This July 2011 photo shows Pete Linnerooth and his two children, Jack and Whitney, in Lake Tahoe during his wedding to Melanie Walsh. Though Linnerooth moved to California, he remained an attentive, loving father. He’d fly to Minnesota often, and while in California, he’d call his children every night. He’d read to his son; he created a cartoon series for his daughter featuring a spider they called Gigerenzer. He’d Skype with his kids, too, content just to watch them watch TV.
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