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Glenn M. 'Buzz' Prentice

Nov. 27, 1929 - Aug. 29, 2007

NEW LONDON -- Glenn Melverne "Buzz" Prentice, 77, of New London died Wednesday at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Burial will be in Lake Andrew Cemetery near New London.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London.

He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Rodman, Iowa, to Harry and Iona (Debolt) Prentice. He received his education in the Rodman schools.

He married Eleanor Bleckwenn on June 5, 1949. He worked with his father in the trucking business. Later, he and his brother and friend started Prentice-Knoer Construction. He was also a partner in the West Bend Ready Mix. In 1959, he and Eleanor purchased a farm near Heron Lake and moved there in 1962. They farmed and had dairy cows, hogs and purebred Hereford cattle. He also bought and shipped corn cobs to the Quaker Oaks Company in Omaha, Neb.

They moved to the New London area in 1970. He worked for New London Materials for many years and also was in the feeder pig business. He began Prentice Trucking and Excavating and farmed. In 1978, he built Hillcrest Truckstop. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1993 and has been a resident of GlenOaks Care Center since 1999.

He had been a member of Amo Lutheran Church in Stordan, serving as a deacon, usher and board of education committee member. He was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer.

He is survived by his wife; sons: Richard (and Cathy) of New London, Ronald (and Margarita) of Willmar and Larry of Hawick; daughters: Linda Stai of New London, Barb (and Kevin) Geer of Spicer and Anne (and Glen) Barfknecht of St. Bonifacius; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and sisters: Dolores (and Virgil) Pederson of Spokane, Wash., Mary Prentice (and Dick Kaiser) of West Bend, Iowa, Carol (and Tom) Hoch of West Bend, Iowa, Jean Thilges of West Bend, Iowa, and Christa (and Al) Christenson of Titonka, Iowa; brothers: Dean of West Bend, Iowa, Lee (and Alice) of Sun City, Ariz., Arden (and Susan) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Vern of Belgrade.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Scott Gandrud; a brother; a sister; and a granddaughter.