder, Betsy (Wayne Light) Jury, Christy Jury, Cory Jury and 20 great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his many family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Anna Linden, his first wife Mary Louise (Glattfelder) Linden in 1998; his second wife Carolyn (Hood Treptow) in 2009; siblings and in-laws, Art (Lucile) Linden, Edith (Ernie) Mytty, Evelyn (Dave) Greenwood, Katherine (Earl) Randall, Marguerite Glattfelder, Kenneth (Helen) Glattfelder; stepson Ron Odgaard, and many extended family members.

Services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, May 3rd. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00. There will be a celebration of Harold's life at 11:00. Lunch will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to EveryStep Hospice (formerly HCI) or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.