Howard Fritz Linderborn Jr. was born on January 4, 1931 to Howard Fritz Sr and Agnes Theresa (Glorius) Linderborn in Baltimore, Maryland. Howard was the 7th of 9 children, he grew up primarily in Baltimore, but his family moved to Bradenton, Florida for a few years and then back to Baltimore. Howard joined the Air Force January 10, 1948 at the age of 17. He spent 20 years active duty and retired on June 1, 1968. He held many posts during his tenure and retired at the rank of Staff Sargent.
While stationed in Boise he met Vernal (Vicki) Phillips and they were married on October 22, 1955. They were transferred to Washington and in August of 1958 they welcomed their daughter Laura. After a couple more transfers they moved to Wisconsin and in May of 1960 they welcomed their son Jim. In 1984 Howard and Vicki divorced but remained close.
In 1990 Howard met Carol Mueller and on February 9, 1991 they were married. This union gained him a stepson Dave, and a stepdaughter Devin.
The military was a huge part of Howard’s life, he was stationed in New Hampshire, Idaho, Washington, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, and California. He also spent time in Greenland, Korea during the Korean War, Turkey and Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was very proud of his service to his country. He was a life member of the VFW and was the Post Commander of the VFW Post #63 from 1975-1977 and from 1981-1982. He was also the District 5 Commander from 1985-1986. He loved selling Buddy Poppies for the VFW Post and was presented the “Special Buddy Poppy Award” in 1979 for selling 1,426 Buddy Poppies!
After retiring from the Air Force he moved back to Boise, and settled here with Vicki, Laura & Jim. Howard did a variety of jobs after the service, but his favorite jobs always involved working with and seeing people. Some of his favorite jobs were working at the Boise Senior Center, running the hot dog stand in front of Home Base on Franklin Road and teaching the Saturday clinics for kids at Lowes. He loved children and really enjoyed teaching them.
Howard’s hobbies include carpentry; military history; movies (he must have had at least 400 of them); model airplanes; fishing; dancing; and Big Band music. He met both of his wives while dancing. He also loved entertaining kids and had costumes that included Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a Leprechaun. He would go to schools and other events to entertain the kids and pass out candy to them.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Herman, and John, his sisters Thelma, Mildred, Amanda, Virginia, and Agnes.
Howard is survived by his brother Philip Linderborn, his wife Carol Linderborn, his daughter Laura (Clint) Fisher, his son Jim Linderborn, stepson Dave (Robin) Kearns, and stepdaughter Devin (Zaki) Hamid, and his first wife Vicki Linderborn. His grandchildren, Eric (Kristin) Fisher, Stephanie (Will) Holt, Luna Linderborn, Eli Kearns and Alia Hamid. His great-grandchildren Maddox Holt, Isaac Fisher, Emerson Fisher, and Emmett Holt. He is also survived by many extended family members.
Services with military honors will be held Tuesday March 19th at 11:00 AM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life following at 1:00 PM at the Cloverdale Funeral Home Reception Center.