Dr. Glen Pedersen, 77, of Mount Pleasant, IA, died peacefully while being surrounded by family on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a short, but brave, battle with cancer.
Glen was born on August 13, 1945, in Harlan, Iowa. He was the son of Walter and Veda (Vendelboe) Pedersen. He was a member of the Harlan High School graduating class of 1963. Glen continued his education at Northwest Missouri State where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Education degrees and finished his academic career earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Southern Illinois University. On June 7, 1964, Glen was united in marriage to Connie Rold in Avoca, Iowa. The couple made their home in Omaha, Nebraska where Glen served in a variety of administrative roles at Metropolitan Community College. In 1994, Glen and Connie moved to Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where Glen served as the President of Murray State College until his retirement in 2003. Glen and Connie moved to Mount Pleasant later that year, where Glen discovered love for his new hobby, buying and selling at auctions. Glen was a vendor for many years at Old Threshers. He also treasured the time he was able to spend with family, especially if it involved quality time together, playing games, eating treats, and sharing auction gifts. Glen could often be found working in his garage or looking for something to fix. In his free time, he enjoyed learning and reading, watching stock car races, and napping! Glen had a strong belief in Jesus Christ and served the Lord through his passion of helping others.
Glen is survived by Connie, his wife of 58 years; two children, Renee (and Steve) Davis of Mount Pleasant, Jeff Pedersen of Altoona; five grandchildren and their spouses Ally Davis, Isaac (and Anne Marie) Davis, Jared (and Janet) Carrette, Grant Pedersen, and Beau Pedersen; one great-grandchild Rowan Carrette; and his brother Dean (and Linda) Pedersen of Mooresville, North Carolina; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and “adopted” members of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 21st, 2023, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel. Pastor Chris Carr will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21st the family will be present to greet friends from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. A memorial fund has been established for Park Place Elder Living. The Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel is caring for Glen and his family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com