Glenn A. Herzberger January 10, 1925 - March 9, 2015

    Glenn A. Herzberger, 90, of Bluff Springs (and Virginia and Beardstown) died peacefully Monday, March 9, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
    He was born January 10, 1925 in Beardstown, the son of Audace and Anna (Glenn) Herzberger. He married Bettejane “BJ” Naumann on August 7, 1949, in Jacksonville and she survives.
    He is also survived by a daughter, Sue Anna Herzberger-Button (Rick) of Anchorage, Alaska; four sons: Jeffrey of San Antonio, Texas, Jonn of Tempe, Ariz., Lynn (Rosemary) of Cass County, and Matt of Lakewood, Colo.; four siblings: Alan of Jacksonville, Vern of King City, Mo., Jane Brown of Columbus, Ohio, and Dorothy (Dottie) Knight of Chandlerville; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carolyn Gerdes, and a brother, Leland.
    Glenn attended Virginia High School and served with the US Army. He graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture in 1951. He farmed with his father and brother until 1959, then worked as an insurance agent for Country Companies until 1965. He owned and operated the Woody Sudbrink Insurance Agency in Beardstown until 1985.
    Over the years, Glenn was a member of the Beardstown First and Virginia United Methodist Churches, formerly serving as a chairman and member of the Administrative Board. He was a certified lay speaker and a long-time Sunday School teacher with the United Methodist Church.
    He also was a devoted community volunteer leader serving 20 years as a 4-H leader, member and president of the Cass County Farm Bureau, member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Resolution Committee in Washington, DC, member of the Virginia Jaycees, member of the Beardstown Park District Board, chairman of the Cass County Bicentennial Commission, charter member and past president of the Beardstown Kiwanis Club, former Kiwanis Lt. Governor for Division 29 member in central Illinois, member of the Beardstown Elks Lodge, president of the Beardstown Chapter A.F.S. (student foreign exchange program), and member of the Speakers’ Bureau of the Illinois Division “Air Ambassador” program.  His avocations included photography and flying in North America and Europe with a commercial pilot license (with multi-engine and instrument ratings). Glenn and BJ also enjoyed traveling for 25+ years in their 1970s-era GMC motor coach, often off the beaten track. Glenn formerly served as the President of the GMC Motorhomes International Club.
    Life for Glenn was a “rare and gratifying experience.”
    Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14, at the Virginia United Methodist Church. Graveside committal services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Oetgen Cemetery in Beardstown.
    Memorial gifts are suggested to Virginia United Methodist Church in Virginia or First United Methodist Church in Beardstown. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

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