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Ralph D. Glenn

October 15, 1929 April 6, 2018
Ralph D. Glenn
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Ralph D. Glenn, 88, of Mattoon, passed away on April 6, 2018 at the Harmony Center in Mattoon.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, April 13 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon with Pastor Matthew Froeschle officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery.
Ralph was born in Lexington, Illinois on October 15, 1929 to Robert and Thelma (Derry) Glenn. He lived and attended school in Lexington through the 8th grade, when the family moved to Yorkville, Illinois. Ralph graduated from Yorkville High School in 1947.
Ralph attended college and played football and baseball at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1947 to 1949, before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, where in 1953 he earned Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees in Law. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1953.
After finishing law school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served with distinction from 1953 to 1955. He completed his initial training at Ft. Riley, Kansas and then served the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps at Ft. Holabird in Maryland as an intelligence officer and investigator. While serving his country, Ralph was recognized as an Outstanding Trainee at Ft. Riley and received a commendation for exemplary service from the Counter Intelligence Corps.
It was while he was studying law at the University of Illinois that Ralph met the love of his life, Shirley Rudman, the sister of his college roommate. Ralph and Shirley were married on September 10, 1955 and together they raised four children, James, Michael and twins Cheryl and Sharon. During their 50-year marriage they enjoyed ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In 1955, Ralph and Shirley moved to Mattoon, and Ralph joined the law firm of Craig & Craig. He became an assistant state’s attorney in 1958, and in 1960 was elected State’s Attorney of Coles County, a position he held until 1968. Shortly after taking office, Ralph published “Illinois Misdemeanor Forms,” a book widely used at that time by area prosecutors. One year into his first term, he was named Young Man of the Year by the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. During the eight years he served as State’s Attorney, he prosecuted several high profile murder and felony cases. In 1966, while in his second term, he joined with local attorney Thomas Logue and together they opened the Glenn & Logue Law Firm. In 1968 he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as President of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association. Ralph continued practicing law until the end of 2014, when he retired after a 59-year career. During his career he argued cases at the Circuit, Appellate and Supreme Court levels, as well as before the U.S. District and U.S. Tax Courts.
An active volunteer for his entire adult life, Ralph coached local youth baseball teams and served as the Commissioner for Mattoon’s Jaycee Baseball League for 20 years. In recognition of his service to the youth baseball program, he received the Pop Warner Award, and in 1967 the baseball field at Vanlaningham Park was named Ralph Glenn Field. He was also a member of the Central Community Church, the First Presbyterian Church and the Mattoon Jaycees, Association of Commerce, American Legion and Moose Club.
Ralph also served on the E-7 Hospital Association Board from 1970-1979. This board of directors oversaw the development, organization, administration and opening of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, which occurred in 1977. He was the last surviving member of the original board.
Ralph was also a member of the Mattoon Golf & Country Club for many years and enjoyed playing golf with his wife and in men’s leagues. On two occasions, he shot holes in one on the club course.
Ralph was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, and he often told the story of how he and a group of ten friends traveled in one car, slept overnight on the sidewalk outside of Wrigley Field and then paid $1 each for bleacher seats to attend game 7 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Seventy-one years later, he was watching with his family from his home in Mattoon as his beloved Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
Ralph is survived by four devoted children, James (Laura) Glenn of Mattoon, Michael (Bridgit) Glenn of Hanover Park, Cheryl (Douglas) Meyer of Lake in the Hills, and Sharon Brown of Mattoon; and ten precious grandchildren, Kyle Glenn of Soldiers Grove, WI, Lindsey Glenn of Austin, TX and Michelle (Luke) Wilson of Mattoon; Miranda (Jeremy) Sullivan of Charlotte, NC, Kevin and Andi Glenn of Hanover Park; Andrew Meyer of Chicago, Todd Meyer of Crystal Lake and Christina Meyer of Iowa City, IA; and Nicholas Doty of Mattoon; and one adorable great-grandchild, Maddie Sullivan of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by one sister, Lois Murray of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Thelma Glenn, his wife Shirley Glenn, his brothers Robert and Howard Glenn, his sisters Dorothy Felker and Mary Quinton, and sons-in-law Bruce Scott Doty and Clifford Brown, both of Mattoon.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff of professional caregivers from Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home Harmony Center, Lincolnland Hospice, and Lincolnland Homemakers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ralph’s name to the American Alzheimer’s Association ( Online condolences may be expressed at or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

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4:00 PM 4/13/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/13/2018 7:00:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Schilling Funeral Home
1301 Charleston Avenue Mattoon 61938 IL
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 4/14/2018 10:30:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

10 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

First Presbyterian Church
10 Charleston Avenue Mattoon 61938 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Dodge Grove Cemetery Final Resting Place

917 N. 22nd St.
Mattoon, IL 61938

917 N. 22nd St. Mattoon 61938 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Alzheimer's Association


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