Glen Odin Kitsch, was born on Oct. 14, 1930, in Devils Lake, North Dakota to Albert and Minnie (Peterson) Kitsch. He passed away quietly in his sleep on Jan. 12, 2018 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Lacey, Washington.
Glen Odin Kitsch, was born on Oct. 14, 1930, in Devils Lake, North Dakota to Albert and Minnie (Peterson) Kitsch. He passed away quietly in his sleep on Jan. 12, 2018 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Lacey, Washington. Glen lived his childhood days on a rural farm near Garske, ND, surrounded by a loving family, many cousin’s, close family friends and farm hands. His early school years (1st through 8th grade) consisted of going to school in a one room school house on his Dad’s land. After lunch every day the kids would ride their horses to his folk’s place for water and feed. Albert retired from farming after Dad completed 8th grade, they then moved into town and Dad completed High School in Devils Lake. Upon completion of High School, he went to work taking tickets at the Lake movie theater where he would meet the future Mrs. Kitsch. In 1951, Glen, following in the footsteps of his Great Uncle William Peterson, enlisted into the Marine Corp to serve in the Korean Conflict. During the conflict he served in the VMF 323 working on Corsairs loading and distributing munitions for close air support. At the end of his tour dad departed the Marine Corp as a Sargent with an Honorable Discharge. Returning from Korea he proposed to the love of his life and future wife, Donna Lou Lund. They were married in Scappoose, Oregon and spent a wonderful, loving and passionate 61 1/2 years together. In their early years Glen worked for the Post Office and then Continental Can Company. In 1959, he was asked to and did move to Olympia to build the new Continental Can plant that has now become Crown Cork and Seal. He spent 42 years working for both companies and has lived on Johnson Point for 58 years. After retirement Dad and Mom went on to their second career as Tour Hosts for Discovery Tours. There, they had a magnificent second career traveling all over North America providing the best in travel experiences. To round out his life and commitment to the benefit of many he was a member and Park President of the I.O.O.F. for many years. Glen was known for many outstanding family qualities as a Husband, Father, Uncle, Great Uncle, Grand Father and Great-Grandfather. He was a true friend and supporter to so many, including neighbors, friends and many members of his family. A kind, loving and gentle soul he was, a foul word was never heard from his mouth. Lastly, Glen’s greatest personal pleasure in life was his fishing, hunting and conservation in North Dakota, Minnesota, Washington, British Columbia and Yukon. Fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye, Salmon and Rainbow Trout was some of his favorite sport fishing targets along with the harvesting of numerous different large game animals. He was especially pleased with his last big game hunt, a magnificent Woodland Bison. Glen is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, Albert and Minnie (Peterson) Kitsch; his brother, Virgil; and his wife, Helen; also by his nephew, Daniel Kitsch. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 1/2 years, Donna Lou; his sons, David and Gary; David’s wife, Elisabeth (Teberg); granddaughters, Carli and Averi Kitsch; Gary’s wife, Mary Sue (Markham); granddaughter, Ashley and Sam (Alexander); great-grandson, Logan; grandson, Cody; niece, Sharon Samulenok; nephew, Robert and many great-grand nephews and nieces. All being the love of his life. There will be a Celebration of Life at the I.O.O.F Park on Walnut Rd. NE on Johnson Point on Jan. 27 starting at 1 p.m., everyone is welcome to come join the family to celebrate Glen’s life.