Services for Glenn H. Theulen, 88, of Perry, were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Perry High School Gymnasium in Perry.
Glenn Henry Theulen was born on Sept. 3, 1925, the son of Henry and Dora (Ehlers) Theulen in Council Bluffs.
Glenn attended Perry Community Schools and graduated from Perry High School in 1943.
He enlisted into the United States Navy on July 12, 1943, and was honorably discharged April, 1946.
After being discharged, he attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake from 1947 through 1950.
He returned to Perry and worked for the Milwaukee Railroad.
On Sept. 3, 1953, Glenn enlisted into the United States Air Force and was stationed at the Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. He received the National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged on Oct. 1, 1957.
While stationed in New Hampshire, he was united in marriage to Sharon Bruce on Feb. 29, 1956, in Guthrie Center.
After being discharged in 1957, Glenn and his family returned to Perry, and he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad.
In 1961 he decided to return to Buena Vista University to finish his degree and graduated in 1962.
He taught and coached at various high schools.
Glenn received his Master’s Degree from Indiana University, where he was a graduate assistant in basketball from 1967-68.
He was employed as the associate professor of physical education and head basketball coach for Keene State College in Keene, N.H., for 20 years.
As the coach for Keene State, he had many good teams and accolades. His personal best year as a coach was when both of his sons played for him, and the team went to the national tournament.
Glenn returned to Perry in 1988 and served as mayor of Perry from 1990-1994.
He belonged to the First United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Kiwanis, Elks Lodge #407, Otley Masonic Lodge #299 and was Past Master, Perry VFW Post #2060 and American Legion Post #85.
Glenn was involved in many civic organizations and activities. He helped bring the caboose to Perry in order to honor the area’s rich railroad history.
Glenn was also involved in the establishment of the Veterans Memorial in Perry to honor all service men and women past and present.
To honor his hometown of Perry, Glenn helped create the Sentimental Journey celebration that focused on life in Perry during the 1940s.
Glenn was a member of the Perry High School Hall of Fame, Buena Vista University Hall of Fame and Keene State College Hall of Fame.
His life was devoted to helping people, and he was the original Perry Boy. Glenn passed away Monday, Dec. 30 at the Perry Lutheran Home at the age of 88.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Sharon of Perry; sons Mike (Midge) of Springfield, Mass. and Matt (Barb) of Dallas, Tex.; four grandchildren, Jessica, Zach, Joe and Sam; sister-in-law, Shirley Ridpath (Ron) and brother-in-law Bob Bruce (Susan); several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Dora Theulen; step mom, Liz Theulen; two sisters and in-laws, Robert and Myrtle Bruce and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Glenn’s name and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home, 1420 Warford, Perry, Iowa 50220.