Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Gerald Richard Lintner, 57, of Jackson passed away at his home Saturday, March 8, 2008, after losing his courageous battle against cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Gerald was born July 18, 1950, in Cape Girardeau to Oscar and Zita Bohnert Lintner. He attended the former Cashion Elementary School and was a 1968 graduate of Perryville High School. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau with a bachelor's degree in education.
Gerald worked in the Jackson R-2 School System his entire career, initially teaching American history and coaching at the junior high school. He was a gifted teacher, fondly remembered by students for his infamous wagers on when the first snow would be.
His classroom was always welcoming, and he had an innate ability to make students feel like he had known them forever. Perhaps these talents contributed to his success as the school's first alternative teacher and administrator. Gerald was instrumental in establishing Jackson's Alternative School program in the mid-1990s. Although he retired in 2002, he continued to work part-time until health prohibited him.
Gerald raised cattle and operated two family farms near Perryville. He was an avid conservationist and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Southeast Missouri Football Officials Association, NRA, Southeast Missouri Amateur Radio Club and York Chapel in Longtown, Mo.
Gerald and Debora Fehr were married June 21, 2003, at the "Fehr Grounds" in Oak Ridge. Albeit far too brief, Debbie is grateful for their years of happiness. Their favorite pastime was RV-ing.
In addition to Debora, Gerald is survived by two sons, Jerry Lintner, wife Delilah, and children Rose and Jacob Lintner, Treavis, Dasmine, Jauslyn Johnson, all of Farmington, Mo; Jonathan Lintner, wife Holly, and children Zane, Peyton, and Trey Lintner, all of Cape Girardeau; two stepsons, Andy Hancock, wife Amy of Jackson, and Dustin Mayfield of Jackson.
His siblings and their families include two brothers, Lloyd Lintner, wife Edna of Sedgewickville, Mo., and children Sharon (Ken) Graves of Spring, Texas, Tim (Debbie) Lintner of Arnold, Mo.; Earl Lintner, wife Virginia of Bloomsdale, Mo., and children Donna Lintner of St. Louis, Dana (Dan) Farrow of St. Louis, Kenny Lintner of St. Louis, Cindy Stevens of Farmington; a sister, Sylvia Boxdorfer, husband Hubert, and children Janet (Rick) Schmidt, and Mark Boxdorfer, all of Caseyville, Ill.; as well as great nieces and nephews.
Debbie's surviving family includes her father, Ralph Fehr of Jackson; two sisters, Connie Werner and children Whitney, Kylie, and Tanner Werner of Jackson; Peggy Proffer, husband Kent, and children Baleigh and Mallory Proffer of Wildwood, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Douglas Hancock; a nephew, Stephen Lintner; and mother-in-law, Mary Fehr.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, during which time a memorial video will be available for viewing.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Revs. Sharon Howard of York Chapel in Longtown and Sam Roethemeyer of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson will officiate. Entombment will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Serving as casket bearers will be Wayne Maupin, Larry Bockting, Herb Lichtenegger, Jerry McElreath, Larry Smith and Larry Elledge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Schroeder, Roland Sander and John Blattner.
Memorials are suggested to the Gerald R. Lintner Jackson Alternative School Memorial Scholarship or York Chapel.
A guest book, condolence messages and memorial video are available online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com