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Glenn J. Cobian, 84

Glenn Joseph Cobian, age 84, died at the Gathering Hospice Center at Lakeview Homecare & Hospice in Stillwater, Minn., on Aug. 14 from congestive heart failure.

He was born to Joseph and Rose (Nachazel) Cobian in River Falls, Wis., on Dec. 1, 1928. He married Constance Froelke on June 13, 1964, in Rush City, Minn., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He owned and operated a number of farm-related businesses for over 60 years on his farms in Cherma, southeast of River Falls.

He was a faithful member of St. Martin's Catholic Church (Cherma) and later of St. Mary's Catholic Church (Big River). He lived a rich, full life and loved his family and friends, his profession, and his independence. A paragon of self-reliance, he believed in himself, his instincts and his abilities, in working hard and in having fun. His hard work, his good nature, and his natural abilities allowed him to live the life he wanted, on his own terms, while inspiring and helping many others along the way.

Competitive by nature, he enjoyed and excelled at many activities, including riding horses, dancing, roller skating, playing softball, bowling, shooting pool, hunting, fishing, and target shooting. He loved playing cards, his weekly poker games, lunchtime Euchre games, and in particular, casino Black Jack. He also enjoyed traveling and the beauty of nature, especially the mountains and the wildlife of the West.

After graduating from River Falls High School in 1946, he continued milking cows on the family farm while starting his own trucking business at age 17, hauling and also buying and selling everything from scrap iron to horses. He eventually started buying and selling Holstein dairy heifers, buying locally and then selling the heifers throughout the United States as well as exporting them to Mexico, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. While growing his cattle business, he was always on the lookout for the next good deal, buying and selling many things over the years, including farms, farm equipment, aluminum livestock trailers, ATVs, and farm seeds. He also leased out dairy cows to several area farmers to help them get started farming. Although his business ventures were manifold, his main interest would always be the dairy heifer business.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Connie; children William (Amy Roering) of Plymouth, Minn., Richard (Jennifer), Edward (Sarah), and Nora (Brent O'Hara), all of River Falls, Wis.; six grandchildren, Hunter, Nicholas, Sophia, Hallie, Blake and Paige (O'Hara); his sisters-in-law, Maureen Connor, Sheila Carlson and Mary Connor, and brother-in-law James Connor; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Anthony John and granddaughter Jordan Cobian; his three sisters and their spouses, Marcella (Charles) Huppert, Charlotte (Calvin) Hendrix, and Elizabeth (Melvin) Langer; and his brothers-in-law Clifford Carlson and William Connor.

Visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Big River, W10137 570th Ave., River Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's with visitation 1 hour before the Mass. Interment will be in St. Martin's (Cherma) Cemetery in River Falls following the lunch at St. Mary's.

Arrangements are with Cashman-Hill Funeral Home of River Falls. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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