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Glenn Grimley
August 29, 1923 - July 30, 2015

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. 


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Mike and Mary Gaffney on August 5, 2015 at 12:51 AM said:

Our deepest symphony to Val and Destiny
Connie Chase Fowlkes on August 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM said:

Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to your family.God bless you all.
Robert & Deborah Briggs/Chicago on August 2, 2015 at 6:15 AM said:


We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sheryl, Dick/Dalene Gosse on August 2, 2015 at 12:19 AM said:

Val/Destiny, Janet/Brynn, Sterling & all family members. Oelwein has lost another good man. He cherished all family, friends and was involved in the church and the community. He was a proud Oelwein citizen! We have good memories of your family when young to the present. It was good to see him recently and had a good visit! He's your angel in heaven and home with family. Cherish the memories always. See you all soon.
Jim Hessenius on August 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM said:

Sorry for your loss.
Cathy Martin on August 1, 2015 at 8:38 AM said:

Gosh, I thought Glenn just might have been that guy to live forever.i never knew he was a Leroy boy til I read the obit. My sympathy as he was a great man.
Jenni Tellin on August 1, 2015 at 3:16 AM said:

Thoughts and prayers to your family at this time. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet such a great man. He will be missed greatly. ?
Kari Necker on July 31, 2015 at 8:14 PM said:

Heaven gained a beautiful soul. He could always make me smile! My thoughts and prayers of peace are with Val, Destiny and the whole Grimley family.
Brenda VanDeWalker on July 31, 2015 at 5:42 PM said:

Sorry to hear of your loss sending prayers for the family'
Kathy Fettkether on July 31, 2015 at 4:29 PM said:

My sympathies to Mr. Grimley's family. He was always such a courteous and polite gentleman. Goodbye, Dear Friend!
Wallace and Barbara Rundle on July 31, 2015 at 12:57 PM said:

Glen was an awesome guy, and loved to kid around. I would call him my boyfriend, knew him when Wallace and I got married and lived on 2nd Avenue NW. Then later would see them both at Meyer Lincoln Hardware and other places around town. Such a loving guy too. He will be missed. Our prayers are with his family. God Bless you all. Wallace and Barbara Rundle
Deb irvine on July 31, 2015 at 12:37 PM said:

My sympathy to Val and Destiny, he was a wonderful man and we will truly miss him! Loved his smile and the twinkle in those beautiful eyes!!

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