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George Glen Abels

May 19, 1919 January 15, 2016
George Glen Abels
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Obituary for George Glen Abels

Worthington, MN


      George Glen Abels, age 96, was born on May 19, 1919, east of George, IA, the son of George and Carrie Abels. He grew up on the family farm, attending public school at Dale Independent #2 and graduated from there at the age of 14. After the loss of both parents, he began his farming career assisting his brother and doing custom combining work in the area. Three years later, he started farming for himself.

      On December 16, 1944, George was united in marriage to Helen Schneiderman of George, IA. The couple celebrated 64 years of marriage before Helen passed away in 2009. The couple farmed near the communities of Adrian, Bigelow, Rushmore and Magnolia. In 1969, they moved to Worthington, MN. George was employed with Consolidated Mobile Homes for 12 years and worked there till he had to quit because of health issues. George had a desire to serve the Lord in his community any way he could. He rang the bell for the Salvation Army many years, delivered Meals on Wheels for 21 years, and volunteered at the Bible League doing anything that needed to be done. George’s big heart poured over into his relationships with family and friends. He loved working on projects like wood working, making peanut brittle, and anything else he had up his sleeve. He also enjoyed traveling and visited many different states and going through the capitols of each one. George died on Friday, January 15, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

      George is survived by his two sons, Gaylen (Cheryl) Abels of Sioux Falls, SD and Byron Abels of San Francisco, CA; five grandsons, Nathan, David, Aaron, Nicholas, and Jaarik; one granddaughter, Brianne; eight great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Makaylee, Trinity, Jordan, Jacob, Zander, Sydney, and Max; five sisters-in-law, Gladys Schneiderman of George, IA, Verna Schneiderman, of Little Rock, IA, Ferne Schneiderman of Worthington, MN, Janice Schneiderman of Little Rock, IA and Maria Schneiderman of Marion, IA; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Judy) Schneiderman of Marion, IA and Aaron Rust of Worthington, MN, as well as many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, George and Carrie; two brothers, John and Harm, and one sister, Hattie.

      Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the Lakeside Church in Worthington, MN. Casket bearers will be Wendy Huls, Bradley Schneiderman, Eldon Schneiderman, Douglas Wolters, Robert Hibma, and Jeff Ripley. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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