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Glenn Paul Gran

September 13, 2023 | 20 comments

Glenn Paul Gran, 80 of Onalaska died suddenly September 08, 2023, at his home from heart complications.Glenn was born October 4, 1942 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Adolph and Myrtle (Enockson) Gran. He graduated from La Crosse Central High School in June of 1960. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Berlin, Germany from 1961 to 1964. Glenn was then united in marriage to Elaine McCoy on February 10, 1968. He was employed at Trane Company for 38 years as a machinist and as an inspector.

Glenn enjoyed fishing, boating, camping and restoring his 1964 Ford Galaxie convertible. He received many trophies at car shows. He also enjoyed going to auctions, rummage sales and flea markets.

In his retirement years Glenn spent many hours visiting with friends at Marge’s restaurant and his Trane Company buddies at Tom Sawyer’s. He enjoyed his senior exercise class at the Community Connections center in La Crosse and also spent many afternoons at Riverside Park.

Glenn will be remembered for his good sense of humor. He was proud of his Norwegian Heritage.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 55 years Elaine, son Christopher and daughter-in-law Rani, grandchildren McKenna and Cameron Gran, and daughter-in-law Cindy (Curt) Gran, sister Vera (Lynn) Morris, sister-in-law Jeane Gran, brother-in-law Phillip Nelson and many other relatives and friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, son Curt, brothers Lyle (Vernetta) Becker, Merle Becker, Leslie (Irene) Gran, and Arlin Gran. Sisters Eleanor (Cletus) Link, Lola (William) Wermager, Lilian (Al) Coleman, Nephews Dan Gran, David Wermager, and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He is also preceded in death by his mother-in-law Phyllis (Parrish) McCoy and father-in-law Donald McCoy

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, a luncheon will be served following the service. Burial with military honors following the luncheon at Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse at 2:00 p.m.

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  1. Ellen Gordon

    Dear Elaine.. I was so saddened to see that Glen passed. Just saw you both at Ardie’s not so long ago. Sincere sympathies to you and your family. Ellen Gordon

    • Amy Brezinka

      I will miss joking with Glenn on Mondays and Thursdays at the Community Connections Center! He was such a nice guy with a fun sense of humor. Glenn will be missed!

      • Elaine Gran

        Thank you for your condolences. Hope to see you soon!

  2. Carol Coleman Duarte

    Dear Elaine,
    I will always cherish all my time spent with Uncle Glen, you, mom (Lilly) and all the relatives! I especially loved Uncle Glen’s humor and smile! He will be sweetly missed!
    May you be blessed with precious memories! I pray The Lord will fill you with His indescribable peace!
    I love you,
    Carol Coleman Duarte
    (Brian and kids)

    • Elaine Gran

      Thank you for your expression of sympathy. Glen loved his family! We will never forget our good times with you in the “Little Miami Restaurant” in Freeburg, Mn. You haven’t picked any frogs lately in your car grill ?

  3. Alfred C Heiden

    Heartfelt Condolences to a Great Friend & Fellow Inspector from the Al Heiden Family

    • Elaine Gran

      Thank you so much for you condolences. You are a special friend! He sure had a lot of special memories of your travels together!

  4. Alfred C Heiden 3740 County 25, La Crescent MN 55947

    Heartfelt Condolences to a Great Friend & fellow Inspector from the Al Heiden Family

  5. Carol Buchholz

    Elaine, I just saw Glen’s obituary. I am so sorry for your loss! May God comfort you!

    • Elaine Gran

      Thank you for your condolences. He enjoyed the people in Ontario. He enjoyed deer hunting with Earl and Kenny in the woods in Oil City!

  6. Jim Brower

    So sorry for the passing of Glen. Will always be missed!

    • Elaine Gran

      Thank you for you for condolences, Jim! He enjoyed working with you at Trane Company! I am sure you shared many memories!

  7. Therese Boisvert

    Elaine I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Elaine Gran

      Thank you for your condolences, thoughts ,and prayers. Always comforting to hear from you.

  8. Bob Lepsch

    I am sure Glen will be keeping an eye on all of us so we make sure we make the right moves in exercize class we will all miss him.

    boB Lepsch

    • Elaine Gran

      Glen enjoyed the exercise class! One of his favorite pastimes was harassing you!

  9. Gene and Reta Gunderson

    We are so sorry for your loss Elaine. When you love lots, grief follows. But, may you be comforted by wonderful memories of how blessed you were as a couple joined together by God’s love.

  10. Elaine Gran

    Thank you ,Reta and Gene,. for your kind thoughts. I am blessed to have thoughtful friends like you and Gene. Glen will now be resting eternally beside Curt. I am comforted by that thought. Take care! Love Elaine

  11. Doris Doherty

    Elaine, so sorry to hear of Glens death. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Mary Mundt Reckase


    Dan and I had been gone from exercise for over three weeks so just today found out that Glenn died. How sad to hear this. We are so very sorry. I will miss Glenn (with the two N’s) and listening to his frequent quips and funny responses to the daily question.

    We are both so sorry for your loss.

    Mary and Dan Reckase

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