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Glenn Mearl Bathen

Glenn Mearl Bathen, age 85, of Lester Prairie, died Oct. 24, 2003, at St. Mary's Care Center in Winsted.

Glenn was born the son of Godrey and Maria (Halvorson) Bathen June 3, 1918, in Lester Prairie. He was baptized June 30, 1913, at his home by Rev. A. Spleiss. Glenn was later confirmed into the faith at Bergen Norwegian Lutheran Church May 28, 1933, by the Rev. C.J. Field.

He graduated from Lester Prairie High School. After high school, Glenn served two years in the United States Army. He resided in Lester Prairie for most of his life, but he also spent some time in Osakis and Winsted. Glenn ran a laundromat in Osakis, and was also the first owner/operator of the Lester Prairie trailer court.

He was a life-long member of Bethel Lutheran Church, enjoyed playing cards, his collector cars and tractors, and being an active American Legion member.

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents, sister Audrey Bathen, niece Jean (Molnar) Nelson, and brother-in-law Paul Pearce.

He is survived by his sisters Dorothy (Jim) Molnar of Chisago City, Lorraine Pearce of Hutchinson, nieces and nephews Jim (Daphne) Molnar of Center City, Dick (Cathy) Molnar of Centuria, Wis., LuAnn (Brad) Mattson of Lindstrom, Gary (Dee Ann) Pearce of Blaine, Greg (Patty) Pearce of Hutchinson, Brian (Faye) Pearce of Buckley, Wash., Keith Pearce of Hutchinson, several great nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Glenn Bathen were at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Officiating was the Rev. Sherri Sandoz.

The organist was Cheryl Jacobitz. The soloist was Chuch Thiel, who sang "How Great Thou Art." The congregational hymns were "Blessed Assurance," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "In the Garden."

Serving as casketbearers were Jim Molnar, LuAnn Mattson, Gary Pearce, Greg Pearce, and Keith Pearce.

Interment was in the Bergen Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday evening, Oct. 26, 2003, at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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