Glenn E. Colwell February 1, 1925 - May 16, 2015
Glenn E. Colwell, of Chatham, passed away Saturday, May 16, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born February 1, 1925 to William Edward and Glenna Morrow Colwell in Beardstown. He married Betty L. Kleinschmidt on June 23, 1951 in Arenzville. After 62 years of marriage, she preceded him in death February 22, 2013.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, William.
After graduating from High School in Centerville, Iowa, Glenn enlisted in the US Navy serving from 1943-1945, flying C54 transports throughout the Pacific Theatre. Following the end of WWII, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers, working on various projects in Peoria, including airport runways and levies along the Illinois River. He was then appointed District Engineer at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, and managed the airbase construction. Glenn became Area Engineer and managed the Badger Army Ammunitions Plant in Baraboo, Wis. His final career move brought him to the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign.
During his tenure at CERL, he worked with a number of Department Of Defense projects including construction of airbases in Israel, spending a year in Tel Aviv, and the MX Peacekeeper ICBM missile program prior to retirement in 1985.
He will be greatly missed by his sons, Curt E. Colwell and Cary W. Colwell, both of Chatham; brothers-in-law, Ron (Betty) Kleinschmidt and James Drake; sisters-in-law, Amy Colwell, Virginia (Don) Nickle and Barbara Beard; and grandchildren, Kelton, Sean and Shelby.
His family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 23, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, with Pastor Wayne Hoffman officiating. Burial will be at Chatham Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Medical Center Foundation, 701 North First Street, Springfield, IL 62781-0001; www.memorialmedicalfoundation.com.
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