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Thank you so much for all of your love, prayers, and support during this time. We know that Dad hated tears, and would much rather you celebrate his life. Please feel free to share any memories or pictures that you may have of Glenn.

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“I just learned today of Glenn's passing. He was my professor in physics the summer of 2006, my favorite teacher. I am very sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 89 | Posted by: Cindy Kamm - Queen Creek, AZ

“Dr. Oren, or "Oren" as other students and myself addressed him, he didn't like to be called "Dr. Oren." I had the priviledge of spending a summer...Read More »
2 of 89 | Posted by: Willy Thompson - Overland Park, KS

“Dr. Oren helped me as a student in Statistics. I wouldn't have passed that class without him. He was always available to his students, and if you...Read More »
3 of 89 | Posted by: Tiffany Place - Urbandale, IA

“Shelley, children, family of Dr. Oren: You are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to express my deep sympathy at your great loss. Dr. Oren was an...Read More »
4 of 89 | Posted by: Courtney Dahl - Winterset, IA

“To the Family of Glenn. I haven't seen Glenn since we graduated high school in...Read More »
5 of 89 | Posted by: Chris Hayes Johnson - Longmont, CO

“Shelley and family, On behalf of the Des Moines University faculty, I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of your loved husband and father. ...Read More »
6 of 89 | Posted by: Craig Canby

“My deepest condolences for your loss. Prof. Oren was a very mellow and funny man. He will be missed. ”
7 of 89 | Posted by: Sabine Brady - student

This photo was taken the same night he passed. I wish i had found out sooner. “i took an online class with Dr. Oren over the summer. I never met him in person because I live in California. He knew me as Jade. That name belongs...Read More »
8 of 89 | Posted by: Krystal Howard - Perris, CA

“Wow I am impressed with all the lives my uncle touched! I will miss him dearly. Thank you all for leaving your stories I cried reading each and...Read More »
9 of 89 | Posted by: Penny Bockman - Decorah, IA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm still at a loss for words. Luke Mortensen informed me of Glenn's passing. Farewell Glenn. Love you buddy. ”
10 of 89 | Posted by: David Black - Waukee, IA - Friend

“I only spent one semester with Dr. Oren, this past fall semester in Physics 1. From the start of the semester I knew that Dr. Oren was special. He...Read More »
11 of 89 | Posted by: Lindsay Richard - West Des Moines, IA

“To the entire Oren family-I didn't know Glenn--but after Saturday's beautiful celebration of his life feel as though I did. I wanted to be there for...Read More »
12 of 89 | Posted by: Sara (Eckheart) Morton - Boone, IA

“Glen was an amazing teacher. He was my favorite professor out of all my professors in my 7 years of college. He really believed in me and new that...Read More »
13 of 89 | Posted by: Jennifer Johnston - Ankeny, IA

“Praying for God's comfort and peace as you celebrate Glenn's life today. May you feel the warmth as you are lifted in prayer. Thinking of you! ”
14 of 89 | Posted by: Angie Sheeley-Gurwell - Ames, IA

“Dr Oren was a great teacher, and person. He always let me speak my mind and he was a great guy to go to when I had a problem and needed advice. He...Read More »
15 of 89 | Posted by: Erin Gorton - Johnston, IA

“Professor Oren was such a great guy- he was my Stats instructor a few years ago at Mercy College. He made a really hard class enjoyable and humorous....Read More »
16 of 89 | Posted by: Lisa Paulsen - Exira, IA

“Shelley, Tasha, Josh & Jacob,We were so sorry and saddened to hear about Glenn's passing. We will always remember him with a quiet smile and someone...Read More »
17 of 89 | Posted by: Randy & Pam - Libertyville, IA

“Dear Shelley and family, we were shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. We all remember Glen as a wonderful person - open, and outgoing......Read More »
18 of 89 | Posted by: Pat, Ed, and Erin Dobelis - Ogden, IA

“Glen was always such a good friend to my youngest daughter Kristen. He was at all the ball games because of his daughter playing on the team and he...Read More »
19 of 89 | Posted by: Linda Bollenbaugh Gomez - Ogden, IA

“To a friend and colleague: A scientist to the core; a well-respected educator beloved by faculty, staff and students; a husband and father; a Scout;...Read More »
20 of 89 | Posted by: Steven Langdon - Des Moines, IA

“Words cannot express the sorrow that I feel in my heart. When a loved one is taken there is an emptiness so profound in the hearts of loved ones that...Read More »
21 of 89 | Posted by: Barry Fish - Urbandale, IA

“Glenn brought such passion and fun to his students and co-workers at Mercy College. He entertain one and all with any number of stories! He also...Read More »
22 of 89 | Posted by: Susan Rhoades - Ankeny, IA

“Glenn was humbled by people who answered the call to provide health care to and for others. It was this sense of awe that inspired him to challenge...Read More »
23 of 89 | Posted by: Jim Tagye - Ankeny, IA

