He was born on Nov. 16, 1921, in Omaha, Neb., to Benjamin and Mildred (Hull) Linn. He grew up in the Parsons area and graduated from Mound Valley High School in 1939.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, attaining the rank of seaman, first class. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the American Theatre Ribbon.
He married Edythe Olene Duvall on Oct. 31, 1942, in Coffeyville. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1994.
He moved to Wichita in 1954, to Washington in 1968 and to Ottawa in 1992 to be closer to his girls.
He was a tool and die maker, working 10 years for Katy Railroad and 20 years for Boeing, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ottawa.
Survivors include four sons, Benjamin Linn Jr. and his wife, Becky, of Wichita, Ron Linn and Robin Amestoy of Squim, Wash., Les Linn of Wichita and Barry Linn of Las Vegas; two daughters, Peggy Klink and her husband, Larry, of Ottawa and Debbie Michael-Ketterman and her husband, Mike, of Overbrook; 11 grandchildren, Tonya Barnett and her husband, Brent, of Quartz Hill, Calif., Johanna Pearce and her husband, Jared, of Ventura, Calif., Eddie Carter and his wife, Diana, of Fort Mojave, Ariz., Evan Michael and his wife, Cari, and Lacy Michael, all of Ottawa, Eric Michael and his wife, Aubree, of New Mexico, Stacy Linn and Buddy Linn, both of Marysville, Wash., Zach Linn and Zared Linn, both of Wichita, and Bill Klink and his wife, Yvette, of Silver Lake; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Others preceding him in death are his parents, Benjamin and Mildred Linn; and a daughter-in-law, Billie Linn.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, with military honors by the Kansas National Guard Honors Detail. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Thursday until service time at the funeral home, where the family will meet with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Memorials are suggested to Grace Hospice of Topeka or True Grace Ministry of Melvern and can be left at or sent to the funeral home, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, 66067.
Online condolences can be left at www.dengelmortuary.com.