Glenn Grimley, 91, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday July 30, 2015 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday August 3, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday August 4, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established.
Glenn LaVerne Grimley was born on August 29, 1923 in Le Roy, Minnesota, the son of Ole and Mary (Anderson) Grimley. He grew up in the area and graduated from Le Roy High School in 1941. Glenn was united in marriage to Shirley Van De Walker on June 17, 1944 in Le Roy, Minnesota. They were blessed with three children, Terry, Vicki and Valerie. They started their life on a farm in Le Roy and in 1946 he took a job with The Chicago Great Western Rail Road. In 1952 they moved to Oran, Iowa four years later to Oelwein. In 1968 he began working for the Chicago Northwestern because of the merger. From 1975 to 1984 they lived in Chicago, then moved back to Oelwein where he retired in 1988. Glenn loved woodworking, Da Bears and the Cubs, gardening, fishing and playing as much golf as he could. His greatest love was his family and time spent with them. He will leave behind a big void in many lives, but many great memories.
Glenn is survived by his daughter, Valerie Green (special friend, Don Dehaven) of Oelwein; grandchildren, Destiny (Jeff) Dehaven of Oelwein, Brynn (Jeff) Graham of Gig Harbor, Washington and Maurene (Gary) Stinson of Spokane, Washington; son-in-law, Sterling (Jan) Silver of Hazleton; Daughter-in-law, Janet Grimley of Shoreline, Washington; step grand children, Heidi Nauman and Alice Silver both of Cedar Rapids and Sterling Silver, Jr. of Marion; three great grandchildren, Ryland and Grayson Graham and Robert Donelly; three step great grandchildren, Jalen, Madelyn and Jillian; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (2010); a son Terry Grimley; a daughter, Vicki Silver; four sisters, Geneva, Ester, Hazel and Ruth; and a son-in-law Harold Green.