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March 20, 1999


Services for Edwin R. Linquist Sr., 77, Lawrence, are pending.

Mr. Linquist died Friday, March 19, 1999, at his home. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Linquist was born July 18, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Eva Baile Linquist and Edwin Carl Linquist. He graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1937 and received his bachelor's degree in business from Kansas University in 1942.

He played football and basketball at KU, was a member of the K-Club and was a charter member of the university's Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Mr. Linquist founded a hotel company in 1956 with Robert L. Brock Sr. They obtained two of the first Holiday Inn franchises in the nation, in Topeka and Lawrence. Their company, Inn Operations Inc., later known as Topeka Inn Management Inc., was at one time the largest Holiday Inn franchisee in the country with 76 hotels in 23 states.

In 1979, he formed California Inn Management Inc., with his nephew Stephen Craig. As one of the pioneers of Holiday Inns, he invented the concept of the Holidome indoor pool and entertainment center.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, commanding a PT boat in the European and Pacific theaters. His squadron supported the landings on Omaha and Utah beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944. After returning from the European theater, Mr. Linquist was transferred to the Philippines. His squadron delivered General Douglas MacArthur in his return to the Philippines.

He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1950 and moved to Topeka in 1952 to help form the law firm of Sondker, Brock, Pringle and Linquist.

He served on the board of directors for the International Association of Holiday Inns and The Villages and Fidelity State Bank and Trust, both in Topeka. He was a member of the Kansas Cavalry and was named Man of the Year by the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Mr. Linquist was a trustee for the Menninger Foundation and donated money for the Linquist House at the Menninger Villages.

He was a member of the Alvamar Country Club, the Chancellor's Club at KU, the Williams Fund, the American Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association.

Survivors include four daughters, Deena Linquist, Overland Park, Cindy Linquist, Denver, Marcy Meyers-Cook, Olathe, and Carla Linquist, Topeka; a son, Edwin R. Jr., Topeka; a sister, Virginia Linquist Craig, Lenexa; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Linquist.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Capper Foundation, Kansas TKE Foundation, The Villages or the Washburn University School of Law.

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