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July 4, 1936 – February 22, 2016
|Glen Rickels, age 79, died Monday February 22, 2016, at his home following a brief illness.
Private funeral services will be held at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery. Rev. Wade Reddy will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 4 until 8 Thursday at the Goettsch Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife of sixty years, Janice; four sons, Calvin (Megan) Rickels, Vinton, Scott (Ranae) Rickels, Morrison, Illinois, Todd (Lisa) Rickels, Monticello, Tom (Lisa) Rickels, Fenton, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, Austin, Dylan (Amber), Kelsey (Justin) Addy (Tyler), Kelyn, Brody, Brenna, Caleb, Kacie, Benett and Paige, one great-granddaughter, Emma, his brother, Rex (Nancy) Rickels, Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Louis and LaVerne and a sister, Evalene Jeffrey.
Glen Gerhard Rickels was born July 4, 1936 in Wayne Township, Jones County, Iowa. He was the son of George E. and Meta (Poppe) Rickels. Glen attended the Wayne Center Schools. He graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1954. He continued his education at the University of Iowa for a year.
Glen married Janice Rink on August 14, 1955 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Monticello. Glen farmed his entire working career in Wayne Township. He was a life-long member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church.
While in high school, Glen participated in basketball as well as football, where he was selected as the Captain and achieved All State Honors. Glen was a member of the inaugural class of the Monticello High School Hall of Fame in 1992.
Glen’s hobbies included bowling, fishing, playing golf and cards. Most of all he cherished spending time with his family and friends.
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