Linda J. Sluyter

Linda J. Sluyter

March 26, 1950 – April 6, 2020


Linda Sluyter was born March 26th, 1950 to Vincent and Frances Lydon in Adair, Iowa.  She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs where she was a cheerleader and played golf.  She moved to New York City as a flight attendant for American Airlines.

On New Year’s Eve, she met Ray Sluyter on a blind date, and they were married on November 4th, 1977 at Boystown Chapel in Omaha.  Linda had a successful career in medical sales.  She was actively involved in her kids sports and activities.

Although Linda loved raising her children, her true love became her grandkids. She cherished the role of Grammie and nothing made her happier than time with family.

Linda loved to travel, shop, took pride in her home and was a gracious entertainer.  She was a loyal Husker fan, and loved holidays, especially Christmas.  She baked legendary chocolate chip cookies and loved to maintain the beautiful flowers at her home. She touched the lives of many with her kindness, compassion, laughter and grace.

Linda passed away on April 6, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.  There are no words to describe how much she was loved and how considerably she will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vincent Lydon; sister, Mary Ann Yates; and in-laws, Charles and Martha Sluyter.  She is survived by her husband, Ray Sluyter; daughter, Valerie Parrack (Tommy); son, Michael Sluyter (Becky); grandkids: Taylor, Frankie, Kearney, Cooper, Payton and Jacob; mother, Frances Lydon; brother, John Lydon (Helen); nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, April 10th from 3pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel, followed by family VIGIL SERVICE.  Family FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 11th, 11am, West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil Service and Funeral Service, go to our website and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE at a later date.


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  • Rhonda Zierott Posted April 7, 2020 7:04 pm

    My heart hurts for all of the family, So Sorry Uncle Ray!

  • Jack and Polly Struyk Posted April 7, 2020 7:07 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Linda is such a wonderful friend to everyone she meets. We will miss her humor and her infectious smile! We have been good friends with the Sluyter family as our sons grew up together. They were great friends and our families shared many events and experiences together!
    We send our love and condolences to the Sluyter family and relatives. Love Jack, Polly and the Struyk Family❤️

  • Jacqueline Pester Posted April 7, 2020 7:39 pm

    God bless you and your family. Your mom will always be with you in your heart and memories.

  • Laura and Chris Houston Posted April 7, 2020 8:14 pm

    Mike and Family,
    What a difficult time to deal with the loss of you mother. Our hearts go out to you and the rest of your family.

  • Sue (Mason) Dickinson Posted April 8, 2020 7:01 am

    Ray and family my heart breaks for you. Hold all your wonder memories of Linda close. Keeping you in my prayers at this difficult time 🙏🏻❤️

  • Terry Thomas Posted April 8, 2020 8:32 am

    Very saddened to see a fellow classmate and friend leave us so early. JoAnne and I hope Ray and his family, Frannie, and John and Helen have a quick positive move forward. Her smile was infectious. Can’t forget it..

  • John Helme Posted April 8, 2020 9:19 am

    Ray and family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. God bless you all. With deepest sympathies, John Helme

  • JAMES R. TIEGS Posted April 8, 2020 9:31 am

    My prayers and best wishes to your family. You are experiencing a personal Good Friday, but there will also be an Easter and a great family reunion in the next life. May Lord embrace not only Linda, but each of you!—Fr. Jim Tiegs

  • Jim and Peggy Meyer Posted April 8, 2020 9:47 am

    So sorry for your loss prayers,

  • Robbie And Russ Lane Posted April 8, 2020 10:00 am

    So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dick Tobin Posted April 8, 2020 10:03 am

    Ray and Family, We’re trying to focus on the many moments of fun and laughter, smiles, and laughs that Linda brought into our lives. With the pain of your loss, our hope is those overwhelmingly grand memories work back into your day. She and Ray built a wonderful family, a significant life. A sad time for all.

  • Jodi Gustafson Posted April 8, 2020 11:14 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ray and the family. I have so many wonderful memories growing up next door to Linda and Ray. She was so much fun to be around and made the best beer cheese soup EVER!! R.I.P. sweet Linda!

  • Ed & Betty Welte Posted April 8, 2020 11:15 am

    So, so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ray, Valarie & Michael. Your pain in large but memories will bring you much comfort.

  • Jeff & Patti White Posted April 8, 2020 12:24 pm

    Ray and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We have such wonderful memories of Linda and her exceptional entertaining. She always made everyone feel so welcome. WE will keep you all in our prayers.

  • Steve Group, Posted April 8, 2020 12:24 pm

    Ray, I’m so sorry for your and your families loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Steve Joekel Posted April 8, 2020 12:33 pm

    Ray, Michael, Val: I am so saddened by Linda’s passing. My deepest sympathies are extended to you. I am very blessed to have known Linda, and you all. She always made us feel valued and as a friend, and I believe that’s exactly how she did view all. She didn’t meet “strangers”, but always friends. She is a special lady who modeled a wonderful vitality and spirit of living. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, as is Linda.

  • Bill and Ann Cronstrom Posted April 8, 2020 12:39 pm

    Ray, Valerie, Michael and grandchildren, our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have had sooo many fond memories throughout the years. I will never forget her contagious smile, her laugh, and yes, she definitely was the queen of making the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. I pray for you all that your loving memories of her will help ease the pain. God bless you and may Jesus carry you in the palm of his hand..

  • Bob & Trudy Sutton Posted April 8, 2020 1:32 pm

    Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you Ray, Valerie, Michael n family. So sorry to know your loss of your beautiful wife, mother, and awesome grandmother. May GOD surround you with love as you go through this time of grieve.

