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Glen left this life on July 14, 2017, at Pathstone Living Nursing Home in Mankato at the age of 78. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Crossview Covenant Church in North Mankato, with Pastor Libby Englehorn officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017, at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour before services at the church. Interment will be in Dale Cemetery, Dale, Oklahoma, at a later date.
He was the son of George William and Lillie Marie (Hollandsworth) Gober. He was born on November 17,1938, in Oklahoma City, OK.
The family moved to Oakland, California, when Glen was one year old, so his father could work for Westinghouse building war supplies. They returned to Oklahoma when Glen was 9. He attended school in Harrah, OK, until graduation from 12th grade. A sports lover, he played football, baseball and basketball. After graduating, he joined the US Navy and served for 22½ years. He was Navy Air, and he went to sea on aircraft carriers, including several cruises on the first nuclear powered carrier, the USS Enterprise. After retirement from the Navy, he attended school and learned printing. He then worked for Mankato State University for twenty years as an offset press operator.
Glen had a variety of interests, many of them involving history. He spent many years with genealogy, tracking his family and others back several generations. He also enjoyed carving, photography, traveling and most of all spending time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Crossview Covenant Church, Mankato Masonic Lodge, St. Peter Carving Club, Gober Geneology Group, Scottish Rite, Shriners and the Fleet Reserve Association.
He married his high school sweetheart, Nywana Nash, on August 21, 1956. They were married for over 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Freda Russell, of Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his wife Nywana; son Bill Gober of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughter Rebecca Hottinger of Mankato; daughter Stephanie Gober of Washington, DC; grandson Jack Hottinger (Melissa Schroer) of North Mankato, granddaughter Veronica Larson (John) of rural Mankato; and great-grandchildren Marcedes Reffitt (Randy Rice), Alexsia Hottinger, Reagan Larson and Silas Larson. He is also survived by a nephew, Jeff Russell, of Fairbanks, Alaska.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glen's name to the charity of your choice.
Published on July 18, 2017
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