Glen Cadwell Obituary

Glen L. Cadwell
Glen L. Cadwell

August 9, 2021 - August 9, 2021
Born in Iowa
Resided in Dallas Center, IA
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Glen LaVerne Cadwell, age 95, passed away August 9, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. He was just 12 days shy of his 96th birthday. Glen was born August 21, 1925, to Charles J and Viola (Buterbaugh) Cadwell in Dallas Center, IA, the third of six children.

Glen grew up on the family farm in rural Dallas Center. He attended country school through the 8th grade and then graduated from Waukee High School in 1943. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served until Nov .1945 where he completed flight training and was awarded his Naval Aviator wings. Glen maintained his interest in flight through-out the rest of his life. It was a special day many years later when he got to fly again at the Des Moines airport, as a birthday gift from Beverly. Despite the many years since he had last flown, he was able to successfully land the plane under the instructor’s guidance.

Glen attended Iowa State University briefly before he was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Jamison on Aug. 27, 1949. They farmed near Dallas Center for many years and raised a family before moving to Panora, IA where they resided at Lake Panaroma for 18 years. They moved again to Ft Myers, FL where they lived until Beverly’s passing in 2015. Glen spent his final years in Chula Vista, CA and at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center.

Glen was a bit of a Renaissance man with wide interests. He was particularly well read and also enjoyed watching TV, especially shows about nature, science and space topics as well as baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs. While living in Dallas Center, he was active in the Waukee Christian Church where he served as treasurer for several years. Other hobbies included playing cards with friends and family, listening to classical music and working crossword puzzles. He could identify many birds by their song. He was a man of few words, and when asked how he was doing, would inevitably respond, “Fair to Midlin”.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly, and three sisters; Berniece Whitacre, June Smiley and Phyllis Aldrich.

He is survived by his children, Bradley (Kathryn)Cadwell of Chula Vista CA, Bruce Cadwell of Johnston, IA, Linda (Larry) Thygesen of Hubbard, IA, Lori Cadwell of Ft Myers, FL. Two brothers, Charles Robert (Bob) Cadwell of Adel, IA and Lester Cadwell, of West Des Moines, IA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Erin Cadwell, Charles Jacob (Allison) Cadwell, Chris and Jamie Thygesen, and great grandchildren, Abigail, Mason and Madeline Cadwell, along with many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for 11:00AM, Tues Nov 23, 2021 at the Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, IA. A Celebration of life will be held following the service at the Veterans Reception Center, American Legion Post 403, 910 Main St., Van Meter, IA.




Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11:00 AM