Glenn Ralph Tuttle, 91, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on July 23, 2023 in Abilene, Texas.
Visitation will be at 5:00-7:00pm, Friday, July 28 at Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, July 29, 2023, at Hillcrest Church of Christ with Terry Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Services are under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.
Glenn was born in Ulysses, Kansas to Ralph and Faye Tuttle on September 20, 1931. He was the youngest of three siblings and adored his parents and sisters. He learned a good work ethic from the family farm, and how to be a leader in the local church from his childhood.
He graduated from Grant County Rural High School in 1948 and Abilene Christian College in 1952. He married Ruth Morene Johnson on April 11, 1952 in Dallas, Texas. He joined the Farming and Cattle business immediately after graduation, and was partner with his father and brother-in-law, Virgil Mawhirter, managing a large farming, ranching and feedlot operation until his retirement in 1996.
Glenn was also very involved in the Ulysses community. He served on the School Board 8 years and was president 2 years. He served on the Agricultural Commission 10 years and was chairman 2 years, the Fair Board for 4 years and was president for 1 year, the Pioneer Electric Board for 12 years and was vice-chairman 2 years, and a member of Rotary Club for 25 years and president 2 years. He coached Little League and corralled and wrangled a number of testy 4-H calves. He also was named Abilene Christian College Aggie of the Year in 1972.
His love for anything sports is legendary, and his competitive nature was a huge part of his character and approach to life. He always sought to win. At the end of any round his golfing partners, whether family or friends, would always know who won and lost and his mood would often be greatly shaped by the success or lack thereof, of the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas Jayhawks.
But much more importantly to any of this was his involvement in the church. He served as Bible class teacher, song leader, mentor in the Ulysses Church of Christ, and for 24 years served as an elder. He also served, taught and preached, helping to plant congregations in several area towns.
After retirement from farming, retiring from serving in the church was the furthest thing from his mind. He and Morene became members of the Hillcrest Church of Christ, where both immediately became involved. Glenn served as an elder, Bible class teacher and mentor for many.
Woven throughout all this activity and involvement was a reputation for strength of character, integrity, high moral standards, compassion for the hurting and downcast, and a deep love for his family. The marriage of Glenn to Morene and their 71 years together is one of the greatest love stories ever, and a shining light to countless people.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents Ralph W. and Faye Tuttle, and sisters, Lila Fern Bessire and Clarice Merle Mawhirter.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Morene of 71 years, Monty Tuttle and his wife Tamaria of Abilene, Les Tuttle and his wife Terri of Rowlett, Texas, Linda Varner and her husband Gary of Abilene, Jim Tuttle and his wife Judy of Midland, Texas, grandchildren Jenilee Ladd and her husband Andy of Dallas, Jordan Tuttle and his wife Fallon of Dallas, David Tuttle of Abilene, Greg Varner and his wife Bria of Abilene, Meredith Varner of Abilene, Kristin Rampton and her husband Ryan of Midland, Carson Tuttle and his wife Natalie of Iowa City, Iowa, Shay Tuttle and his wife Deanna Tuttle of Chicago, and Katie Tuttle of Chicago, step-grandchildren, Courtney Rivadeneira and her husband Andy of Austin, Blake Timmons and his wife Brittany of Sachse, Texas and Spencer Timmons of Rowlett, 14 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends who became family.
Pallbearers will be Jordan Tuttle, Carson Tuttle, Greg Varner, Ryan Rampton, Andy Ladd, Bradley Evans, and honorary pall bearers David Tuttle and Shay Tuttle.
Memorials may be given to the Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E Ambler Avenue, Abilene, TX 79601 and Eastern European Mission, PO Box 55245, Hurst, TX 76054
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Home Instead, the staff at University Place, Hendrick Hospital and Hendrick Hospice.