Glenn Fixen, 98, died in the early morning Monday, January 18, 2021, at his home on the farm in Ibsen township under the care of CHI hospice surrounded by his loving family. A public visitation will be held at Galchutt Lutheran Church in Galchutt, ND Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by his funeral service at 1:30 p.m. lead by Pastor Meggie Bjertness. He will be laid to rest at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Galchutt, ND immediately following the services. A livestream will be available on the funeral home website at www.vertinmunson.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson of Wahpeton, ND.
Glenn was born on February 14, 1922, to Lewis and Anna (Anderson) Fixen in Dunn County, ND, on the family farm near the Knife River. He attended a one-room school through the 8th grade and graduated from Taylor High School in 1940.
Glenn moved with his parents and brother, Lloyd, in 1941, to a farm near Galchutt, ND. His family was looking for a better farming opportunity after enduring the “dirty thirties.” Glenn farmed in partnership with Lloyd for most of his farming career.
On June 20, 1959, Glenn was united in marriage to Rachel Strand in Abercrombie, ND. To this union, they were blessed with a son, David. They were married for 40 years when Rachel passed on August 14, 1999.
In 1977, Glenn and Lloyd and their families had the foresight to divide the farm up and to start farming separately to give the next generation of farmers the best chance to succeed. In retirement, Glenn enjoyed helping on the farm, raising cantaloupe, watermelon, and squash in the garden. He loved nature, especially enjoying the summer evenings sitting on the patio with Rachel. Glenn was a member of Galchutt Lutheran Church, serving many times on the church council.
Glenn is survived by his son, David, of Ibsen Township, ND; sisters-in-law, Shirley Strand of Rice Lake, WI, and Shirley Strand of Hawley, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Fixen; parents, Lewis and Anna Fixen; brother, Lloyd (Arlis) Fixen; sisters, Ardyce Fixen and Hazel (Bill) O’Neil; and nephew, Billy O’Neil.