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Glenn Grayem - January 19, 2010


Glenn Leon Grayem, 84, was born June 19, 1925 near Big Springs, Neb. He and his family farmed and ranched in the sandhills southwest of Holyoke. He died Jan. 19, 2010 due to complications from congestive heart failure.

He was a WWII veteran, Army Infantry 25th “Tropical Lightning” Division. On the island of Luzon he fought the Japanese in the battle to liberate the Philippines, where he earned a Bronze Star. After the war was over, he served in Japan during the Occupation. He was honored for his service to our country by having his story printed in the newspaper and having his name read into the Congressional Record in November 2001.

After returning home, he cared for his parents, Clifford and Mabel, and farmed near Holyoke. For the past 21 years, he had been a resident of Montrose, raising cattle and hay until poor health forced his retirement. He was always a very hard worker who took good care of his family.

Glenn leaves behind his wife, Patricia; three sons, Michael and family of Aurora, Isaac of Montrose and Nick and family of Menifee, Calif.; and sister, Alice Geis of Merrillville, Ind.

Private family services will be held at a later date, with burial in Holyoke Memorial Park.