Nov. 11 1934-Feb. 20, 2019
Glen Plettner was born on Nov. 11 1934, in Exeter, to John and Nellie (Miller) Plettner. He died on Feb. 20, 2019, at Columbus Care and Rehab.
Glen's Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Cindi Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus. A prayer service for the family will be held at the church prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date in the Exeter Cemetery.
As a young person, Glen worked hard in the family poultry and hatchery business in Exeter. A lover of sports, he played football, basketball, and baseball while in high school, and later taught and coached these sports at various high schools across Nebraska.
He graduated from Exeter High School in 1952, and completed his Bachelor's degree in education from Kearney State College in 1957. In 1971, he received a Master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Glen married Alice Wilson on Aug. 13, 1954, at St. Paul Methodist Church in Lincoln. This year would be their 65th wedding anniversary.
Glen worked as a teacher, coach, and high school administrator in several schools in Nebraska. He also owned a grocery store with his brother, Karl, in Valley, from 1961-65. He and Karl owned and operated “The Red Barn Riding Stable” during the summer months in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, from 1965-71. Those summers created wonderful memories for the family. Everyone enjoyed riding horses and guiding trail rides through the beautiful Minnesota woods.
He loved the outdoors, nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, and working in his yard. His best hunting day of all would have probably been “Opening Day of Pheasant Season” with one of his beloved hunting dogs and his hunting companions. Glen was a gifted woodworker and he especially enjoyed crafting clocks. He leaves behind beautiful treasures for his family to cherish.
Glen was devoted to his family, and loved attending his grandchildren's activities and sporting events. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. His life reflected his caring for others in his willingness to offer his talents to various projects in the church and community and participation in numerous mission trips.
Glen is survived by his wife, Alice, and children, Rocky (Mary) Plettner, Cindy (Rich) Rohde, Glenda (Gary) Plettner-Nelson, and Amy Plettner; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and their spouses.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to one of Glen's preferred charities: First United Methodist Church in Columbus, the Nebraska Children's Home Society Foundation, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and/or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Checks made out to the charities will be handled by the family.
Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.