Obituary: Mollenkopf, Glenn Jay
Glenn Jay Mollenkopf, 79, passed away on August 20, 2012 at home of natural causes. He was born on October 5, 1932 in Clarinda, Iowa. He was the second of five children born to Clarence and Wilma Mollenkopf. He is survived by his oldest son Donald James Benefiel and daughter-in-law Barbara of Spokane, WA and his youngest son Richard Lee Benefiel of Bismarck, ND. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Vicki Mollenkopf of Old Town, Idaho, his sister Ruth Tally of Clarinda, Iowa, 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and his precious pet Nickalina.
Glenn married Shirley Nelson in Canoga Park, CA on February 19, 1972 where they resided before they moved back to Spokane in 1977. “Jay” has joined his wife Shirley who passed away September 20, 2011 and his daughter Debra Lynn Benefiel who passed away in 2010. Glenn attended New Market High School in Clarinda, Iowa where he played football. He grew up on a farm where he learned many skills and worked with all kinds of farm animals. He loved gardening and he received many compliments on his beautiful yard. Glenn also loved outdoor sports especially salmon fishing in Alaska. But his favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family especially Shirley.
Glenn served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. He told his family many stories about his adventures all over the world while in the Navy. Glenn was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was kind to everyone and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Glenn and Shirley were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A graveside service will be held in Newport at a later date.