    • Kathy Pittenger Posted April 8, 2020 1:39 pm

      I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Ed & Rita Piner Posted April 8, 2020 2:46 pm

    Ray and Family, Rita and I offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family

  • Kandy Nugent-Ordway Posted April 8, 2020 6:44 pm

    My sincerest condolences for the family. Prayers to you all. I grew up next door to Linda Lydon, John and Maryann. Such a loving fun family with many fond memories. She was a beautiful soul so sweet and fun. She had the best hardy laugh, I remember that like yesterday.

  • Don Brummer Posted April 8, 2020 7:48 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. All our ❤️ And 🙏s. Don & Angie Brummer

  • Larry and Marshia Meisinger Posted April 9, 2020 7:46 am

    Ray, we are so sorry for your loss. May god bless you, your children and grand children.

  • Kristy Damkroger Posted April 9, 2020 8:15 am

    Ray and family….our condolences to you. Have many good memories of Linda and our fun times together at Millard West. Prayers. To you all….Maury and Kristy

  • Mary Lydon Posted April 9, 2020 8:39 am

    Tough to wrap your head around…that anybody so full of life would leave us…
    I have many fond memories of Linda, but one that stands out was my one and only visit to Lincoln for a Cornhuskers game. As the younger cousin, I was thrilled to be included! To be sure, there were pregame festivities, but when we arrived in our seats, it was serious business. No stepping out for refreshments, bathroom breaks…we were there to watch the game!
    How lucky are we to have enjoyed her irrepressible blend of smart and silly effervescence!
    It’s an example we can all try to live by.

  • Tom and Mary Victor Posted April 9, 2020 10:17 am

    Ray,Val and Michael our thoughts and prayers are with you. Will always remember Linda for her love of family and friends. So many good memories over the years.

  • Kraig Klopfenstein Posted April 9, 2020 11:47 am

    During an already difficult time, it becomes important to reach out and say we care. On behalf of everyone at Auto-Owners in our West Des Moines and Omaha claims office we send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May Linda have the peace now amongst all the angels and saints in Heaven and continue to shine through you and others she touched. God Bless. Kraig Klopfenstein, RVP

  • Sheila & Fred Forchtner Posted April 9, 2020 1:42 pm

    Ray and family….our sincere condolences for the passing of Linda! Linda was one of the special people in this world who would always make you feel special! There are so many memories of our younger days and the raising of children. While we were miles away in the last few years the distance never destroyed the love for Linda and her family. Family was her life and she did love you all dearly! May she Rest in Peace and may the memories make you smile! Much love to you all!

  • Mike and Ellie White Posted April 10, 2020 9:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending all of our love and support to you all during this difficult time. Linda was one of a kind and we will always remember the fun times we shared with her and your family.. We love you all and hope to see you soon to celebrate what an amazing person Linda was. Hugs to each of you, Mike and Ellie White. ♥️

  • Veronica Trujillo Posted April 10, 2020 10:45 am

    An amazing lady who touched very many hearts and raised a beautiful family! Words cannot express how saddened I am to hear of your loss. My heartfelt condolences to the Sluyter family. You have my Heart and Support! Sinceramente – Veronica Trujillo

  • Bryan and Judy Watkins Posted April 10, 2020 2:14 pm

    Ray, Valerie, Michael and kids, We were so sad to hear of Linda’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for your healing, comfort, peace and strength during this painful time. She will be missed dearly.
    Sending love💙

  • Lou Steinkamp Posted April 10, 2020 2:36 pm

    She is well loved and will be greatly missed. The world is missing one of its most generous and loving people. I am honored to have known her and been welcomed into her home. Deepest condolences to her loved ones.

  • Kari Jo & Jerry Onken Posted April 11, 2020 9:59 am

    Words cannot express the sorrow that we are feeling in our hearts right now. Linda was such a wonderful friend to us. We loved to hear her stories and of the love she had for Ray, her children and grandchildren. She had so much courage to fight her illness and was always so positive. We will miss her texts, phone calls and our fun get-togethers. She was truly one of the great ones. All our love~

  • Marty and Quinn McGuire Posted April 11, 2020 10:09 am

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. God bless you all.

  • Debi Rowe Posted April 11, 2020 10:44 am

    What an amazing lady she was. I am so proud to be a part of the Blackstone Insurance family and got to be a part of the Sluyter’s life. The services were amazing and I know Linda will be missed by many. Hugs and Loves to all of you.

  • Tim and Joan Dreager Posted April 11, 2020 11:02 am

    Sending our love to you during these difficult days. Know your hearts are breaking.

    Linda enjoyed a gteat life. We all will cherish our wonderful memories. Tim and Linda went to grade school and high school together. Linda and I spent endless hours playing together during our childhood. Enjoyed traveling to San Francisco and exploring New York together.

    Then the New Year’s Eve arrived when we decided Tim’s friends, Ray, should meet my cousin, Linda.

    As they say, the rest is history. A wedding, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. A busy, wonderful life! We will miss your smile and laughter. You will live on in our memories.

  • RON AND LAURI CHARVAT Posted April 14, 2020 1:54 pm

    Ray, Valerie, Michael and families … We were so sad to hear about Linda and our hearts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. It was a beautiful eulogy Valerie. We hope you can find some comfort that she is no longer in pain, now smiling and watching over all of you with our Lord. You now have your own special guardian angel. Your memories will keep her alive in your hearts. Sending you our hugs and keeping you in our prayers! xoxo Lauri, Ron and Family

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