Glenn Francis Woelfel, age 66, of Dassel, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at his home.
He was born Nov. 2, 1953, in Redwood Falls, the son of Norbert and Edna (Meyer) Woelfel. Glenn was baptized as an infant at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Granite Falls.
He was a graduate of the Granite Falls High School, class of 1972. Glenn furthered his education at Southwest State University in Marshall.
Glenn was united in marriage to Claire Holien Dec. 8, 1973, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Granite Falls. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Matthew, Holly and Christopher.
Glenn and Claire resided in Granite Falls, Alexandria, Marshall, Willmar, and later moved to Hutchinson in 1988. They shared 46 years of marriage.
Glenn was employed at Cash Wise Foods in Willmar from 1980 to 1988; he then transferred to Cash Wise in Hutchinson, where he was the store manager until his retirement in January of 2019.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson; the Hutchinson Masonic Lodge; Shriners Club; Hutchinson Ambassadors; and was a former member of the Willmar Kiwanis and Sertoma Club.
Glenn loved nature, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, and spending time at the Holien family farm. He also enjoyed traveling, hiking, and boating on Lake Jennie.
He was an avid sports fan, and especially liked hockey, football, and baseball. He cherished the time spent with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Claire Woelfel of Dassel; children, Matthew Woelfel and his wife, Becky, of Waconia, Holly Woelfel Schwanke of St. Cloud, and Christopher Woelfel and his wife, Kiza, of Litchfield; and grandchildren Kaden and Ryan Woelfel, Carter and Emily Schwanke, and Mason, Abby, Elly, and Gia Woelfel.
He is further survived by siblings Audrey Larson and her husband, Wayne, of Rice, Brenda Crowley and her husband, Greg, of Otsego, Susan Batcheller and her husband, Tom, of Waseca, Paula Kortgard and her husband, Del, of Granite Falls, and Nancy Geistfeld and her husband, Tom, of Champlin; sister-in-law Mary Wig and her husband, Byran, of Elko; brother-in-law Christopher Holien of Anchorage, AK; and many other relatives and friends.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Edna Woelfel; and father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Donna Holien.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. There was a gathering of family and friends at the church Monday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., continuing Tuesday, one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (200 University Ave E, St Paul, MN 55101); or the Ronald McDonald House (2525 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404).
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel of Hutchinson.