Diers, Glenn Melvin 86

Diers, Glenn Melvin 86, of Howard Lake passed away at Mercy Hospital of Coon Rapids on January 5, 2020.
Funeral Service: 11 AM Friday January 15, 2021 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake.
Visitation: 4-8 PM Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Church.
Interment: Howard Lake Cemetery
Glenn Melvin Diers of Howard Lake passed away on January 5th, 2021 at age 86. Glenn was
born on February 16, 1934 on the family farm south of Howard Lake. He was baptized and
confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church. He remained a lifelong member and served as usher,
trustee and elder. Glenn attended school in Howard Lake, graduating in 1953. He went on to the
University of Minnesota where he earned an associates degree in agriculture. After college Glenn
served two years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Following his army
service he returned to Howard Lake to work the family farm as a 4 th generation farmer.
Glenn married June Tovson on October 29 th , 1955 at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church in Albert
Lea, MN. June passed away on February 9th, 1980. He later married Elizabeth (Betty)
Schurmann on March 5 th , 1983 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN.
Glenn farmed until 1999. After that, he worked in the maintenance department at the St. Mary’s
Care Center in Winsted for 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, auctions,
shopping, photography, and spending time with his family.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Alice Diers, his spouses, June and Betty
and his sister-in law, Olive Tovson.
Survivors include his brother, Dale (Helen) Diers; children, Mark (Patty) Diers, Janis (Dave)
Judd, Carol (Gary) Davis, and Dean (Michele) Diers; grandchildren, Jeff (Leisha) Diers, Keith
(Bridgett) Diers, Andy (Elizabeth) Judd, Beth (Dusty) Smith, Daryl (Holly) Davis, Dylan (Trish)
Davis, Amanda (Aaron) Diers, Casey (Brennan) Walz, and Ben Diers. He is also survived by
step-children, Bruce (significant other Rebecca)Schurmann, Brian (Heidi) Schurmann, and
Brenda Jean; step grandchildren, Theresa (Bob) Linder, Travis Schurmann and Kaitlyn
Schurmann; 14 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Glenn’s life was a reflection of his confirmation Bible verse, “Grow in the grace and in
knowledge of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18. He will be remembered as a kind
and gentle man with a twinkle in his eye and will be missed by many.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 14th from 4-8 pm at St. James Lutheran