Glenn Ytzen, 83, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service Monday, July 29, 2013, at St. Henry Catholic Church. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Arrangements are being coordinated by Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Glenn was born April 12, 1930, in Mason City, Iowa, to Harry O. and Ellen K. (Murphy) Ytzen. He attended elementary school in Indianola, Iowa, until the age of 9. After the tragic death of his father and stepmother Alcie, he and his sister moved to Thornton, Iowa to the home of his paternal uncle and his wife, Murl and Doris Ytzen. He graduated from Thornton High School in 1948 and attended Iowa State College where he earned a degree in general engineering in 1952. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity as well as ROTC. After serving in the U. S. Army in Korea, he joined Fisher Governor Company in Marshalltown as a design engineer. In 1969, Glenn moved with his family to Tokyo, Japan, to become General Manager of the newly formed Nippon-Fisher Company. After five years, the family returned to Marshalltown and Glenn became Director, Asia Pacific for Fisher.
Glenn married Barbara Jean Worden, on May 12, 1957. Together they raised three daughters, Anne, Jane and Nancy. He was always ready for adventure and led the family, including grandkids, down ski slopes in Colorado, up mountain trails, and on every roller coaster at Adventureland. He was water skiing and snow skiing well into his golden years, reaching his goal to ski at age 80. His relentless energy was driven by a love for his family. A true Cyclone fan, he never missed a home game and road-tripped to Memphis to cheer on the team in the 2012 Liberty Bowl. He loved golfing with his sons-in-law and the "garbage gang" at Elmwood Country Club. He and Barbara shared a joy for dancing, especially to their favorite Big Band tunes. After retirement, Glenn and Barbara found time to travel extensively. His family admired his eternal optimism, quiet strength and generous spirit.
Glenn was a huge supporter of his hometown and home state. He was a lifelong member of the Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club, former president of Elmwood Country Club, and member of the Military Officers Association of America. During his career and after retirement, Glenn served on many community boards, including the Marshalltown Library Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library, Iowa Sister Cities, and the Marshalltown Economic Development Impact Committee. He served as chairman of the Iowa-Yamanashi Japan Sister State Committee. He volunteered as a SHIIP counselor and SCORE advisor, delivered Meals on Wheels with Barbara, and remained active in Souvenir Club and St. Henry Catholic Church.
Glenn will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara; daughters Anne (Steve Morrison) Colville of Bettendorf, Iowa; Jane (Dan) Houk of Ames, Iowa; and Nancy (Kevin) Mathis of Muscatine, Iowa; grandchildren Drew (Natalie) Colville, Lucy Colville, Jeff Houk, Eric Houk, David Mathis and Michelle Mathis. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty Jean Youngren. Memorials may be made in Glenn's name to the MACS (Marshalltown Area Catholic School) building fund.