In Memory

William John Linder

William (Bill) John Linder

1947 – 2015


Chief Master Sgt. William John "Bill" Linder unexpectedly passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Bill was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 12, 1947, to William and Edwyna (Bauer) Linder. He was raised and grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Madeira High School in 1965. Bill was an Eagle Scout and a devoted countryman and therefore chose to volunteer into the United States Air Force on Feb. 16, 1967, during the Vietnam War. He entered basic training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, and proceeded to tech. school at Shepherd AFB, Texas to become an aircraft maintenance technician. Bill was first stationed at Charleston AFB, S.C. While at Charleston, Bill met his late wife, Susan "Diane" (Johnson) Linder. They were married on March 8, 1969 in the Air Force Chapel at Charleston. Bill was then stationed at Dover AFB, Del., and finally at Eglin AFB, Fla., where he ultimately held the position of aircraft maintenance superintendent and rose to the rank of chief master sergeant. During his active duty career he was deployed to several locations including, Vietnam and Turkey. While on active duty he achieved a B.S. Degree as well as obtaining his private pilot license from Charleston Aero Club. After serving over 21 years Bill entered into retirement and dedicated his time and efforts to assisting airman, retirees and their families with his expert military knowledge and guidance. He also volunteered countless hours to Retiree Affairs and the Eglin AFB Hospital; as well as being an active member of the Eglin AFB Chiefs Group. In his free time Bill enjoyed boating and solving the "world's problems" with his friends every morning over coffee.
Bill is survived by his son, Jamie, and wife, Jennifer Linder, of Shalimar, Fla.; his brother, Greg, and wife, Karen Linder, of Hellertown, Pa.; nephew, Sean Linder; and nieces, Denka and Inna Linder all of Hellertown. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Diane Linder; as well as his father and mother.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation will be held at Shalimar United Methodist Church on Monday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at 2 p.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
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