Allen Linkey

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Allen J. Linkey, 81, of Quincy, IL, formerly of Freeburg, IL, born January 22, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, IL.

Mr. Linkey was a retired jeweler. He was a member of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). Allen was a U. S. Army veteran.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred F. and Georgianna, nee Holcomb, Linkey; and a sister, Irene Bechard.

He is survived by his children, Michael D. Linkey of Springfield, IL,
Susan M. (Tim) Baumgartner of Camp Point, IL,
and Stephen J. (Melissa) Linkey, of Monroe, MI;
six grandchildren, David Baumgartner, Devan Linkey, Paige Linkey,
Darren Linkey, Jacob Linkey and Braden Linkey.
Memorials may be made to the Adams Pointe Activity Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Pastor Bryan Meado officiating.

Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.





14 Comments on Allen Linkey

Thomas Sadowski said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2022 at 12:05 PM

Al was my teacher back in 1993. He was a good teacher with a good sense of humor. My condolences to his family!

  • Wisconsin Rapids
  • Wisconsin
Jeremy Johnston said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2021 at 12:41 AM

Al was a great teacher and good friend to many of us at Gem City, he was always a great help even beyond college, he will be greatly missed.

  • Centralia
  • Illinois
Randall Hopkins said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 12:18 PM

Sorry to learn about Alan's passing. He was my watch teacher in 1984. He used to ask me gor dinner and serve me liver. I then took him to the Patio Hotel resturaunt and bought him a prime rib dinner. I helped him move his mothers estate and we had dinner in Alton. Lots of fond memories.

  • Alexandria
  • Virginia
Don Goldstein said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2020 at 5:24 PM

Al was a friend and a great teacher. I will miss the phone calls. I was his student in 1993

  • Crozet
  • VA
Brian Carr said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM

I was a student of Al's in 2003. He was a great teacher. And a very keen sense of humor. On my first day he asked me to go grab the brass magnet. I was a half step into it when I realized the joke was on me. I could see him looking up slyly with that certain grin on his face. Not the first time he had done that to a rookie! So sorry for your loss.

  • Cedar Falls
  • Iowa
daniel Layton said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2019 at 3:46 AM

A good man who married my sister! I still remember the wedding too. Many good years of marriage , good family by a man with a unique talent with handling time! You managed to get 81 years of life in , BUT now its time you rest in the loving arms of GOD1

  • Saint Charles
  • Missouri
Mark Arnold said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2019 at 1:08 AM

It is with great sadness, that I learned of Al’s passing. He was a great watch instructor, mentor, and friend. I fondly remember his gentle demeanor and his great sense of humor. Because of him I have always stove to be the best watch repairman possible, and 40 years later am proud to say, I am still at the bench repairing watches. There was one assignment, I remember him giving me a grade of 96, he told me that only one other person would of deserved a perfect 100%, that was him! As he said with that smile of his. (Attended May ‘78 - Feb ‘80) Mike, Susan, and Steve, I lived with you the last few months as I was nearing the end of my schooling. I always have always remembered those times, and the Suppers of Ring Bologna, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes, he and I had, as no one else cared for it, LOL. Rest In Peace AL...

  • Dubuque
  • Iowa
Chuck (Roger) Perkey said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2019 at 12:55 AM

Kathy & I are so sorry to hear about Allen's passing. He took me to my first drive in moving when I was 8 years old, will never forget that. Kathy & I will miss him at the Holcomb family reunion with his stories and his fish fry. We are sorry we can't make it to the services. God bless him and rest in peace, Allen. Chuck & Kathy Perkey

  • Waukegan
  • Illinois
Elaine Pryor said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2019 at 4:21 PM

So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was my instructor but also a dear friend. We had many fun times. He was an amazing watchmaker with a wealth of knowledge.

  • Palmyra
  • Mo
Aaron Hollander said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 9:10 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. Al was a great instructor and a great man. I would never be where I am in the watchmaking world without his knowledge and expertise. He truly taught me techniques that I would have never learned anywhere else. Al could also provide the entertainment with his outgoing personality and good conversation. May his memory be a comfort to you all.

  • Washington
  • DC
Karl Lauri said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 7:18 PM

Dear Linkey Family, Words can't express how saddened I was to hear about Al passing. I was one of his students @ Gem City College in 1982. What an experience learning watchmaking and repair from Al. So many interesting stories, jokes, conversation, and the list could go on for ever. May God keep your whole family his prayer as you go through this challenging time.

  • Saint Clair Shores
  • MI
Bob Wise said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 6:10 PM

I feel truly blessed to have had Al as an instructor and a friend. I will miss his Fun-loving sense of humor that he showed it to everyone that he met.

  • Indianapolis
  • Indiana
Bernie and Sarah (Kerian) Benavidez said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 5:37 PM

Neither Sarah or I took Al's classes during our time at Gem City(we were hand engraving/jewelry students) ,but we knew him and he was very kind and gracious man. He truely cared for his students. God Bless, Bernie and Sarah Benavidez

  • Rochester
  • Mn
Mandi said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 2:48 PM

Steve and Melissa and the entire Linkey family. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad

  • Newport
  • Mi

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