Linus Titus Sanchez was born on the 9th of June, 1941 in Concordia, Kansas, to Donicano Trinidad Sanchez and Maria Guadalupe (Gonzalez) Sanchez.
Linus was the oldest of 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls). He was raised in Webber, Kansas. He attended Webber Grade School and Lovewell High School.
In August of 1958, at the age of only 17, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served two terms of enlistment from 1958-1966. Linus was a deacon specialist his first term and a cook his second term. He received badges for Expert (Carbine), and Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14). Linus honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1966 with the rank of E-5-SP5. Linus was tremendously proud to have served his country.
He often spoke of his time in Germany during the Vietnam War. While in the Army, at Fort McClellan, Alabama, Linus met Aira Rocha. Aira was enlisted in the United States Army RA WAC and was a clerk typist. Linus courted Aira and they soon fell in love. Linus and Aira were married on April 10, 1961, in Beeville, Texas. Linus and Aira had two children, Wanda M. Sanchez and Anthony M. Sanchez.
In the fall of 1970 Linus started Truck Driving School at junior college in Dodge City. When he finished Truck Driving School, he began working for Bray Truck Lines as the number two driver.
Linus was one of the hardest working people you could ever meet. He always had two to three jobs at one time. Some of his jobs included Paul Llamas Concrete, Ersham Manufacturing and Transport, Vacu Blast, Gene Howard Construction, Bailey Truck Line, Whitehair Farms and Yellow Freight. Linus greatly enjoyed farming and hauling wheat for Whitehair Farms. He worked for Yellow Freight for 29 years, retiring in 2001. Linus was an amazing man.
He was a real character and made friends wherever he went. He had a smile that would light up the entire room. Linus had the biggest heart. Therefore, it was not surprising that in 2016 when he had to have triple bypass surgery. His Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Abicht, told him that when he opened him up, he was amazed at how big his heart was.
He said his heart was enlarged so much that it was twice the normal size. That was the most fitting statement to describe Linus. He was an angel in life, and now in death.
Linus absolutely loved fishing! He was a life member of the Salina Bassmasters Club. He was given the nickname Smoke because he always smoked them at the Bassmasters tournaments. He used to say, “I might not get first place in the tournament, but I always get the biggest Bass!”
He writes, “And most of all I loved bass fishing, and fishing with the members of the Salina Bassmasters Club. I really love the members! They have been great. God Bless them!” Other hobbies included hunting, archery, target shooting, riding his bike and attending K-State Football games.
Linus loved to travel. He traveled all over the United States. Linus enjoyed taking Aira to different states. They visited Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Florida. They especially loved Texas. Texas was their second home. Linus loved the Round Rock, Texas area where they wintered yearly.
“A special thanks to some wonderful people for we have done a lot of work together: Mike Holt, George Sanchez, Alex Sanchez, Little Phil Anguiano, Steve Anguiano, Tom Whitehair, and Brady Blake,” Linus said.
Linus is preceded in death by father Donicano T. Sanchez-Webber, KS., mother: Maria Guadalupe Garcia-Abilene, KS., wife Aira Sanchez-Abilene, KS., half-sister Helen Barton-Arkansas City, KS., half-sister Ruth Fitzgerald-Wichita, KS.
He is survived by children Wanda M. Sanchez (Rod L. Jones), Abilene, KS., Anthony M. Sanchez, Wichita, KS., grandchildren Melissa M. Tolzien (Justin L. Tolzien), Abilene, KS., Melanie M. Kuntz (Brett J. Kuntz), Abilene KS., Amanda G. Sanchez, Wichita, KS., Samantha G. Sanchez, Wichita, KS., great-grandchildren Journey M. Kuntz, Abilene, KS., Jacey M. Kuntz, Abilene, KS., half-brother Ted Sanberry-Kiowa, KS., Patricia M. Feazel (Hurshal W. Feazel), San Antonio, TX., Henry F. Sanchez (Frances Sanchez), Abilene, KS, Irene Nevitt (David L. Nevitt), Abilene, KS., Alexander G. Sanchez (Jody Sanchez), Salina KS., George S. Sanchez (Sharolyn S. Sanchez), Abilene, KS. and Andrew N. Sanchez-Blue Springs, MO.
Linus was a member of many organizations: Salina Bassmasters Club (Life Member), B.A.S.S. LLC Birmingham, Alabama (life member), VFW Abilene, KS (life member), American Legion of Chapman, KS (life member), NRA (life member), Geary County Fish and Game Association (life member) and Teamsters Local 696 (retired member).
The family has chosen cremation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16th, at the St. Andrews Catholic Church with Celebrant Fr. Abraham Panthalanickal officiating. Inurnment will follow in Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Danner Funeral Home Friday, June 15th at 5 p.m. with a parish rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his name be given to the Linus T. Sanchez Memorial Fund. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home PO Box 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences: dannerfuneralhome.net.