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Arthur 'Art' Linrud

Arthur “Art” Ervin Linrud, 91, Minot and formerly of rural Velva, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, September 1, 2012 with his loving family by his side.

Art was born in North Prairie Township of McHenry County near Velva, North Dakota to Olai and Sena Linrud on November 23, 1920. He was educated in North Prairie rural schools and graduated from Velva High School in 1939. As a young adult he worked in the construction of Shasta Dam in California until his induction into the U.S. Army Air Corps at Fort Snelling, Minnesota on October 8, 1942.

After base training at St. Petersburg, Florida, he was assigned to Air Force Mechanic School in Keesler Field, Mississippi in November of 1942. He graduated from advanced training in aircraft maintenance on B-17 Boeing Aircraft at Lockheed-Vega Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA on May 4, 1943. He was sent to air gunnery training at Army Aerial Gunnery School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also had additional training at Johnson Field in Goldsboro, North Carolina and from there was sent to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for an overseas assignment on July 28, 1943.

Arthur was assigned to the 305th Bomb Group 364th Squadron, 8th Air Force, Chelveston, North Hampton County, England. He took part in bombing missions during WWII over Europe as a Flight Engineer Top Turret Gunner on a B-17 Bomber until the plane was destroyed by enemy aircraft on October 14, 1943 (Black Thursday-Schweinfurt Mission). After parachuting to the ground, he was taken prisoner, interrogated at Dulag Luft, and transferred to Stalag XVII B, Krems, Austria where he spent 18 months as a Prisoner of War. He was liberated by the U.S. Army on May 3, 1945 at Brunau, Austria after a 100-mile forced march. He was discharged as a Tech. Sgt. in November of 1945. 

Art returned to the Velva area and began farming in Brillian Township of McHenry County. He married Adela Gliege on September 25, 1946. Four daughters were born to this union. 

In addition to his farming operation, Art was active in civic duties. He served on the Brillian Township Board for many years and was instrumental in establishing the Rural Velva Fire Department, serving on the board for 22 years. He was chairman of the Board of both organizations. While the chapter was active in Velva, he belonged to the Velva Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the Velva Lions Club, American Legion in Velva, and Minot Elks Lodge. He was active in the Dakota North Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. As a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church of Velva, he served on the church council, including two terms as president. He participated in PTA activities, and served on the Velva School Board and the Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Board of Regents.

After forty years of farming, he retired in 1985. He and Adela moved to Minot in 1996 and became members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Fair play was always a big part of his philosophy, and a lifetime goal included providing a loving home and security for his family in an honest manner. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, hunting, fishing, travel (China, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, and throughout the U.S.), and playing and watching sports.

His loving family includes his wife of 65 years Adela; children: Lynette (Thomas) Kyasky and children: Aaron, Zara (Kelsey) Morgan, and Adam Kyasky; Peggy Linrud and children, Theodore Stern and Erica Adele Stern; JoAnn Linrud; and Donna (Michael) Madsen, and great-granddaughter Adela Morgan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lawrence and Orlin, sisters Mildred Sullivan and Ethel Hendrickson, and nephews Jerry and Richard Sullivan.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park - Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral home - Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Dakota Territory Air Museum, Velva Public Library, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 


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MessageMy sincerest condolences to the Linrud family. Whilst I did know Art personally, I consider him someone I would have been honoured to call ''Friend''. It is never easy to accept the passing of a member of your family, and I'm sure he is greatly missed by all. One of the Greatest Generation, take comfort in knowing he will not be forgotten.

Sincerely
Ian White
305th BGMA VP, UK-EU Contact, Group Historian.
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MessageAdela Sorry to hear of Arts passing.He was a great friend and he made my life as a pow tolerable.We were a two man combine and shared everthing togather for 18 mons.He was a rrliable friend in a unbearable situation.I'll always miss him. Take care of yourself. Ben
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MessageArnie and I extend our deepesty sympathy in the loss of Art. He will be missed by all of his friends in the 305th Bomb Group (H) Memorial Association. I became friends with Art and Adela, when Art submitted an article and story about his work with the Dakota Territory Air Museum for others in the 305th to read. From that day on we have been writing letters when Art and Adela were able and beautiful Christmas cards. Our friendship went farther as my late Father (part of the 305th BGMA) was in the Air Force and we were blessed with an assignment to Minot AFB for 2 years. What a fun time we had. So Art, Adela and I had things to talk about. We also had hunting to talk about and I did alot of fishing at Lake Darling from 1960 to 1962.

God Bless You All.

Barbara J. Tesch
305th BGMA President and Editor of the CAN DO NOTES
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MessageDear Linrud Family,

As a young boy Art taught me how to Goose hunt, it was more along the lines of him trying to answer many of my questions about everything! I have great memories of our drives back home and the stories of his time in WWII...I have told those stories to my boys many times. I cherish those times, they will be remembered forever. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Nate Olson & Family
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MessageDear Linrud Family,
The world is a better place because Art lived. His positive presence affected so many, and I am grateful for the times our families shared. God's loving arms enfold all of you at this time, and friends will continue to uplift you in prayer. Thanks be to God for the life of Art Linrud!

With love, Heather
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MessageGirls -
I remember Uncle Art as a kind, generous, humble man who always made time for children. Thank you for allowing me to share in his final days - I will always cherish that memory. God bless!
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MessageJoAnn,
So sorry to hear of your father passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your framily.
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MessageAdela...
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Dakota Territory Air Museum, I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Art was a great man and a real hero. He was always very interesting to visit with.

Don Larson, President

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