Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 24, 2012
Glen Ronald Ekenstam

Glen Ekenstam Obit 4-24-12Glen Ronald Ekenstam, 81, passed away peacefully at home on April 18. He liked being told by caretakers that he looked much younger than his actual age. While he was fighting cancer, he kept a sense of humor joking with hospice workers about borrowing a lawnmower to get the grass mowed, and was making plans for a weekend trip to Wendover for a prime rib dinner. Glen was born Aug. 29, 1930 in Tooele to Carl and Edna Ekenstam. He was the brother to Blance Stratton, Dean Ekenstam (deceased) and Elaine Mirabella. Glen attended schools in Tooele. Following high school, he joined the United States Air Force, and was an MP stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict. He was proud to have served from 1947 to 1951 and received an honorable discharge. A brick with his name and service is located in the Tooele Veterans Memorial Park. After his years in the USAF, Glen returned to Tooele where he worked for Tooele Ordinance Depot as a guard and warehouseman, Tooele Smelter and Refining as a boilermaker, and McFarland and Hullinger. Glen married Johanna Veltman in 1956, later divorced. He was the father of three daughters. He married Myrl Garrard on March 4, 1989 in Tooele. In his 81 years of life, Glen found many activities to interest him. He and his father enjoyed fishing on Strawberry Reservoir. He rebuilt Jeeps and loved taking them out on the road. Many summer vacations were spent with friends in Montana. Glen enjoyed watching western movies and reading western novels. He was a member of the Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles where he served in many offices. He and his wife Myrl enjoyed going for drives, taking weekend trips to Wendover, participating in events at the Senior Citizens Center, having dinner at Jim’s Restaurant, and spending time with their granddaughter, Jaylee. Glen is survived by wife Myrl (Tooele), stepson Dale (Wendy) Garrard (Farmington), daughters JoAn Ekenstam Coon (Stansbury Park), Glenda Carmine (Brunswick, Ga.), Debbie Beebe (Tooele), grandchildren Benji Garrard, Jessica (Keith) Sedell, Kathryn Coon, Derek Coon, Morgan (Freddie) Neal, Dylan (Becca) Coon, Brook Beebe, Mandy Garrard, Angela Carmine and Jaylee Garrard, six great-grandchildren; sisters Blanche Stratton (Clinton) and Elaine (Ernie) Mirabella (Magna), and nephew David Ekenstam (Tooele). Glen was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dean (Jessie, Jean) Ekenstam, brother-in-law Clayton Stratton and son-in-law Delbert Beebe. Services will be held April 25 at 11 a.m. at Tate Mortuary. Viewing will be April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tate Mortuary and one hour prior to services. Interment, Tooele City Cemetery.

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