Glenn Whiting, 80, of ViningPublished 9:59am Thursday, July 11, 2013 Updated 12:05pm Thursday, July 11, 2013
Glenn Vernon Whiting was born on April 20, 1933, in Clitherall, the son of Alan and Hazel (Mittling) Whiting. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Evansville High School in 1951.
He served with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955.
After returning from the service he farmed with his father.
Glenn and Helen Jenstad were married on June 5, 1965, in Brandon. He managed the Brandon Liquor Store for eight years. In 1970, Glenn and Helen purchased a building in Vining where they started the Vining Palace also known as the Purple Palace, which is still operating, for almost 43 years.
Glenn was very active in Vining, belonged to the Vining Fire Department for 37 years, was one of the founders of the Vining Rescue Squad, a member of the Vining Watermelon Committee, had served as the Vining mayor different times and was presently a Vining council member.
He helped start and was a member of the West Central Liquor Beverage Association and also belonged to the Minnesota Liquor Beverage Association.
Glenn enjoyed working on his lawn and gardening, going to casinos, horse races and scratch off lottery tickets.
Glenn and Helen enjoyed their family and especially the grandchildren.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 48 years; three daughters, Christine Whiting of Waite Park, Lynda (Ron) Rubink of St. Joseph and Terri (Pat) Zerwas of Brainerd; six grandchildren, Fernando Hernandez, Devin (Mandy) Rubink, Cassandra Hernandez, P.J. (Joleen) Zerwas, Travis Zerwas and Kelsey Rubink; two great-granddaughters, Lucy and Eleanor Rubink; four sisters, Hope (Roy) Helms of Fairbanks, Alaska, Mae Garvin and Patty (Gerald) Fearing, both of Alexandria and Sharon (John) Whiting of Minneapolis; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Hazel Whiting; a daughter, Patricia Hernandez; a brother-in-law, Alfred Garvin; and a nephew, Billy Garvin.
Visitation: Saturday two hours prior to the service at the church
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at Vining Lutheran Church, Vining
Clergy: Rev. Carl Andersen and Rev. Dawna Hochstein
Burial: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, Minnesota
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake