Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be at a later date in the Storm Lake Cemetery, in Storm Lake. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the discretion of the family.
Gladwyn was born on April 9, 1928 in Terril, to Christian Daniel and Sophia (Dodge) Langner.
Gladwyn attended school at Lincoln Lee in Rembrandt, and later graduated from Hayes Consolidated School in 1945. He attended one quarter at Iowa State University and then began farming with his father.
On Aug. 8, 1948 Gladwyn was united in marriage to Helen Sheffield in South Sioux City, Neb. This union was blessed with five sons: Michael, Mark, Merle, Marshall, and Morris. Gladwyn and Helen later opened their hearts and welcomed into their family Mary Joanne, who was born in Seoul, Korea.
Gladwyn and Helen farmed south of Storm Lake until retiring in 1984 and moving to Storm Lake. He and Helen were able to enjoy winters in Arizona until travel was too difficult for Gladwyn.
Gladwyn dealt with his Muscular Dystrophy with grace, never complaining and always presenting a cheerful attitude. He enjoyed spending time playing cribbage and meeting at HyVee for coffee with his friends. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church and also accumulated 60 plus years as a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows. He found joy in visits from his family and hearing about their activities. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish Gladwyn's memory include his wife, Helen; sons Michael (Diane), Mark (Deborah), Merle (Barbara), Marshall (Jane); daughter Mary Joanne; grandchildren Amy Langner, Eric Langner, Brian Langner, Robert Langner, Keri Langner, Joseph Langner, Jeffery (Lisa) Langner, Ashley Langner, Jeremy (Becky) Langner, Sara (Cory) Glover, and Timothy Langner; great-grandchildren Courtney Langner, Christopher Langner, Corrine Langner, Mykenzie Glover, Landon Glover, Konner Glover, and Matthew Langner. Also included are sister-in-laws Pat Peterson, Storm Lake; Loretta Kendall, Spencer; Shirley Langner, Katy, TX; nieces and nephews of the extended family and many cherished friends.
Gladwyn was preceded in death by his parents; son Morris Langner; grandson William Langner; sister Ellen Beard; brothers Lowell, Clair, Ralph, Arnold and Wayne Langner; and Lowell's wife Eunice.