James G. Linhart

James (Jim, Jimmy, Grandpa Chicken) George Linhart was born at home in Omaha, Nebraska on June 10, 1934 to James and Anna (Kunce) Linhart. Jimmy spent part of his youth working on his sister’s farm where Hawaiian Village is now located. He attended South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. In May 1954, he enlisted in the US Army where he received many ribbons and medals. During his time in the Army, he served in the Korean War and was injured. He later received an honorable discharge. Jimmy worked as a carpenter and eventually started Payless Basement Waterproofing and ran it successfully for over 30 years. Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman, loved gardening (& had a huge garden every year), his chickens, watching wildlife, living in the house he built in the Loess Hills, Patsy Cline, old time country music, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Most of all, Jimmy loved his family and having them all together for holiday dinners at home.

In 1970, he took a year off work and built a house for his family in Ralston, Nebraska. Jimmy was a wonderful, loving father who raised his three older children by himself working as a self-employed carpenter and later welcomed a fourth child into his family. In 1992, Jimmy met Lori and they were married in 1995. They were blessed with many happy years together living on their acreage. In addition, for many years, they enjoyed selling their home grown produce and homemade items at the Farmer’s Market in Blair, Nebraska.

He leaves behind his wife Lori Linhart, children Janette (Mike) Clark, Jane (Jim) Alexander, Jim (Cindy Bolte) Linhart, Missy King, and Ann Mittelsdorf; grandchildren Jeremy (Lesley) Clark, Jessica (Justin) Swanson, Jared (Rachel) Alexander, Jordane (Jake) White, Josie (Jon Torskey) Linhart, Mia King, Mason King and Chase Flere; great-grandchildren Kennedy, Kellan, and Cade Clark, Kamron Alexander, Jillian and James Swanson, Jonathan Alexander, and Jolie White; many nieces and nephews, special nephew and friend Joe (Robin) Linhart, and his loving companions Bella and Suzee. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

The family would like to invite everyone to a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Christian Church Fellowship Center following the service at the funeral home.

Military Honors will be conducted by Julius F. Muller American Legion Post #337 of Missouri Valley.

In Loving Memory Of James G. Linhart

Born June 10, 1934 Omaha, Nebraska

Entered Into Rest September 9, 2019 Missouri Valley, Iowa

Memorial Service 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating Pastor Ron Wymer

Pastor Ken Fairbrother

Music Selections “How Great Thou Art” “My Way” Final Resting Place Private Inurnment



  • Diane Burhenne Posted September 10, 2019 3:48 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to family and friends.

  • Christina Sawhill Posted September 13, 2019 6:52 pm

    Lori we are so sorry to hear this about Jim today. I am so sorry I wont be able to come but thinking about you. Please accept our condolences from Mom and Dad (Connie and Charlie Waite) and myself. Love you Chrissy

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