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Reverend Glen Hugh Lochhead

Reverend Glen Hugh Lochhead

     Reverend Glen Hugh Lochhead, 81, of Kirksville, passed away at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO on March 9, 2008.

     Glen was born January 27, 1927, in Lee County, IA near Keokuk, the son of Hugh Alexander and Lucile Grace Kennedy Lochhead. He attended three years of high school in Keokuk and one year at Argyle, IA where he graduated in May, 1945.

     Glen served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947, mostly at the Airborne School in Ft. Benning, GA. After his military service, he enrolled at Iowa Weslyan College in Mt. Pleasant, IA and graduated in June of 1950. In 1949, while in college, he answered his Lord’s call and did student preaching in rural Methodist churches in southern Iowa. His first full-time charge was in Birmingham, IA from 1951-1956 where he also served the Kilbourne and Pittsburgh Methodist churches in Van Buren County.

     Glen was united in marriage to Mary Frances Easterday of Memphis, MO on August 12, 1953, at Mt. Pleasant, IA. Their union of nearly 30 years was blessed by five children.

     In June 1955, Glen graduated from seminary at Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, IL, and was ordained into full ministerial membership in the Methodist Church in April 1956. Later that year, he and his family moved to Mystic, IA and for five years worked in that Appanoose County parish which also included Fairview, Iconium, Brazil, Plano, Numa, Jerome, and Cincinatti.

     In 1961, Glen and his family relocated again, this time to New Bloomfield in Callaway County, MO where he served New Bloomfield and the adjacent congregations of Wainwright and Cedar City and was also involved in volunteer prison chaplaincy at Jefferson City. He transferred to the Galt Circuit in Grundy County, MO in 1964 where he also worked in the rural churches of Fairview, Grundy Center, and Hatton Chapel. From 1966-1977, Glen was pastor at the Unionville Methodist Church in Putnam County, MO also shepherding Lucerne, Lemons, and Wesley Chapel and assisting in the reopening of the Livonia church. He and Mary were involved in many community enterprises in Putnam County, including the early years of the Putnam County Ambulance Service.

     Glen assumed the senior pastorate of the DeKalb County United Methodist Parish in northwest Missouri in 1977 which included Amity, Bethel, Fairport, Weatherby, and Winston. In addition, he supervised the work of student associates from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. He was assigned to Brunswick, MO in 1981 and pastored the Brunswick, DeWitt, Prairie Chapel, and Triplett churches.

     After his wife, Mary, passed away in 1983, Glen returned to northeast Missouri and served the Lancaster, Glenwood and New Hope Methodist Churches. In 1985, he was apppointed to the Brashear, MO Circuit where he served Brashear, Bullion, Hurdland, and Sabbath Home.

     On May 25, 1986, Glen was united in marriage to Twila M. Schleeter Miller of Arbela, MO at the Brashear United Methodist Church. Glen was blessed by the addition to his extended family of Twila’s nine children from her previous marriage to the late Waltman J. Miller of Scotland County, MO. Glen and Twila moved to Missouri’s bootheel in 1988 where they served churches in Campbell and Holcomb, followed by two years back in northeast Missouri at Paris and Madison in Monroe County.

     In 1992, Glen retired from the ministry and he and Twila established a home in Kirksville. In January, 1993, he returned to active ministry, assisting as interim pastor of Lancaster United Methodist Church and serving with the Barker congregation in Scotland County, MO for nearly eight years. Recently, Glen pastored part-time at the East Center and the Yarrow churches near Kirksville.

     Glen received a Master of Theology in Church and Community from the Missouri School of Religion in Columbia, MO and took further studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO and at Truman State University in Kirksville.

     Glen volunteered his time to various boards and committees in the Missouri and Iowa Methodist conferences. He was also dedicated to higher education and campus ministries including a special interest in the Wesley House Campus Ministries at Truman State University and mentoring students who were planning to enter the ministry. Glen was a dedicated participant of the United Methodist Rural Fellowship. Glen was proud of his military service and was an active member of the American Legion, serving as both Commander of Post 20 in Kirksville and Chaplain of the NE MO District. He regularly attended Rotary and Lions clubs throughout the years. He also served on numerous community groups in both Iowa and Missouri during his lifetime. Glen had a life-long interest in Bible study and church history. He also enjoyed photography, reading about the history of the American West, and anything pertaining to railroads.

     Glen is survived by his wife, Twila; two sons, Mark J. Lochhead and wife Beverly of Knoxville, TN and David J. Lochhead and wife Joyce of St. Joseph, MO; three daughters, Joyce A. McCormack and husband Larry of Unionville, MO, Judi L. Tipton and husband Eddy of Lucerne, MO and Jan L. Altiser and husband Marty of Newtown, MO; nine step children, Ronald W. Miller and wife Robin of Arbela, MO, Joseph J. Miller and wife Kathy of Arbela, MO, Warren J. Miller and wife Patricia of Arbela, MO, John W. Miller and wife Laura of Indianola, IA, Reverend Walter F. Miller and wife Valerie of Lafayette, IL, Merrie I. Miller and husband Dr. Dwayne J. Helton of House Springs, MO, Dr. Celeste M. Miller-Parish of Arbela, MO, Melody C. Hilsenbeck and husband Shane of Joplin, MO and Karen L. Estep and husband James of Lincoln, IL; grandchildren, Mathew Tipton, Nathaniel McCormack, Jocelyn Knaebel, Clint Tipton, Tyson Rhoads, Jordan Altiser and Jennifer Lochhead; great grandchild, Jazmyne Rhoads daughter of Tyson Rhoads and Kassie Nickell; 22 step grandchildren, Renee Dunn, Rhonda Houf, David Miller, Becky Miller, Archer Miller-Helton, Aden Miller-Helton, Martha Parish, Ashley Miller-Helton, Wyatt Miller, Katie Leann Miller, Mitchell Williams, Caleb Hilsenbeck, Hannah Hilsenbeck, Budd Estep, Dovie Estep, Dylan Estep, Andreas Miller, Annaliesa Miller, Angelika Miller, Rachael Miller and Allison Miller; and two step-great grandchildren, Kadin Houf and Quentin Miller.

     A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday (March 14, 2008) at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jim Robinson officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, MO.

     Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday (March 13, 2008) at the

Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home

2100 E. Shepherd Ave.

Kirksville, MO 63501      660-665-3744

     Memorials can be made to the Unionville Cemetery or the American Diabetes Association. Memorials can be sent to or left at the funeral home.