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Glenn Poland - February 04, 2010


Glenn W. Poland, 89, of Sargent, Neb. died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at his home.
Glenn Wyman Poland was born on Dec. 2, 1920 at the family farm near Sargent , Neb. to George and Margaret (Vanderveen) Poland.
He was the third of five children who walked, or later took a horse and cart, to a country school a few miles away for their early education. He graduated from Sargent High School along with sister, Evelyn, in 1940 after living in town and working at the local JC Penney’s store during the week and returning to the farm to work on weekends.
He reported for the service several times during World War II but, with his two older brothers already in the service, the draft board decided it was better for him to keep working on the farm in order to keep it in production during the war years.
Glenn met his wife, Laurel Hust, at a church hay rack ride, after she moved to Sargent to teach school. They were married on Aug. 15, 1948 at Imperial, Neb. and started out their married life in a sod house between Sargent and Taylor, Neb.
During the winter of 1948-49 Glenn had to ride a horse to Taylor to get necessities as the roads were impassable for months. They moved to a farm they purchased nearby where Glenn continued to actively farm and raise cattle until the last year of his life. He loved farming and ranching.
He and Laurel celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last August and were blessed with three children: Doug, Kathy and Shirley.
Glenn was a pilot and had a runway, airplane and hanger on the farm. He enjoyed flying, was a member of Flying Farmers of America and the family frequently flew, rather than drive, to wherever they might be going. He also used the plane to check the cattle in the wintertime and gave rides to anyone who was interested. He also was a lifelong follower of Husker football and a regular family excursion was to go to those games.
Glenn was active in the community and was elected to several boards during his lifetime, serving on other, non-elective ones as well during his life. He was on the Custer Public Power Board of Directors for 27 years, the Sargent School Board for 12 years, the Sargent Airport Authority Board, the Sargent Township Board, the Board of Directors of the Sargent Farmers Co-op and the Custer County Extension Board. He was also active in the Lions Club, was a Boy Scout leader for years and a frequent volunteer at the Sargent United Methodist Church.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond and Kenneth; and sister, Donita Van Horn.
He is survived by his wife, Laurel; son, Doug of Sargent; daughters, Kathy Fiorelli and husband, Randy, of Anselmo, Shirley Williams and husband, David, of Lincoln; sister, Evelyn Dawson of Visalia, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Fiorelli of Anselmo, Marci Fiorelli of Kearney, Kim (Fiorelli) Murray of San Antonio, Texas, Garet Poland of Kenesaw, KeShara (Poland) Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colo., Isaac Poland of Lincoln, Owen Williams of Lincoln, Emma Williams of Lincoln; six great grandchildren, Tara, Trinity and Tyler Murray, Dylan and Dominic Rogers and Kacey Poland and one step-great-grandchild, Cody Shriver.
Services were held Feb. 2 at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent with the Rev. Cliff Reynolds officiating.
Burial was at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Sargent.