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Glenn Edward Heald, 90, passed away on April 27, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.
Glenn was born on January 9, 1929, in Mt. Sterling, Iowa, to Russell and Grace Heald. He was the fourth of four children. After high school, Glenn served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He married his wife of 64 years, Margaret (Peggy) Simmons, on December 12, 1953, at the Bonaparte Presbyterian Church. In 1958, Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State College in Ames. The couple moved to the Chicago suburbs where Glenn began working as an engineer for International Harvester, and they began raising their family. They had three daughters and also one son, who died in infancy. In 1967, the family of five moved to Iowa, where Glenn worked as an engineer, designing construction equipment at the John Deere Dubuque Works. The family remained in Dubuque for 20 years. In 1986, Glenn retired from John Deere, and later that year began a new 20-year engineering career at Howard Price Turf Equipment in Chesterfield, Missouri. In 1987, after a short stay in a St. Louis suburb, Glenn and Margaret bought a farm in central Missouri and began an Angus breed cow/calf operation. Glenn continued commuting to Chesterfield, eventually retiring in 2005, to become a full-time farmer. Wherever Glenn lived, he was always an active part of the churches that he and Margaret attended, serving in a multitude of ways. He had a keen analytical mind, was an expert at fixing anything mechanical, and was an outstanding and progressive cattle producer. His beloved farm shows his abilities in every detail. He was a caring, kind-hearted, generous husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and he is greatly missed.
Glenn is survived by daughters Laura (Patrick) Schwartz of New Vienna, Iowa, Jennifer (Michael) Gaumnitz of Lenexa, Kansas, and Annette (John) Walter of Auxvasse, Missouri; grandchildren Amanda Schwartz of Dyersville, Iowa, Phylicia (Thomas) Chandler of Ashland, Oregon, Zachary Schwartz of Eugene, Oregon, Grace (Andrew) Rebhorn of Madison, Wisconsin, and John (Emily) Gaumnitz of Overland Park, Kansas; a great-granddaughter Olivia Chandler of Ashland, Oregon; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a son, Todd; his sisters Betty Warrington and Beverly Blair; his brother Arthur Luvene Heald; and his parents.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Bonaparte, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to the Bonaparte Cemetery Association Inc. (c/o Charla Warner), P.O. Box 37, Bonaparte, Iowa 52620-0037 or to the National Kidney Foundation (https://www.kidney.org/).