Glen Maurice Curlile passed away June 8, 2018, at the age of ninety-one at the Odebolt Speciality Care, Odebolt, Iowa, where he had lived for the past year. Glen was born February 1, 1927, the first of six children to Maurice E. Curlile and Marie A. Curlile. Glen arrived in a small three-room sod house on the prairie of Logan County, Nebraska, not far from Stapleton. He would call this little sod house “home” for the next five years. Siblings to follow were Irma, Donna, Wayne, Wanda and Carol.
His school years were one-room schools with all grades. Transportation was an enclosed black buggy, power was one horse named “Shorty” when he reached high school age. For room and board, he did chores and walked to Berwyn, Nebraska. Glen was a kind and loving man, always willing to lend a helping hand. He was an all around good worker, helping his father farm and break horses. In 1946, at the age of 19, Glen rented 240 acres of land and took up farming on his own north of Berwyn, Nebraska.
Glen married Evelyn Roessler in 1947 and to this union five children were born: Gary, Sharon, Marion, Carolyn and John. The family moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1957 and while living there, Glen was employed at Gates Rubber Company and owned a lawn service. The couple divorced in 1963 and Evelyn and the children moved to Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Glen moved to Auburn and later Rough and Ready, California. He worked construction, car sales, John Deere, and owned a paint store. Another move to Carson City where Glen worked at making pacemakers.
Glen married Stella Darline Hayes (known as Darline) in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1965. Glen raised Darline’s son, Bill, along with a foster daughter, Debbie. Darline passed away in 2004 in Carson City, Nevada, where they were living. In the fall of 2004, Glen retired, sold his home and moved to Denison, Iowa, where he was able to be near family, travel, relax and meet new friends.
He especially loved children and they were attracted to him like a magnet. He was a collector of John Deere tractors and was western to the bone and rightfully earned the nickname “Cowboy”. Glen was extremely proud to have had two sons and three grandchildren serve in the military.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Maurice and Marie; sister, Wanda; his wives, Evelyn and Darline; daughter-in-law, Jeannie; son-in-law, Rocky; stepson, Bill; stepdaughter-in-law, Debbie; nephews, Dr. Jay and Fred; brothers-in-law, Charles, Earl, Robert, Glen, Richie, Hank, Robert and Dennis.
Survivors include: three sons: Gary and his wife, Pat, Marion, and John; two daughters: Sharon and her husband, Jim and Carolyn; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne and his wife, Velaine; three sisters, Irma, Donna and her husband, Ron, and Carol and her husband, Jerry; one stepdaughter-in-law, Mary Ann; other relatives and friends.