Robert Glenn

Robert Jerome Glenn was born June 3, 1931, in Grand Junction. He was the son of Charles Glenn and Cora Hammerstedt Glenn.

Bob graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1949.  He entered the United States Army in 1952 and served in Germany during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

On May 20, 1955, Bob was united in marriage to Catherine Cronin at the Methodist Church in Grand Junction. To this union, seven children were born.

Bob was a park ranger for 39 years with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Bob and Catherine lived in many Iowa locations. He worked at Spring Lake State Park, Backbone State Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, Union Grove State Park, and his career culminated at Prairie Rose State Park, where he worked from 1969 to 1993, at which time he retired.

Upon retirement, Bob and Catherine moved back to Grand Junction, where they were faithful members of the First United Methodist Church.  Bob also belonged to the VFW. 

In 2015, Bob participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., an event he cherished. 

In 2019, Bob and Catherine moved to Harlan to be closer to family. Bob died there at his home on Sept. 24. He was 89 years of age. Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Kenneth; and a son, David.

A  funeral service was held Sept. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, with words of comfort by Pastor Steve Ransom.

Music included “It is No Secret” (recorded by Bill and Gloria Gaither), and “One Day At a Time” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Marcia Winder, soloist).

Honorary bearers were Christine Rincon, Matthew Glenn, Melodie Harper, Mason Winder, Chad Kroger, Ben Kroger, Jen Miller, Jonathan Glenn, Drew Glenn, Brian Glenn, Mica McCarty-Glenn and Dalton Glenn. 

Casket bearers were Tess McCarty-Glenn, Delaney McCarty-Glenn, Becca Glenn, Hannah Glenn, Rachel Glenn and Maggie Glenn.

Interment was in the Junction Twp. Cemetery, with military rites by the Iowa Army Honor Guard, along with the VFW and American Legion of Jefferson.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Glenn, of Harlan; and children:  Mark (Tricia McCarty) Glenn, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Marcia (Mark) Winder, of Skiatook, Okla.; Joel (Mary) Glenn, of Huxley; Gary (Sara) Glenn, of Iowa City; Sharon (Randy) Kroger, of Harlan; and Michael (Deb) Glenn, of Omaha; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 

Memorials in Bob’s name are suggested to Grand Junction Fire and Rescue or to Harlan Fire and Rescue. 

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home assisted the family.

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