Rhea Edward Linne Jr. (93)
Rhea (Ray) E. Linne Jr. of Jeffersonville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 on Thanksgiving Day.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 1 PM on Monday at the funeral home.
Rhea is preceded in death by his parents, Rhea Linne Sr., and LaVada Schuppert; sisters, Edna Strampfer and Stella Cooke; and son, James A. Linne.
Survived by his beautiful wife of 76 years, Sue B. Linne who looked after and loved him for nearly all of their lives; daughters, Janice R. Linne and Susan Westerfield Kramer (husband Harold D. Kramer); and brother, Billy Schuppert (wife Margaret).
Grandchildren, Brandon Westerfield (wife Brittany Westerfield) and Matthew Westerfield (wife Dr. Lauren Westerfield); great-grandchild, Brinley Westerfield; and one granddaughter on the way.
After serving time in the US Army during World War II, he became Chief Security for the Ford Motor Company. Rhea worked as a supervisor there at Fords and retired 33 years later.
During Rhea’s adult life he became a Mason at Lodge 340 (Jeffersonville) to which he served 63 years and he was baptized in 1969 at the Clarksville Church of Christ. He was a “Hadi” Shriner (48 yrs), a Kentucky Colonel, and volunteered as a Special Deputy with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department for 20years. (in the 50’s 60’s).
Rhea’s passion was hunting with Randy Westerfield and hanging out with his very good friend, Ron Kemp. During Rhea’s final weeks Randy and Rhea would sit and talk for hours about their great times together including hunting expeditions.
Rhea was one of those guys who was extraordinarily neat and clean in everything he did. Those that knew him would marvel and yes laugh at how particular he was with organizing his dinner setting, tools, and everything around him.
Rhea was so interesting to talk to about local history and news. He had an uncanny way of predicting politics and even unsolved crimes. So many times he had given his opinion on televised mysteries, only to find later that his predictions were spot on.
Rhea had the benefit of having his own personal Registered Nurse, (Susan) who tended to him daily throughout the years. Susan dedicated much of her life to the love and care of Rhea and Sue and is the today’s version of, “Florence Nightingale”.
A special thanks to “Autumn Woods” rehab of New Albany and to “Adaptive Hospice” for their warm and compassionate medical professionalism during the past trying months.
Memorial contributions can be made to Adaptive Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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