AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA, MN
Glen V. Johnstone of Mora, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at his home. He was 90 years old.
MEMORIAL MASS will be held at 11:00 am., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with celebrant Fr. Thomas Grafsgaard.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, April 22, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
PRAYER SERVICE will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday following visitation.
INURNMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.
Memorials are preferred to Mora Dollars for Scholars (400 Maple Avenue East, Mora, MN 55051), or the American Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, JDRF (26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004).
Glen Johnstone, of Mora, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.
Glen was born on October 22, 1928 on a farm in Haybrook Township north of Mora. His parents were Gilbert and Ida Johnstone. The family moved to Mora after the death of his father. Glen graduated from Mora High School in 1947 and opened a small service station in town. He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Korea for a year in 1951-52. He returned to Mora where he and Jean were married on December 27, 1952 at St. Mary’s Church. His business, Glens’ Tire, began in earnest at this time. Glen remained at the helm of the business until his retirement in 1990.
Glen and Jean enjoyed 66 years of marriage and were blessed with eleven children, Kathryn Grafsgaard (Dave Olson), Washburn WI; Margie Johnstone, Mora MN (friend Bob Hooper); Mary Miller (deceased); Dan Johnstone, Elk River MN; David Johnstone (Pam), Mora; Barbara Johnstone (deceased ); Teresa Johnstone, Dolores, CO (friend Jason Petruska); Angela Nistler (Paul), Bemidji MN; Mark Johnstone (Stacy), North Branch MN; Anne Marie Johnstone (Jim Koepsel), Idaho Springs CO; and Eric Johnstone (Laurie), Idaho Springs CO.
Glen was preceded in death by his daughters, Barbara Johnstone and Mary Miller, his parents, brother LaVerne, and two infant brothers Delbert and Wallace.
Glen was an engaged, loving family man. He and Jean would load all of the children into their large vehicle for weekend trips to the lake cabin near Brainard, MN, summer road trip vacations out west, ski trips and much more. Glen worked hard all of his life to provide for his family, setting an example for his children of the value of hard work and responsibility.
Glen and Jean were lifelong members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Glen was active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s, the Mora History Center, the Mora Conservation Club, and the JayCee’s. He served on the Mora School Board in the 1970’s, and was dedicated to education.
An athlete and avid outdoorsman, Glen was instrumental in establishing the Vasaloppet USA ski race in Mora in the early 1970’s. This event continues to inspire community spirit and the advancement of Nordic skiing in the state and region. He served as President of the Vasaloppet Board from 1975-88. Glen received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the MN Nordic Ski Association in 2006. He was inducted to the Mora Mustang Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of his contributions as a student athlete. Glen completed the Worldloppet cross country ski marathon; a series of 10 races, with the last event – the Gatineau Loppet in Ontario, Canada. He was a skilled and adventuresome alpine skier as well, teaching most of his children the sport.
The land where Glen was born was very important to him and later to Jean and the rest of the family. A deer “shack” was built in the 1960’s, and the family had many adventures “up north” in the woods and on the trails. He enjoyed planting and then later harvesting Christmas trees. Glen was an avid hunter, and also enjoyed hunting trips out west with his sons and friends. He had an opportunity to crew on a cross-Atlantic sailboat voyage in 1992.
Glen, Jean and the family later enjoyed many happy years at their home in Hovland, MN on the shore of Lake Superior. He and Jean were dedicated volunteers on the Border Route Trail between the US and Canada, the Lake Superior Hiking Trail, and all of the trail-making near Mora.
A voracious reader, Glen had many interests and shared his knowledge and ideas on many topics, history in particular. His books were very important to him. Glen was a lifelong learner, he had a strong interest in world events, travel and art and remained conversant on many topics until the end of his life. His wood carvings, drawings and paintings will be treasured by his family for years to come. A quiet and humble man, Glen was always ready with a listening ear, insights and assistance if needed. When asked about his favorite memories, he responded most frequently “pulling the kids around the lake (on waterskis)” at the cabin, which he did for endless hours on his limited weekend time off.
Glen is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Johnson and Irene Dehkes; brothers, Dick Johnstone and Larry (Luda) Johnstone; and many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends
Those who desire may make donations in Glen’s memory to either Mora Dollars for Scholars at 400 Maple Avenue East, Mora, MN 55051, or the American Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, JDRF 26 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10004.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the caregivers and volunteers with St. Croix Hospice for the extraordinary care and support that Glen received the past several months.