Glenn M. Grotefendt, 88, of Marine, Ill., born April 14, 1927, on the family farm, west of Marine, Ill., died Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Highland, Ill.
He was a member of United Church of Christ of Marine. He was also a member of Madison County Farm Bureau; Marine Lodge 355 AF & AM-Marine, Ill.; Marine Cemetery Association ( President); American Polled Herford Association; and the Madison County Fair Board.
Glenn was born in Marine, Ill., and attended Loos School, west of Marine and graduated from Highland High School in 1944. He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer. His passion was raising and caring for his herd of Polled Hereford Cattle. He, along with his family exhibited many of their cattle at County, State, and National shows. He also enjoyed traveling to and attending Purebred Cattle sales in many states. He was a member of the Madison County Fair Association, serving as the Superintendent of the Beef Show, for many years. He was a strong supporter of 4-H and Junior Livestock shows, and served on the Madison County Youth Livestock Auction Committee. In recognition of his strong commitment to youth, he was inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013. With his love for 4-H, Jr. Beef Shows, Madison County Fair and love for Livestock, his work enriched the lives of numerous young people. Glenn served many years on the Marine Cemetery Association Board. He currently was serving as President of the Cemetery Board, a position he held for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Marine Masonic Lodge 355, the Madison County Farm Bureau, and had been a member of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association, the American Hereford Association, and the Illinois Beef Association. Glenn had a keen interest in cemeteries, which led him to research the history and ancestry of many families. His interest and knowledge of the Civil War was extraordinary. He had a never-ending quest to always learn more about it, which led him to Gettysburg in 2013. He loved reading, Polka dancing, and working with his International H and M tractors.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marvena A., nee Schneider, Grotefendt on Nov. 22, 2010; a son, Gary G. Grotefendt on June 7, 1983; his father, Albert D. Grotefendt on Feb. 12, 1993, and his mother, Lena S., nee Abert, Grotefendt on June 2, 1982; a brother, August A. Grotefendt on March 10, 1993; and a sister, Doris Badalamenti in 1977.
Surviving are a daughter, Teri L. (Terry C.) Leitschuh of Marine, Ill.; a brother, Earl E. Grotefendt of Highland, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Church of Christ of Marine, Glenn M. Grotefendt Memorial Junior Beef Awards Fund (make checks to G.M.G. Memorial Fund).
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, Highland, Ill., and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016, at United Church of Christ of Marine, Marine, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016, at United Church of Christ of Marine, Marine, Ill., with Rev. Philip H. Kershner officiating.
Interment will be in Marine Cemetery, Marine, Ill.
FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 8, 2016