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Friday, August 4, 2023
Glen Lee Uithoven, age 60, peacefully passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023 after a short hospitalization at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Glen was born August 8, 1962, the son of Marcus Jr and Viola (VanRoekel) Uithoven in Luverne, Minnesota. While Glen was still an infant, he was diagnosed with microcephaly, possibly the result of a severe case of rubella. While the condition prevented developmental milestones, it did not prevent Glen from having a positive impact on his family and all who interacted with him. Glen always seemed to have a positive nature and enjoyed life, usually with a mischievous grin on his face indicating that he knew something that you didn't. In 1973, in an effort to better manage Glen's condition, he became a ward of the state and was placed in care facilities at Sauk Centre and Willmar, Minnesota before moving to a group home in Worthington, Minnesota in 1986. He spent the remainder of his life in Worthington which allowed easy access for his family and church friends to visit. Glen enjoyed visits, especially a drive through the countryside and if possible, a stop for an ice cream cone. While in Worthington, Glen was active at the Nobles County Developmental Center. When at home, and not eating, Glen enjoyed watching television, finding humor in his own special thoughts.
Glen enjoyed his 24 years working at the Nobles County DAC in Worthington. He was known there for reminding staff of his presence by displaying his ever so loving "jazzy" side. When Glen loved you, he would let you know by his "signature" body language and giggle. Glen was full of life, even at work. He looked forward to his days at the DAC as he greeted everyone off the bus with a smile. He worked hard but enjoyed his leisure time socializing with staff as they tried getting their work done. Glen's DAC family will cherish the memories they shared with him. He will be greatly missed by all who worked with him.
Glen is lovingly survived by four siblings, Gary Uithoven of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Greg (Marilyn) Uithoven of Magnolia, Minnesota, Leanne (Jim) Zarling of Fairmont, Minnesota, and Lisa Uithoven of Omaha, Nebraska; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his extended family and caring staff of adult residential homes and Noble’s County D.A.C. staff. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Marcia Uithoven; niece, Amanda Uithoven; and nephew, Shawn Uithoven.
Memorials preferred to Nobles DAC.