Glenn Melvin Diers of Howard Lake passed away Jan. 5, 2021, at age 86.
A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with interment following in Howard Lake Cemetary. A visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the church, with a prayer at 7 p.m.
Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Howard Lake and Cokato, 320-286-2534.
Glenn was born Feb. 16, 1934, on the family farm south of Howard Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church. He remained a lifelong member and served as usher, trustee, and elder.
Glenn attended school in Howard Lake, graduating in 1953. He went on to the University of Minnesota, where he earned an associate’s degree in agriculture.
After college, Glenn served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Following his Army service he returned to Howard Lake to work the family farm as a fourth-generation farmer.
Glenn married June Tovson Oct. 29, 1955, at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN. June passed away Feb. 9, 1980. He later married Elizabeth (Betty) Schurmann March 5, 1983, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN.
Glenn farmed until 1999. After that, he worked in the maintenance department at the St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted for 10 years.
In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, auctions, shopping, photography, and spending time with his family.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Alice Diers; his spouses, June and Betty; and his sister-in-law, Olive Tovson.
Survivors include his brother, Dale (Helen) Diers; children, Mark (Patty) Diers, Janis (Dave) Judd, Carol (Gary) Davis, and Dean (Michele) Diers; grandchildren, Jeff (Leisha) Diers, Keith (Bridgett) Diers, Andy (Elizabeth) Judd, Beth (Dusty) Smith, Daryl (Holly) Davis, Dylan (Trish) Davis, Amanda (Aaron) Diers, Casey (Brennan) Walz, and Ben Diers. He is also survived by step-children, Bruce (significant other Rebecca) Schurmann, Brian (Heidi) Schurmann, and Brenda Jean; step grandchildren, Theresa (Bob) Linder, Travis Schurmann and Kaitlyn Schurmann; 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Glenn’s life was a reflection of his confirmation Bible verse, “Grow in the grace and in knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18.
He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man with a twinkle in his eye, and will be missed by many.