COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho - Charles (Charley) A Linja, 78, passed away in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on January 21, 2014.
Charley was born February 8, 1935, in Laurium, to William (Eino) and Saima (Kangas) Linja. He grew up in the Copper Country and graduated from the John A. Doelle High School in Tapiola in 1953. He married the love of his life, Jean Pohjola, in Calumet on October 5, 1957.
He served our country in the Army in Germany. After his service, he worked for Calumet and Hecla underground in the Centennial Mine.
In 1964, Charley and Jean and their four young boys moved west; first to Butte, Mont., where he worked in mining and dam building as a Diamond Driller. They eventually settled in Orofino, Idaho in the 1970s where he worked on the Dworshak Dam. In 1975, their daughter was welcomed into the family. Thereafter, he worked on the Alaska Pipeline while Jean was taking care of business at their Topper Restaurant in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, where they had moved from Orofino, Idaho. After completing his job in Alaska, he and Jean bought the Sunshine Inn in Kellogg, Idaho in the Silver Valley in 1984. They operated this until retirement.
Charley was an avid poet, writing a lot of poems in his free time while working away from home. He loved hunting and camping in the mountains and on the river with family and friends. He was also a "hugger," so if you knew him, you were always hugged by him. He loved and enjoyed his family, especially the grandchildren, attending their games and events.
Charley is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jean Linja of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; sons, Charles "Pat" (Jeanette) Linja of Pasco, Wash., Greg (Teresa) Linja of Kellogg, Idaho, and Rod (Sue) Linja of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Tiffany (Travis) Curtis of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; sister, Arlene Kela of Hancock; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, friends and relatives in Idaho and in the Copper Country.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Richard; his son, Scott Linja; and his buddy and beloved dog, Skye.
Funeral services were held in Kellogg, Idaho on January 25, 2014, with interment in the Greenwood Cemetery in Kellogg.