Glenn Floyd Marsh, 64, of Mapleton passed away surrounded by his family Monday, Jan. 6, at his home in Mapleton following a brief illness.
Glenn was born July 18, 1949, in Mapleton, the son of Floyd and Alberta (Christiansen) Marsh. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Mapleton. Glenn was raised on the family farm south of Mapleton and graduated from Maple Valley High School with the class of 1967.
During his high school years, Glenn worked building houses with his Uncle Kenny Marsh in the Des Moines area. Glenn furthered his formal education by first attending Iowa State University and later transferred to the University of Iowa until he was drafted in 1970 and enlisted into the United States Air Force. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and received training as an Air Traffic Controller at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxie, Mo.
He was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kan., where he worked in the Control Tower. It was there that Glenn joined the Combat Control Team and then received Airborne Jump Training at Fort Benning, Ga. After completing Combat Control School in Little Rock, Ark., he was stationed at Milden Hall, England. As a lead Air Traffic Controller, he was instrumental in a four nation air drop in England, Turkey, Italy, and the United States.
During this time, he had 85 parachute jumps including Hot Air Balloon, HU1D (Huey) Helicopter, C-123, C-130, and C-141. He was also a Jump Master and Parachute Rigger. He served in the Air Force from July 1970 to July 1974.
Glenn was married in 1972 to which one child, Hunter, was born in July1981. In 1980, Glenn moved back to Mapleton until the present to farm and build homes.
Glenn met Durene Aldag and together, with open hearts, both embraced each other’s families and life took on a new level of happiness for them all. They were married April 1, 2003, at St. Thomas Virgin Islands.
As a couple, they have owned and operated The Great Outdoors RV Center in Mapleton from 2003 until the present. The company they represented, KZ, rewarded them annually with lavish trips to exotic vacation locations all over the world.
Glenn was gifted with the ability to envision a project, draw it free hand, and create that vision true to its completion and loved doing it. Due to his self taught skills, he was able to build and remodel any project without involving other professionals. He just knew how to BUILD it and FIX it!
He was a member of the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. He was also a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton where he joined the Praise Team. He was self-taught in playing a 12-string guitar, able to play songs by ear without ever reading music. He played and sang songs he created from the heart, whether funny or passionate about the loved ones he loved.
Glenn reveled in being a grandpa by talking, teaching, joking, playing, and totally loving his grandchildren. They completed his world.
He and Durene spent winters with family and friends camping in Rio Grand Valley in Texas. Glenn also enjoyed golfing with family and friends.
Those survivors left to cherish their memories of Glenn include his wife, Durene; one son, Hunter Marsh of Waterloo; step-daughter and her husband, Melanie and Mike Hargens of Schleswig; step-son Matthew Petersen and his fiancee, Chelsea Thomas, of Schleswig; step daughter and her husband, Mindi and Shawn Ohlmeier of Mapleton; seven grandchildren, McKinzie and Ezden Hargens, Jayden and Adelynn Petersen, and Tyler, Trista, and Taya Ohlmeier; one sister and her husband, Marlys and Jim Engle of Early; one brother and his wife, Gregg and Kathy Marsh of Mapleton; along with nieces and nephews and other extended family members; and numerous good friends and neighbors.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Alberta Marsh; one brother-in-law, David Aldag; and one of his best friends, Larry “Mort” Mordhorst.
Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton with Pastor Scott Jensen officiating.
Message in Music was by Marie Whiteing, organist, and St. Matthew Praise Team and included “Amazing Grace” and “My Chains Are Gone.” Lauren Jensen, soloist, presented “Lord I Need You.” Congregational singing included “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
Pallbearer was Tyler Ohlmeier. Honorary Pallbearers were McKinzie Hargens, Ezden Hargens, Jayden Petersen, Adelynn Petersen, Trista Ohlmeier, and Taya Ohlmeier.
Burial was at Heisler Cemetery at Mapleton with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton with Megan Doty playing “Taps.”
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 10, after 4 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. The family is receiving condolences on line at www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Funeral Conducted by Armstrong Funeral Homes, www.armstrongfuneral.com.