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Dr. Leonard Swenson Linnell

Dr. Leonard Swenson Linnell

Loved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend and Missionary Doctor in Tanzania

Leonard Swenson Linnell, age 89, passed away peacefully at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN on December 18, 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 11, 1928. Son of Rev. C. Vernon and Gladys Elmquist Swenson. Graduate of St. Paul Johnson High School, the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate and Medical degree and the Tropical Medicine Program of the London Royal College of Physicians.

Clarice Klyve and Leonard S. Linnell were married on June 2, 1952 in Aberdeen South Dakota. Len's parents served as Lutheran missionaries in Tanzania in the 1930s when he was a child and he always felt that God was calling him to go there and serve. Len and Claire served in the 1950s as medical missionaries in Kiomboi, Tanzania.

Len lived his faith and worked with and cared for those in need. Served as a physician at the Red Lake Indian Reservation and the State Hospital in St. Peter. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota and the VA Hospital in Minneapolis in 1963. He then practiced at the VA Hospital in Ft. Meade, South Dakota, and at Regional Mental Health centers in Owatonna, Duluth, and Willmar Minnesota. After Claire's death in 2015, he lived with his daughter Kris and son-in-law Ben in New Hope, Minnesota.

Len is survived by, children, Kristine Allen (Ben), Karen Anderson (Marty), Vernon Linnell (Kim), Norman Linnell (Patricia), Stanley Linnell (Jean), Amy Linnell; his foster sons, Sao Pham, Anthony Pham, Tong Pham (Tasha), Quan Pham (Christi); sister Jean Wayne (Rev. Robert Wayne); 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Preceded in death by his wife, Clarice, his parents; his brother John Linnell (Naomi); and his infant granddaughter Marta Allen.

A Home Going Celebration will be held at House of Hope Lutheran Church (4800 Boone Ave. N. New Hope) at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with visitation beginning at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lutheran Socail Services of Minnesota (designated for Refugee Services); or House of Hope Lutheran Church