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Glenn Robert Emmons


Glenn Emmons, 91, of Windom, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.  Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Gardens in Canby, Minnesota, at a later date.

Glenn Robert Emmons, son of Reynolds and Leonora (Goettsch) Emmons, was born on November 10, 1927 in Luverne , Minnesota.  He attended country school in Holland, Minnesota. He graduated from Canby High School, in Canby, Minnesota. Glenn earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Kansas City Technical College, Kansas City, Missiouri.  He then went to work for Frontier Airlines until drafted in the United States Army in 1950, serving until 1952 during the time of the Korean War. During his service time, one of the missions they completed was setting gun emplacements in Alaska for protection against the Russians, marching close to 900 miles, even in inclement weather. He was trained as a mountain fighter with such skills as mountain climbing, demolition, skiing, and various other skills. This is the longest recorded march by the US Army. Upon discharge from the Army, he returned briefly to Canby working at various jobs. In 1954, he returned to Frontier Airlines and was stationed at Riverton, Wyoming where he met Ida Fern Sanders. They were married November 9, 1954 only six months after they had met. Glenn and Fern were blessed with 4 children. Glenn passed away at his home in Windom, Minnesota on Friday October 25, 2019 at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Glenn loved to work. He worked for Frontier Airlines for 37 years. Upon retirement from the Airlines he took a job managing Stonehill Regional Park, Del Clark Lake, outside of Canby, Minnesota. He worked at the park from 1987 to 2013 as either manager or caretaker.  When not working, Glenn enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and hunting. His favorite was when his kids and grandkids would visit. He was active in the community, serving as a City Councilman in Canby as well as on the Board of Trustees at Our Saviors Lutheran Church also in Canby, he was a member of the American Legion Post 109 of Gary, South Dakota.  At 86 years of age he retired again and moved with Fern to Windom, Minnesota to be closer to family. 

Glenn is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ida Fern Emmons of Windom, Minnesota, son Derek Emmons of St. Augustine, Florida; daughters Susan Behrens of Finlayson, Minnesota, and Catherine (Tom) Holthe of Jackson, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren; brother Ron(Jan) Emmons of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister Lois Johnson of Hendricks, Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Glenn is preceded in death by parents Reynolds and Leonora Emmons, daughter Sheri Svehla; brothers Ira, Eugene, and Russell Emmons, brother-in-law Kenneth “Cotton” Johnson and other relatives.

Blessed be the memory of Glenn Robert Emmons.

2 thoughts on “Glenn Robert Emmons”

  1. Michelle Eckert says:

    Cathy, Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers, Michelle Eckert

  2. Jenny Rechtfertit says:

    Col Behrens your father sounds like an amazing man, we are all grateful for his service and sacrifices. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely MSgt Jenny Rechtfertig

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