Glenn M. Grotefendt, 88, of Marine died on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 at United Church of Christ of Marine. A funeral service will follow the visitation at the church in Marine, with the Rev. Philip H. Kershner, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.
He was born on April 14, 1927 on the family farm west of Marine to Albert D. and Lena S. (Abert) Grotefendt. On June 22, 1957, he married Marvene A. Schneider. She passed away on Nov. 22, 2010.
Mr. Grotefendt attended Loos School, west of Marine, and graduated Highland High School in 1944. He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer. His passion was raising and caring for his herd of Polled Hereford cattle. He had been a member of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association, the American Hereford Association, and the Illinois Beef Association.
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He, along with his family, exhibited many of their cattle at county, state and national shows. He also enjoyed traveling to and attending purebred cattle sales in many states.
He was a member of the Madison County Fair Association, serving as the superintendent of the Beef Show for many years. He was a strong supporter of 4-H and junior livestock shows and served on the Madison County Youth Livestock Auction Committee. In recognition of his strong commitment to youth, he was inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013. His work enriched the lives of numerous young people.
Mr. Grotefendt was a member of the Marine Cemetery Association Board, including serving as its current president, a position he had held for more than 30 years. He had a keen interest in cemeteries, which led him to research the history and ancestry of many families.
His interest and knowledge of the Civil War was extraordinary. He had a never-ending quest to always learn more about it, which led him to Gettysburg in 2013.
He was also a member of United Church of Christ of Marine, Madison County Farm Bureau, Marine Lodge 355 A.F. & A.M and the Madison County Fair Board.
He loved reading, polka dancing, and working with his International H and M tractors.
Survivors include a daughter, Teri L. (Terry C.) Leitschuh of Marine; a brother, Earl E. Grotefendt of Highland; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his father, who died on Feb. 12, 1993; his mother, who died on June 2, 1982; a son, Gary G. Grotefendt, who died on June 7, 1983; a brother, August A. Grotefendt, who died on March 10, 1993; and a sister, Doris Badalamenti, who died in 1977.
Memorials may be made to United Church of Christ of Marine or the Glenn M. Grotefendt Memorial Junior Beef Awards Fund (make checks to GMG. Memorial Fund).