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Glenn J. Vanderveen

Glenn passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo.

He was born July 8, 1947 in Alma, the son of Joe and Althea VanderVeen. Glenn proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. For 37 years he worked at Parker Hannifin until his retirement in 2006. Glenn enjoyed collecting political buttons, volunteering with the veterans at the Allegan County Fair, going to Tigers games and fishing. Glenn loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Surviving are his daughters, Sheila Frisch, Pam (Steve) Smecka and Glenda (Kenny) Strojny all of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, Danny Vannoller, Chase Strojny, Vince Smecka and Bryson Strojny; brother, Dean (Annabelle) VanderVeen of Birch Run along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, Alvin Frisch and sister, Betty.

Friends may visit with Glenn’s family from 5-7 P.M, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Monday, September 16, 2019 with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Glenn may be made to the

Vietnam Veterans of America

or the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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sherry r harrison

September 12, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Glen was a great guy. He had a good heart Always willing to give a helping hand . Prayers to all his Family & Friends Bill & Sherry Harrison


David & Sandy LaFountaine

September 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Uncle Glen was an awesome uncle who’s left many happy childhood memories. He will be greatly missed. My heart and thoughts are with you all. May Jesus give you all comfort and strength. I love you all.


Penny Pulver Baker

September 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

I worked w Glenn at Hyd in 70’s. On a Broach, pinched my finger Hard w knuckle breaker, passed out in Bill Taylor’s arms. Glenn grabbed my feet, helped carry me to 1st Aid room. Came to, looking at Glenn’s kind eyes. He never made me feel dumb.


Danielle Broadhurst

September 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm

So sorry for your loss. Your all in our thoughts and prayers.


Cindy Doss

September 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Pam, Steve and Vinnie,

I am so sorry for this sad loss in your lives. I pray your hearts will always be comforted with wonderful memories.

Sending tight squeezes to each of you.

My sympathies to your whole family.





September 12, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Uncle glenners I love you pammie and family shelia and family and glenda Ann and family I’m sorry for your loss I love you all and will most definitely keep you all in prayers


Shirley Ann

September 12, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Love you uncle glenners r.i.h. girls I’m sorry for your loss I love you all and have you in my prayers


Lynne Boss Fahrne

September 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm

My sympathies to Glen’s family. My God bless you with peace, love, comfort and guidance. Many hugs and much love.



September 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm

You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Terri Fairfield-Gott

September 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

So sorry to read of Glen’s passing. I knew him from Parker. My sympathy to his family.


Otsego High School Class of 1966

September 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Much sympathy to Glenn’s family.


Otsego High School

September 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

Much sympathy from the Class of 1966 Otsego High School


Mary S. Harris

September 12, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all.

He will be missed missed but never forgotten.


Mary S. Harris

September 12, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all.


Jackie Schroeder

September 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Sorry for your loss He was a great guy. Worked with him for years. Prayers. For family


American Legion Post 84

September 12, 2019 at 9:36 pm

Glenn was a member for a few years but dropped out due to illness. Glen served our country during Vietnam on the USS Boulder an LST that served off the coast of Vietnam. I remember for a while I use to take Glen to the VVA meetings (Vietnam Veterans of America) in Holland on the second Monday of the month. Glen enjoy being with other veterans and talking about back in the day. We send our thoughts and prayers to Glens entire family.

May GOD hold you near Glen, until we meet again.

Dave Delemme/ Allegan County Commander for the Department of the Michigan American Legion..



September 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Steve and Pam, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May the Lord comfort your hearts as only He can. God bless you!


~Kandy Campbell


Marcia ( Thompson ) Slusher

September 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Glen’s passing, we were in youth group at the United Brethern church in Otsego back in the 60’s. His Dad was the pastor there at that time, a lot of great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless and comfort you. Marcia.


Amy Harris

September 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

Sorry for your loss!!! Glenn was like a dad to me for many years when I was a kid and the girls are like sisters to me, and I will always think of him as a dad. He will be missed but never forgotten!!! I’m sending thoughts and Prayers to the Girls and family.


Judy VanDenBerg

September 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

Sorry for your families loss. Sending hugs and prayers


David Conklin

September 14, 2019 at 3:36 am

So Sorry for your loss.


Don & Sherri Ferguson

September 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Steve and Pam,

So sorry for the loss of you dad. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Alex Bogue

January 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

I heard good things about him. His brother-in-law, Keith Hill, was my step-grandfather. I’m sure Grandpa and Betty are up there showing him a great time.


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