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Glen Bortell


1914 - 2015
Glen Bortell Obituary
Glen Bortell, 100, Inverness, died April 18, 2015, surrounded by his loving family and under the devoted care of Hospice of Citrus and Nature Coast staff.
Glen was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Grinnell, Iowa, to the late John E. and Catherine (Swanson) Bortell. He was the owner/operator for 20 years of a youth ranch and children's camp in St. Charles, Iowa, ""Bortell's Bar Rockin B Ranch."" Glen was very active in the St. Charles Masonic Lodge, a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and Scottish Rite. He served the State of Iowa as a senator to finish the term of another politician and was then elected to the Iowa House of Representatives serving Madison County. After relocation to Venice, Florida, in 1987 and then to Inverness in 1993, he volunteered at Citrus Memorial Hospital as a transporter, accruing over 6,000 hours of service and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Along with his late wife Mary, he served the First United Methodist Church of Inverness in their building fund efforts.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Glenda (husband Norman) Ackley, Lecanto; and his sons, John Bortell (wife Peggy), Homosassa and William (wife Cynthia), Winterset, Iowa; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a dear neighbor and friend, Ruth Schar. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.
A celebration and tribute to Glen's life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory with Pastor Sarah Campbell officiating and Masonic Memorial Lodge No. 19. The family requests donations in Glen's memory to Citrus Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers in lieu of flowers.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2015
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