(Ipswich) - Mass of Christian Burial for Glenn C. Williams, 84, is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
A Liturgical Wake service is 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Visitation is 3-5:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gramm Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorials to Edmunds County Veteran's Memorial Park are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Glenn was born July 19, 1924 at Wecota, SD to David Llewellyn and Mary (Stevenson) Williams. He attended country school in Liberty Township before graduating from Ipswich High School in 1945. During his high school years he participated in track and football.
After graduation he worked for Red Owl Food Stores in Aberdeen and then managed the Red Owl Store in Groton.
Glenn entered the U.S. Army in February of 1946 and served honorably until his discharge from service in 1947. During that time he married Marjorie Streit on April 23, 1946. Soon after being discharged the two of them began farming and ranching in Powell Township south of Ipswich.
Together, they raised their family of five children. Glenn enjoyed the accomplishments of his children and relished the times spent together. He was an active farmer-rancher at heart. He tended to his cattle and crops with great care. He took pride in straight rows of crops and special care of his machinery. His love of the land kept the two of them on the farm for 60 years. In 2007, Glenn and Marjorie built a new home in Ipswich where they had been living at the time of his death.
Glenn's farm knowledge was respected by others as he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Aberdeen Production Credit Association and served on the board for 23 years.
He was an avid horse lover and was actively involved in horse racing since 1952. His adventures with horse racing took him across the United States, from Illinois to Arizona and Minnesota.
He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich.
Glenn died Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.
Celebrating the good times in Glenn's life are his wife of 62 years, Marjorie; sons, Larry Williams and Gayle of Paris Crossing, IN, and David (Marcee) Williams of Palm Springs, CA; daughters, Debbie Williams of Olathe, KS, Paula (Todd) Oldenburg of Oak Harbor, WA and Kristi (Wayne) Graul of Paola, KS; one sister, Dorothy Getsman of Aberdeen, SD as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Glenn's parents, sisters, Regina Heavorin, Blanche Neilan, and Mildred Ostrander and one brother, Maynard Williams preceded him in death.
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