Linden was a resident of Centennial, CO and passed away February 26 at 99 years of age. He is survived by daughters Dawn Peters & Daryl Taliaferro; grandchildren Nathan Peters, Dana Morgan, Jadara Dow and Jacqui Kessel; great-grandchildren Danica Peters, Cash Morgan and Beto Dow.
Linden was born in Quakertown, NJ to Linden J. Mathews and Catherine Niece who passed away when they were in their very early thirties. He had two brothers and three sisters who proceeded him in death. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Linden was a member of the volunteer fire department and rescue squad in High Bridge, NJ. His wife, Natalie, and daughters Dawn and Daryl, relocated from High Bridge to Littleton, Colorado in August 1972 when the company he worked for, Johns- Manville, relocated to Denver. He was a lab technician in the Research and Development department for over 30 years. It was very difficult for him, his wife and children leaving extended family and friends in NJ. Sadly his beloved wife, Natalie, passed away in 2009 at 80 years old after 62 years of marriage.
Linden was drafted into the US Navy in 1943 during World War II and served until his discharge in 1946 and was a machinist mate third class. He was a Seabee and drove a Duck, which was a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle designed to transport goods and supplies over both land and water. He was in the battle of Okinawa, code name Operation Iceberg, a major battle fought against the Imperial Japanese Army. He was also in the Aleutian Islands when President Roosevelt visited. He was very proud of his service and had many, many pictures of that time. It was always a big topic of conversation with anyone he met.
In 2018 he was blessed go to Washington DC with a group of other veterans, as part of the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, with his grandson, Nathan, for three days to see the war memorials, which was a powerful experience for him. One highlight was the Changing of the Guards, and then being met at the airport on his return by a team of sea cadets in uniform.
He was an active member of the Littleton Elks and the VFW. He called Bingo weekly for several years for the Elks. He was an inventor with three patents, one for single-ply roofing when he worked at JM. When he retired he invented a weed grabber and a plastic button to hold wires together for plant container gardening. He had great ideas but he never marketed his inventions. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and playing poker. He will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held with full military honors at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area C, March 14, 2023 at 11:15AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Linden's name to an animal shelter/rescue of your choice.
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