BATAVIA – Jerrold “Jerry” Linton, 86, loving husband and father, and a former longtime resident of Batavia, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at the GreenFields in Geneva.
Jerry was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Sterling. He was the son of James and Ruth (neé Tillman) Linton, and the middle of five boys, Wayne, Forrest, Jerold, James, and Larry, all of whom preceded Jerry in death.
Jerry graduated from Sterling High School, where he was a talented and active athlete. He continued his college education, graduating from Monmouth College and Northern Illinois University, where he obtained his degrees. After graduation, Jerry was hired by Batavia Public Schools as a high school math teacher, physical education teacher, and coach. Jerry taught for 15 years in Batavia. Besides coaching varsity football and track, he established the Batavia wrestling program. He then transferred to Naperville Central, and later Naperville North High School, where he taught math and coached freshman football for an additional 17 years. Jerry loved sports, both as a fan and a participant. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and hunting.
Jerry was a talented craftsman, inheriting the family trade as a mason, passed on from his grandfather, father, brothers, uncles, and cousins. Jerry built his own home and a summer home on Forest Lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. During the summers, Jerry also worked for a number of valley contractors.
Upon retirement, Jerry and wife, Peg, bought a motor home, and spent many years traveling in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. One and a half years ago, they moved to the GreenFields of Geneva. He was a loving husband, a caring and supportive father, and a loyal friend. Jerry truly will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peg” (Davison) Linton; three children, Tory Lane (Jim) Thompson, Randall Scott (Sharon Jacobson) Linton, and James Kirk Linton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 and a memorial service at 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Lazarus House, www.lazarushouseonline.com or 214 Walnut St., St. Charles, IL 60174; or Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, www.bataviafoodpantry.org or 100 Flinn St., Batavia, IL 60510.
Visit www.mossfuneral.com to send condolences.