Glenn William Klinsky, 91, of Ely, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon. Celebration of Life services will be
10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely, with visitation one hour earlier. Burial will be in Rogers Grove Cemetery, near Ely, with military rites conducted by the Ely American Legion. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW.
Glenn was born March 13, 1927, on the family farm in rural Ely, the first child of Henry "William" and Stella (Novak) Klinsky. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1945, he entered the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country during World War II. Upon his return from the Army, he began farming the family farm, a Heritage Farm. He married Darlene Hickey on Aug. 18, 1953, at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.
Besides farming, Glenn's hobbies included woodworking, which involved felling the tree, sawing the logs and then building furniture and gifts. He cherished the time he spent with his family, friends and neighbors. He also liked to travel, collect John Deere memorabilia and drive his "special" tractor in the Eastern Iowa Tractorcade. He was a longtime member of the St. John Lutheran Church, the Ely Lodge 581 of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Town and Country Club and the Two Cylinder Club. Glenn served on the ASC committee as the Putnam Township representative, and was the Putnam Township trustee for six years. He was a 4-H leader for the Putnam Pals and, recently, the Ely American Legion honored him as a 70-year consecutive member. A highlight of his travels was in 2013 when he traveled to see the World War ll Memorial in Washington, D.C., with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
Glenn is survived by his daughters, Shirley (Douglas) Mott of Batavia, Ill., and Linda Jensen of Cedar Rapids; daughter-in-law, Diane (Mike) Polton of Ely; five grandchildren, Dennis (Amy) Klinsky, Lisa (Nathan) Knutson, Eric Mott, Andrew Mott and Tyson (Christa) Jensen; five great-granddaughters, Miriam, Anna, Lydia and Edith Knutson and Kaylee Klinsky; one great-grandson, Benedict Knutson; his brother, Harold (Dorothy) Klinsky of Cedar Rapids; his sister, Ellen Jones of Ely; his brother-in-law, Don Kadlec; sister-in-law, Shirley (Don) Diehl of Coralville; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene, on Sept. 30, 2011; his son, Kenneth Klinsky; a grandson, Jason Jensen; his brother, Carl Klinsky; his sister, Florence Kadlec; and a brother-in-law, Edmond "Sunk" Jones.
Memorials may be directed to the family, St. John Lutheran Church, or the Ely American Legion.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of St. Luke's Hospital during his short stay and also the staff at the Rehabilitation Center of Lisbon and Essence of Life Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.