George J. Glendenning


George J. Glendenning went to meet his Savior on Feb. 4, 2022, in Sun City, Ariz. He was born on June 5, 1933 to George Bruce and Alfhild (Clover) Anderson Glendenning in Rockford.

He grew up just south of Stillman Valley and graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1952. During that time, he met the love of his life Donna(Fowler) Glendenning, and they were married in October of 1953 and raised four sons. George loved the Lord and lived a life of service to his family and his community. He was drafted into the Army in June of 1953 and served at San Luis Obispo, Camp Atterbury, Fort Carson, and Beal AFB. He was proud of His country and served faithfully.

After his time in the Army, George moved back to Stillman where he continued to farm and raise his family. He loved the farm life and raised his sons with a strong work ethic. He further gave to his community by serving on the Ogle County Fair board, serving on the steering committee of the Ogle County Hospice Serenity House and helping with bowling fundraisers for veterans. George served the Lord in various leadership capacities in his local congregation. He was always available to help out with mowing, running for parts and filling in wherever he could; he continued to be physically active in recent years by becoming an avid bowler. George and Donna have wintered in Peoria, Ariz., for nearly 30 years, where George enjoyed hiking, biking, bowling, horseshoes and sunshine.

George is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Floyd Glendenning.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years: Donna J (Fowler) Glendenning; and his four Sons: George B Glendenning (Pam), Terry S Glendenning (Tammy), Kevin L Glendenning (Kim) and Douglas J Glendenning (Jodi) all of this area. Grandchildren: Michael Glendenning (Julie), Mark Glendenning (Stacey), Joshua Glendenning (Vanessa), Faith Groenhagen (Kyle), Talitha Gardner (Philip), Lucas Glendenning (Alicia), Lance Glendenning (Abby), Telah Garwacki (Rob), Abby Glendenning; Bailey Stark (Jim), Brena Ingersol (Chris); Clint Glendenning (Kayla), Cassie Jennings (Tyler), Great Grandchildren: Drew and Anna Glendenning; Adam, Jared and Jackson Glendenning; John and Isla Glendenning; Enoch and Scarlett Groenhagen; Eian, Natalie, Caleb and James Gardner; Kyla Mishler (Josiah), Micah, Lianah and Alayna Glendenning; Jared, Elijah, Ava and Ellen Glendenning; Scott and Morgan Garwacki; Kadence and Kinsley Glendenning; Ava and Joanna Jennings and 2 more to arrive in the spring. He is also survived by his brother Tom Glendenning (Joan), sister-in-law Geraldine Glendenning and several nieces and nephews. 

George will be forever loved and missed by his family, the friends in the community where he lived his entire life as well as those in his winter home in Arizona.

A Celebration of Life service was held 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 at the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8195 North Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, with the Rev. Scott Neese officiating. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Private burial took place at the Stillman Valley Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established for the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, and the Gideon International Bible Program. Visit to leave a condolence or memory.