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Donald S. Linder, 77, of Rockford, passed away on August 22, 2017. He was born on July 5, 1940 in Chicago, the son of Seth and Frieda (Wiener) Linder. Donald was a graduate of Rockford East High School class 1958 and attended Bethel College, St. Paul, MN. He married Jean Bailey on June 11, 1960 in Waukegan, IL . He worked as a Plant Manager at Muller Pinehurst before he started a career with Doyle & Clark Realtors. Donald was also a realtor and co-owner of Goral - Linder Realty. Most recently he worked as an Agency Manager with Modern Woodman of America. Donald was an active member at Temple Baptist Church. He was also a board member of Rockford Christian Day School, member of the Committee for Today & Tomorrow at Rockford Memorial Hospital and active in the YMCA.
Donald is survived by his wife, Jean; sons, Steven (Janine) Linder, Rockford and Scott (Kayla) Linder, Montgomery, MN; four grandchildren, Erik, Andrew, Austin and Savanna; siblings, Carol (Dennis) Wicklund and Beverly (Steven) Ralph; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave, Rockford with Pastor Bill Patterson officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the chapel prior to the service. Family prefers memorials to Mayo Clinic for Parkinson's Research, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 or Temple Baptist Church, 3215 E. State St., Rockford.

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  1. Gary Omark

    Don was a good friend and customer of mine for many years. In fact, he was my first customer when I took over the business from my dad in 1972 and have kept the invoice from that job posted on a bulletin board at the shop that I just closed the end of July. Don always had a smile and a good word to say to everyone. Don and Jean were members of YFNI class at First Free for some time and we enjoyed fellowship there. He was known to have a deep faith in God and with Jean have raised a great family. We are all much richer having known Don Linder and been touched by his spirit. God Bless you Jean and each of the family members. I will remember you in prayer.

  2. John & Sandy Hallman

    Don sold us our first house in 1979. He could have made a larger commission off of us but gave us some wise advice that allowed our children to be raised by a stay-at-home mom. We remembered that all these years and never regretted it. Thanks, Don.

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