HERMAN, Mich. - Glenn Allen Moilanen, age 72, of Herman, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 11, 2013.
Glenn was born Dec. 29, 1940, in L'Anse, son of Waino and Ingrid Moilanen. Glenn was raised in Herman and attended L'Anse High School, graduating in 1958. He attended Michigan Technological University for two-and-one-half years, studying electrical engineering before joining the United States Navy.
Glenn became a communications technician in Naval Security with the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class, serving in Alaska and Puerto Rico from 1960 to 1964 during the Vietnam War.
Glenn joined the technical team of Xerox Corporation in 1964 and serviced Xerox copiers in the Detroit area for six years before moving to Iron River. Glenn repaired copiers across the Western Upper Peninsula to complete 30 years of service in 1994. After retirement, Glenn went for his builder's license and assisted his brother, Wayne, in his construction business to install Vinyl Pro windows in the area.
In 1965, Glenn married Elvy Jean Smith and they had two children: Philip Scott, born Jan. 19, 1967 and Terri Marie, born Sept. 26, 1970. In 1987, Glenn married Doris Vivian (Leppanen) Matero and returned to live in Herman in 1992, shortly before Vivian passed away.
In 2002, Glenn met Bonnie (Lydman) Berggren, a former classmate, at a 45th class reunion and they were married Mar. 7, 2003. Bonnie was a fulltime staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ living in Madison, Wis. She retired and Glenn joined her as a volunteer on mission teams, traveling to Beijing, China, Seoul, Korea, Maritus Island and Nairobi, Kenya. Glenn and Bonnie frequently entertained international students in their home and continued to keep in touch with many people from other nations.
Glenn's gentle spirit and kind heart were appreciated by young and old.
Glenn was an active member in the Iron River J.C.s, serving as president and of the L'Anse Eagles Club, serving as president, vice president and chaplain. He was most recently a member of the L'Anse Baptist Church and the American Legion.
Though Glenn traveled for many years for his work, he still enjoyed traveling. Glenn and Bonnie made frequent road trips and flights for visits to family and for clinical trials for Glenn's cancer, which he battled for four-and-a-half years.
Glenn was a whiz at fixing things, loved puzzles, crosswords and reading. He enjoyed reading an average of one book a day and especially enjoyed old westerns.
Glenn, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie of Herman; Glenn's daughter, Terri Marie (Jesse) Quals of Burlington, N.C.; five step-children, Mikko (Belinda) Matero, Timmo Matero of Ohio, Grant (Patricia) Berggren of Madison, Wis., Rex Berggren of Alexandria, Va. and Konnie (Dennis) Barker of Chico, Calif. Glenn's granddaughter, Savannah Quals of Burlington, S.C.; step-grandchildren include Karissa, Joseph, Jacob and Katie Berggren of Madison, Wis., Jessica, Luke and Tim Berggren of Alexandria, Va. and Katelyn and Daniel Schneider of Chico, Calif. He is further survived by his sister, Lora Murray of Hudson, Mich.; four brothers, James (Linda) Moilanen of Chula Vista, Calif, Wayne (Catherine) Moilanen of Marquette, Jack Moilanen of Herman and Lou Moilanen of L'Anse; his 94-year-old stepmother, Emma Lydman Schaedig of L'Anse; several step-sisters and step-brothers; numerous nieces and nephews, including Matthew Moilanen, Erika (Terry) Solanen, Karyn Juntinen, Aaron (Jennifer) Moilanen, Krista (Timothy) McBride, Tyler and Emily Moilanen; and many more extended family members too numerous to mention.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Waino and Ingrid Moilanen; his wife, Vivian Mattero Moilanen; his son, Philip Moilanen; his sister, Ingrid Christine Moilanen.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in the Jacobson Funeral Home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the L'Anse Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 in the church with Rev. Jerry Bishop to officiate. Burial will be in the Herman Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Glenn's honor is being established for indigent pastors in Nairobi, Kenya, where Glenn and Bonnie had continued to serve in the ministry.
Friends may sign Glenn's guestbook or send condolences to jacobsonfuneral.com.