Glen D. Kliebenstein, 72, of Shell Rock, died Friday evening, February 7, 2014, at Unity Point Health-Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo of natural causes after an extended illness.
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Glen was born on June 13, 1941, at the Ellsworth Hospital in Iowa Falls, the son of James Robert and Luella (Krouse) Kliebenstein. He was baptized and confirmed in 1955 at the First Congregational Church in Iowa Falls. Glen graduated from the Iowa Falls High School in 1959, where he was active in sports and music. Then he attended Ellsworth Junior College, graduating in 1961, and Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1962. He served his apprenticeship at Anderson's Home for Funerals in Iowa Falls from 1962 to '63 and became an Iowa Licensed Funeral Director. On June 27, 1963, Glen was united in marriage to Jane Ellen Ballard in the Iliff Seminary Chapel in Denver, Colo. Following their marriage the couple made their home in Iowa Falls briefly, then moving to Colfax. In December 1966, Glen and Jane came to Shell Rock, where Glen worked for Kaiser-Corson Funeral Homes as a licensed funeral director/embalmer. Glen was very dedicated to his profession and always went the extra mile in helping the families he served. He retired on June 25, 1999, following 32½ years of dedicated service. After his retirement, Glen and Jane continued to make their home in Shell Rock.
Through the years, Glen was very involved in the community. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Shell Rock Lions Club, Shell Rock Music Association, and the Shell Rock United Methodist Church serving offices in each. He also was on the city council for 19 years and served on term as mayor. Being on the original park/pool committee was one of his proudest accomplishments. In later years he served on the Butler County Community Foundation and Covenant Mental Health Boards. Glen enjoyed camping, biking (two years of RAGBRAI) and creating stain glass art. He loved listening to big band music. Time spend with his family was his greatest pleasure.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend, Jane of Shell Rock; his two daughters, Julie Marlette of Shell Rock, Kay Knight of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Meredith Knight, Cody Marlette, Jayce Knight; two brothers, his twin, Gary Kliebenstein, of Dallas, and Stan Kliebenstein, of Littleton, Colo.; and his sister, Susan Kliebenstein of Clifton Forge, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Claude and Hazel Ballard.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church in Waverly, with the Rev. John Brockschink officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Shell Rock and also for an hour prior to service Wednesday at the church.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home
218 2nd St. SE Waverly, IA 50677
Published in Waverly Democrat from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, 2014