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Wilber Glen Patience


Winterset (Formerly of Earlham)
January 5, 1922 - July 6, 2018

Wilber Glen Patience, 96, of Winterset, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday morning, July 6, 2018, at the West Bridge Care & Rehab in Winterset.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winterset, with burial to follow in the Earlham Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, at Ochiltree Funeral Service in Winterset, where the family will be present to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Dexter and/or St Paul Lutheran Church in Winterset.     

Glen was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on January 5, 1922, to Andrew and Talitha (Butler) Patience. He grew up on a farm northwest of Coin and graduated from Coin High School in 1941. After graduation, he farmed with his father before joining the United States Navy in 1942. During his enlistment, he was stationed on a Mine Sweeper, The YMS-338 and this service took him half-way around the world including trips through the Panama Canal four times, to Costa Rica, Midway, Hawaii, Borneo, the Philippine Islands and ending up in Shanghai, China, where he swept the Yangtze River. He was honorably discharged from his WWII service in 1945 which concluded a three year and two month enlistment.

While he was serving in WWII, his parents moved from Coin to Dexter and upon his return he began farming again with his father. He attended the Methodist Church in Dexter where he sang in the choir. It was about this time that Glen met his future wife, Marilyn King. The couple began dating in 1952 and were married on June 6, 1954 at the Blockton Christian Church. To this union two sons, Donn and John were born.

After their marriage, Glen continued to farm and Marilyn taught school, however, one year into their marriage Marilyn decided that her place should be on the farm helping Glen. The couple continued working together the rest of their lives. In 1963, they purchased a farm and moved from Dexter to Earlham. Together they built a home there as well as several farm buildings.

Glen was not one to join groups other than being a long-time dedicated member of the Dexter United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and sang in the choir. He enjoyed attending the Iowa State Fair, playing cards and a good game of checkers. His family recalls how he enjoyed the holidays with family and at these gatherings eating homemade hand-cranked ice cream which he had the grandkids involved with by taking turns at the crank. He always had a smile and was ready with a joke or story to tell.

He loved being a farmer and often would say, “We raise corn, hogs and beans. We feed the corn to the hogs, so that makes us a ‘Pork n Bean’ farmer”. Simply stated, Glen loved his family, his country, farming and being out in nature.

Glen is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn Patience of Winterset; two sons, Donn (Donna) Patience of Cedar Rapids, John (Kim) Patience of Earlham; five grandchildren, Andrew (Maegen) Patience, Bradley Patience, Kelsey (Ben) Striegel, Josh (Jenni) Patience and Jared Patience; one great grandson, Bentley Striegel; sisters-in-law, Berneita Patience of Winterset, Chloris Ann (Alan) Van Nice of Colorado; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jennie (Sam) Davies, Clara (Harold) Robinson, Herbert (Mary) Patience, Delbert (Marge) Patience, Martha (Robert) Rief and Marion Patience.