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Dr. Robert M. Drennen, longtime Le Mars dentist, dies at 78

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dr. Robert M. Drennen, 78, of Le Mars, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

Robert Martin Drennen was born March 21, 1929 in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Homer Kirk and Florence Julia (King) Drennen. Bob was raised in Ruthven, where he attended grade school and the first three years of high school. He spent his senior year at Spencer High School, graduating in 1947. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled in Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and attended one year of classes before moving to California to stay with his brother King and sister-in-law Evelyn. He lived with them for six months and worked in an aircraft factory.

In 1948 Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and completed his basic training in San Diego, Calif. He trained as a corpsman and served in that capacity for about two years at the San Diego Naval Hospital. He was then assigned to the hospital ship Haven, anchored in the Inchon and Puson Harbors in Korea. Two years later he earned his honorable discharge in 1952.

Shortly after returning to Ruthven, Bob enrolled in the University of Iowa and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1958. Following graduation, Bob established his dental practice in Le Mars. He married Glenda Kuper Gross at the United Methodist Church in Le Mars on Dec. 5, 1980. In 1998 he retired from dentistry after 40 years of practice.

Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars and had served on numerous committees. He served as president of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, Le Mars Lions Club, and was a member of the library board for 29 years. He helped start the Plymouth County Historical Museum and served as a board member. Bob was also a past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Giblem Lodge #323.

Bob enjoyed many hobbies that included motorcycle riding, sailing, snow skiing, singing with the Barbershoppers Chorus as well as the church choir and a local quartet for many years, and studying genealogy with Glenda.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Glenda of Le Mars; two sons, Mark Emerson Drennen Sr. and his wife Debra Jean of Ocoee, Fla., and Robert Pierce Drennen and his wife Angelina of Knoxville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Catherine Drennen Areu, Amanda Drennen, Mark Emerson Drennen Jr., Christina Marie Drennen, Colleen Marie Drennen, and Robert Edward Drennen; a great-granddaughter Angelee Areu; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Henrikson of Warrenton, Va.; and a brother-in-law, Robert Johnson of Knoxville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Geraldine Drennen; and a brother Homer King Drennen.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars, with the Rev. Jason Larson officiating. Military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Burial will follow at a later date at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic service to be held at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Friday.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

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