Vernon Paul Linneman, 91, of Salisbury, Mo., died Thursday, February 24, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo. He was born on June 4, 1919, in Forest Green, Mo., the son of the late Emil Friedrich and Alwina Sophie Meyer Linneman. He was married on September 21, 1946, in Forest Green to Letha Marie Imgarten who preceded him in death on March 20, 2010. Mr. Linneman grew-up on the family farm in the Chariton River bottoms and attended Vance School and Salem Lutheran School. Drafted into the United States Army in July, 1941, he served his country during World War II with the 1402d Military Police Company Aviation in the Pacific Theater until October, 1945, receiving several citations. In earlier years he was employed at the General Motors plant in Kansas City, Mo. After the war he studied photography and opened Vernon's Photography Studio in Salisbury. He was a school bus driver for over 25 years with the Salisbury Public Schools. Together with his wife, he raised registered Angus cattle and farmed the family farm for over 60 years. Mr. Linneman had a special passion for working with horses and showing American Saddle Breed Horses with his daughter, Kristin. The family and friends were especially proud of his Five-Gaited Champion Miss Glenn-o-rama trained by the late Howard Roberts and the joy she brought. He served many years as Horse Chairman for the Salisbury Fair and Horse Show and played third base for the Salisbury Merchants baseball team during their hey-day. He had a passion for old things and for going to sales and coming home with the bargain of the day. Mr. Linneman was a life-long member of Salem Lutheran Church where he served in various capacities. He was also a member of the Missouri Horseshows Association and Pony Express Horseshows Association. He enjoyed people, a good story, and made friends in many places. Survivors include one daughter, Kristin J. (Gary) Van De Velde, Jefferson City; two grandchildren, Paige L. (Captain Dr. Joel) Brockmeyer, Evans, Ga. and Shannon R. (Bradley) Troesser, Jefferson City; and two sisters, Amelia Imgarten and Alvina Imgarten, both of Salisbury, Mo. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Arnold, Erich, Otis, Emil Jr., Adolph, Orion, and Orville Linneman; and two sisters, Wilma Hartung and Irna Gesling. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at Salem Lutheran Church, Salisbury, with the Rev. Laurence Carlson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church 150th Anniversary Fund, 36157 Salem Ave., Salisbury, Mo. 65281; Missouri Veterans Home, #1 Veterans Drive, Mexico, MO 65265; or the American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, Jefferson City, is in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to send tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.