Glenn Martinesen, age 88, of Ida Grove, died Thursday, April 24, 2008 at Burgess Health Center in Onawa.
Funeral services were held on April 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Russ L. Burnett officiated, with burial in the Ida Grove Cemetery.
Born Jan. 3, 1920, in rural Dixon County, Neb., Glenn R. Martinsen was the son of Gabe and Bertha (Wendte) Martinsen. He attended Newcastle Public Schools. He was united in marriage to Clara Kuehler on April 3, 1951. The couple was divorced in 1974. On Nov. 5, 1999, Glenn married Lulu Rollefson at Onawa.
Glenn served in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the South Pacific region. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Glenn farmed in the Ponca, Newcastle and Sibley areas, then was employed at the Wilson Meat Packing plant in Cherokee for many years before retiring.
He was preceded in death by a son, David; his parents, a sister, Lois Hardenr; and three brothers, Elmer, Clarence and Lloyd Martinsen.
Survivors include his wife, Lu; three children, Jane Green of Primgar, Diane (Frank) Kayser of LeMars and John (Kathy) Martinsen of Windom, Minn.; four step-children, Luella Rock of Harpeswell, Maine, Ed (Diane) Lampe of Ida Grove, Beth (Jene) Hightree of Onawa, and Gene (Diane) Rollefson of Kingsley; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Max Martinsen of Cherokee, Dean of Hawarden; two sisters, Elsie Lund of Newcastle, Neb. and Donna Anderson of South Sioux City, Neb. and three sisters-in-law, Edna Martinsen and Nina Martinsen and Minnie Martinsen.