July 12, 1948 – November 25, 2018
Linard was born in Chicago, Illinois to the proud parents, James Stroud II and Anne Stroud (both preceded him into eternal life). Linard grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended Douglas Elementary School and Dunbar Vocational High School. He grew up in a home filled with laughter, food, and lots of music and singing! Linard had a love for percussions and sang and played in numerous venues throughout Milwaukee and Chicago. He was the former music director and host of his own radio program on station WVVX- Highland Park Chicago. He sang and traveled with Otis Clay, Tyrone Davis, and a host of other musicians, he was a former lead singer of The Jaguars, Still Doin It, Bu Que Blues, and Club 37. His love for music and entertainment led him to create his own business as a DJ, known as Mr. Melody! He often served as the DJ at the Annual 33rd Street Picnic, for the Kenosha Area Viet Nam Veterans, numerous weddings and other celebrations. Linard and his eldest son, affectionately called Junior would sometimes work gigs together. Some of his favorite songs (that he would break out and sing anywhere) were Since I Lost My Baby; Just My Imagination; Ain’t Too Proud to Beg; Wildflower; and Lemon Tree. While his passion was singing and music, he faithfully worked as a Rehabilitation counselor at Gateway, in Lake Villa, Illinois. He later worked as a counselor at Genesis Behavioral Services, The Guest House, and New Vision. He also was active with the AA, 12 Step, NA, and Friendship club helping recovering addicts stay clean and sober.
He leaves a treasure of memories to his wife, Brenda Stroud; his sons Linard Stroud, Jr. (Chicago, IL);Reginald Stroud (Fort Wayne, IL); Christopher Sorensen (Milwaukee, WI) and daughter Zita Stroud (Pensacola, FL). His siblings, Caroline Stroud (preceded him into eternal life); Herman Robinson (Chicago, IL); Reginald Stroud (Chicago, IL); James Stroud III (Chicago, IL); and Denise Portee (Los Angeles, CA). Thirteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins, and godson Charles Linard in Los Angeles. He is deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.
Memorial Celebration Thursday December 6, 4-7pm at Witkowiak Funeral home 529 W. Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI 53204
Home Going Celebration of life Saturday December 8, 12noon at Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church 6454 S. Champlain Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
-James Stroud and Obie Collins- Officiating
-Marjorie Stroud- Music
Special Thanks: Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Syeed, Dr. Keim, and the staff at Select Specialty Hospital, Rusty Sanford, Tim Wojociechowski Sr, and The Kenosha Area Viet Nam Veterans, Med Group Transportation Company, The Thompson and Heise family, and Dyanna Broniak.