Life Tribute – Benjamin A. Linschoten

Benjamin A. Linschoten

                Sergeant Major Benjamin A. Linschoten, 88, of Susanville, California passed away Nov. 26, 2020, following a brief, but valiant fight against cancer.  A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, he proudly served in the United States Army, 8th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

He was born to parents Benjamin and Katherine Linschoten in April, 1932, in San Francisco, California.  Ben graduated from Lassen High School in 1951 before joining the Army and being deployed to Korea.  He was wounded in action and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart. Ben later became a member of the 8th Special Forces Group where he transferred to Germany and met the love of his life.  Despite the obvious obstacles a huge language barrier presented (Ben spoke English and Hedi spoke German), they were wed after a relatively short courtship.  Ben and Hedi remained married for more than 62 years, until cancer took him from this world.

Ben is survived by his wife Hedi; three sons, Benny Linschoten, Harry Linschoten and Robert Linschoten; he also leaves behind six grandchildren, Danielle, Halie, Brooke, Cole, Jessica and Josh; and, nine great grandchildren.

After serving more than 27 years with distinction in the United States Army, Ben honorably retired and returned to Susanville where he eventually opened the GL& L Smokehouse with  Hedi.  Ben ran GL&L Smokehouse for almost 20 years providing a variety of gourmet smoked meats, sausages and other products to nearby residents and business.  After retiring from GL&L, Ben enjoyed spending time with his family, close friends at the T&A restaurant and watching his favorite football team (Army, of course) take on other branches of the military –  especially the Army versus Navy game.

The memorial service is open to the public and will be held graveside at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Diamond Crest Cemetery. He will be inurned in the Veterans Plot. Unfortunately, due to current COVID restrictions, a reception will have to be held on a later date.