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Ralph I. Glenn
Ralph I. Glenn, the son of Francis Marion and Eloise Glenn, was born December 11th, 1888 and died June 11th, 1921, at the age of 33 years and 6 months. The place of his birth was the parental home situated in Jackson township, Jones County. Soon after the birth of Ralph, the family moved into Olin, and when six months old, the baby boy was left motherless by the death of his mother. He was then taken into the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Jane Glenn, who gave him a mother's love and care, and in this home he grew to manhood. In the Olin High School he secured his education, and so rapid was his progress that he graduated at the age of sixteen years.
During the later years of his school life he spent much time in the work of the First National Bank in which he became a regular employee after graduation, holding the position of assistant cashier, until compelled by failing health to give up his work.
On June 8, 1917, Ralph was married to Miss Martha Ehlers of Olin, and to this happy union one child was born, Norma Jane, whose age at this time is four months.
During the World War the deceased answered the call to the colors and entered the service July 29, 1918 and was assigned to Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama, from which camp he was mustered out of Service and honorably discharged in February 1919. The effect of the camp life was such, that Ralph returned in the vigor of health and so continued up to a year or more ago when his health began to fail. No serious alarm was felt until last December, when his decline became rapid. In March he was taken to the hospital in Cedar Rapids and after thorough examination by skilled physicians and surgeons, an operation was performed. This, however, failed to check the disease and strength failed gradually in spite of doctor's skill and nurse's care, and on Saturday afternoon, June 11th he quietly fell asleep in death.
Ralph was of a quiet disposition, faithful in the discharge of al business having the full confidence of the patrons of the bank, and above all, a lover of home, a devoted husband and father and worshipper of wife and baby daughter, to whom he was giving his wealth of affection and for whose welfare he daily labored.
Ralph's father died in 1910 on the 18th day of January and of the family who mourn his loss, beside the wife and daughter are, his stepmother, Mrs. Francis Glenn; two half-sisters, Alta and Winifred; and three half-brothers, Clinton, Huber and Francis Glenn; also a large number of relatives and a wide circle of acquaintances; and with them are his fellow members of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star, of which societies he was a member; and also his Comrades in Arms, the American Legion.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. James Baliz of the M. E. church. A very large number of sympathetic friends and relatives were present. The Masonic lodge attended in a body, also the American Legion, six of whom were the pall bearers.
The casket was draped with the American flag, and many beautiful floral pieces, the gifts of societies and friends were the token of love and esteem. At the cemetery the body was laid to rest under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, whose beautiful burial service was tenderly read by Rev. C. C. Dillavou, Chaplain of the lodge. The final service was the salute by the firing squad of the American Legion and the sounding of taps.

Submitted by: Chlona Hanken Hoppe

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