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Glen Wiese 09/20/2020

Glen Wiese 09/20/2020

Glen Wiese, age 90, of River Falls, WI, peacefully passed away on Sunday September 20, 2020 at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls, WI. Glen was born in Ellsworth, MN on October 27, 1929 to Thorwald and Hattie (Langfeldt) Wiese. He began his education in a rural one room schoolhouse but finished his secondary schooling at Magnolia High School, Class of 1947. Glen received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 1951 and began his career at 3M in St. Paul. Shortly after joining 3M, Glen was drafted into the Army. Receiving his Honorable Discharge, Glen returned to 3M to resume his career while obtaining his Master of Business degree from the University of Minnesota.
With the loving assistance of good friends, Glen and Lola Petersen were introduced, marrying less than a year later on October 22, 1955 at Luck Lutheran Church in Luck, WI. They began their life together in White Bear Lake, MN, welcoming three children into the world, Nancy, Diane, and James. In 1964, Glen and the family moved to a farm on the banks of the St. Croix River just west of River Falls, WI.
In addition to a full-time job at 3M, Glen enjoyed country living. With the always willing and cheerful assistance of his family, Glen raised and chased cattle, repaired fence, drove tractor, inspected the crops, picked apples, raised trees, and regularly mowed a very large lawn with a very loud lawnmower.
Glen’s Christian faith was central to his life. In addition to a consistent devotional life, he led and participated in Bible studies over the years at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. He also assumed multiple leadership roles including serving as congregational president, leading capital campaigns, and participating in church council.
Glen lovingly supported his children and grandchildren by attending their academic, music, and sporting activities. As time permitted, Glen enjoyed traveling with Lola, either by plane to Europe, Hawaii, and Florida, or by car to see the brilliant fall colors along the Mississippi or in northern Wisconsin.
After over 40 years and serving in a multitude of financial roles, Glen knew and was known by a large group of the 3M family. In 1992, then a Sector Controller, Glen retired and then really got busy.
Glen and his family were blessed by the loving care received from the staff and friends at WellHaven Senior Living Apartments, Kinnic Health & Rehab, Moments Hospice and Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Thorwald and Hattie Wiese and his wife Lola Wiese. Glen is survived by his children, Nancy (Anthony) Nasvik of River Falls, WI; Diane (Carl) Bjornstal of River Falls; James (Gloria) Wiese of Chanhassen, MN; grandchildren, David (Kelly) Wiese; Robert Wiese; Christine Bjornstal; Ryan Bjornstal; great grandchild, Briggs Wiese.
A private visitation was held on October 1, 2020 at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. A graveside service was held immediately thereafter at 4:00 PM in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. A Celebration of Glen’s Life will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorials be directed to Ezekiel Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services of River Falls.

9 Comments

  • Ruth Emerson Posted September 22, 2020 1:54 am

    Diane and family- I am so sad to receive this news while away in Colorado. I had the utmost respect for your father and enjoyed getting to know him as a fellow member of Ezekiel. I will miss him!

  • Jan Ingersoll Posted September 22, 2020 5:29 pm

    Always enjoyed Glen when we would have services at Wellhaven.

  • Nadine Johnson Posted September 23, 2020 4:17 pm

    I always enjoyed my visits with Glen.

  • Fern Tomaszewski Posted September 26, 2020 4:21 am

    Glen and I served on the Church Counsel together way back in the 1970’s. We also faced each other a crossed the Bridge table. He was a faithful attendee for our once a month Communion service at Wellhaven. I have missed seeing my Church friends and will certainly miss Glen.

  • Debbie Hagen Posted September 27, 2020 1:00 pm

    I will always remember the good times we had growing up on your family farm and how much I admired both your mom and dad. They were like second parents. Nancy – we always seemed to get unbelieving head shakes from your dad as we drove the old station wagon up and down the field roads and raced through the apple orchard on horseback. Your father was a good and kind man and will missed. The world could use more men like him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Steven Nelson Posted September 28, 2020 11:53 am

    To the whle Wiese family I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mary Evans Posted September 29, 2020 6:23 pm

    Uncle Glen was a guiding light and a friend to all of us, and so many others, for so many years. There is no doubt he is in Heaven at this moment! We always gathered out at ‘the farm’, and we loved it! It says a lot about a man that hosts his wife’s family with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He even bridled the horse when we were too young (or short) to get the job done. Surely we provided some spice in his life?! And yes, Uncle, we will continue to go to church and study the Bible! Love you!

  • Jennifer Watkins DDS Posted September 30, 2020 3:37 pm

    To the Wiese Family. We here at River Smiles Dental want to send you our condolences! We enjoyed Glen every time he came to visit us here. Was the sweetest man and He will hold a special place in our hearts!! Prayers!!

  • Rick Swanson Posted October 3, 2020 6:51 pm

    To All of the Glen Wiese Family! What an honor for me to have known Glen and Lola in my earlier years of adulthood! Glen was a man of character and wisdom, with a wonderful dry sense of humor! The thing I remember the most of Glen was his willingness to stand for Jesus Christ despite what others might think. He was not ashamed of Jesus, something that was evident throughout his life. He and Lola raised wonderful children who will always be dear to my heart. God bless you all and may you be comforted with God’s comfort knowing Glen has finished his race well and has an eternity with his Savior the Lord God, Jesus his King! Kris and I send our love to you all. Rick Swanson

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