“I haven't seen Glenn in years but I have fond memories of him. He was a friend of my brother Dwight. Then were members of Troop 10 and went on many...Read More »
24 of 89 | Posted by: Denise Dehl-Olson - Waterloo, IA

“So sad to hear of the loss of Glenn. He was my first crush in Jr.High and many fond memeoris spent with the family at your W. Donald St.home. My...Read More »
25 of 89 | Posted by: Shelley Hansen - Cedar Falls, IA

“I am so sorry to read of Glenn's passing in the Waterloo Courier. Glenn worked for my dad, Harlan Walther at Parker Street Hy-Vee many years ago when...Read More »
26 of 89 | Posted by: Deb Walther Aries - Rochester, MN

“Dear Oren Family. We are very sorry to hear about your loss of Glen. You all will be in our thoughts over the holiday season. You all have our...Read More »
27 of 89 | Posted by: John Hayes - Waterloo, IA

“Dear Shelley, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
28 of 89 | Posted by: Tami Plein - Burlington, IA

“Dr. Oren--I can never thank you enough for your encouragement, motivation and kind words as I was planning to enter the sonography program. When I...Read More »
29 of 89 | Posted by: Heather Hyatt - Knoxville, IA

“Glenn- There are many things in this world that we don't understand and your passing is one of them. My way to accept this is that 20 students from...Read More »
30 of 89 | Posted by: Karen Norris - Des Moines, IA

“Glenn, so many people will miss you at Mercy College! Thanks for being my mentor and friend when I was at Mercy. I always enjoyed you and loved your...Read More »
31 of 89 | Posted by: Sherylea Downes - West Des Moines, IA

“Shelly, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Glenn, but have been so touched by all of heart felt condolences. He sounds like an...Read More »
32 of 89 | Posted by: Bobbette Buch - Fairfield, IA

“I remember 'Sarge' fondly. We worked together at Scout camp in the 60's and again later in an adult training course for Scouts. His father & I were...Read More »
33 of 89 | Posted by: Gary Stattler - Conrad, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Oren family. Glenn was a wonderful, caring person that gave so much back to the community. He was an...Read More »
34 of 89 | Posted by: Mark and Joanna Sims and Family - IA

“I had the privilege of working alongside Glenn for the past 5 years and got to enjoy his fun-loving nature and humorous, entertaining stories which I...Read More »
35 of 89 | Posted by: Erin Moon - Ankeny, IA

“Glenn was a great person. He always strived for diversity in the college. I remember he once came to me about how to get back to church. He shared...Read More »
36 of 89 | Posted by: Tralanda Davis - Des Moines, IA

“I have only been at Mercy College for one year. From the start it was very apparent that Glenn was a bright and welcoming mark on campus. In the...Read More »
37 of 89 | Posted by: Adrienne St.Clair - Colleague

“I always enjoyed talking with Glenn at church. When I would do fellowship and make my Amish sugar cookies, he would tell me how much he loved them...Read More »
38 of 89 | Posted by: Sue McConnell - Ogden, IA

“the mecry court cafe staff ”
39 of 89 | Posted by: mercy court cafe staff

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Oren family. Dr. Oren was an innovative professor and incredible mentor. I couldn't imagine my time at Mercy...Read More »
40 of 89 | Posted by: Julie Hinzman - Denver, CO

“The night skies shine a little brighter with Glenn's passing, but my world is a little darker right now. No one is ready to lose someone they love. ...Read More »
41 of 89 | Posted by: Pamela Murphy - Des Moines, IA

“I remember Glenn sitting near me in a high school math class (geometry I think) and brightening the class. I have not seen him since high school,...Read More »
42 of 89 | Posted by: Janiece (Pollard) Thein - IA

“"Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the...Read More »
43 of 89 | Posted by: Elizabeth Crncevic - Urbandale, IA

“Dr. Oren was an amazing professor that could always seem to put a smile on any student's face. His laughter and outgoing personality filled the room...Read More »
44 of 89 | Posted by: Paige Vanderhoff - Ankeny, IA

“Completely in shock. Dr. Oren was one of the best professors I have ever had and I wouldn't be were I am today without his guidance and believing in...Read More »
45 of 89 | Posted by: Bryan Stocker - Des Moines, IA

“Prayers are going out you your family. Your dad was a great guy Natasha and i enjoyed seeing him come to different events as a child growing up. Your...Read More »
46 of 89 | Posted by: Dani shaw - NE

“Glenn was such a great instructor and an extremely kind person. He truly cared about his students, and he touched many lives, including mine. He was...Read More »
47 of 89 | Posted by: Michelle Mosier - Davenport, IA

“I was in Boy Scouts together with Glen and also graduated with him from East High. My wife and I were also good friends with His mother Norma as we...Read More »
48 of 89 | Posted by: Thomas & Karen Schmidt - Waterloo, IA

“Dr. Oren was more than just my professor, the man was my hero. He told me I was smart and could do anything, but more importantly, he made me ...Read More »
49 of 89 | Posted by: Lisa Belknap - Des Moines, IA

“"A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed"~ Antoine Boveua Dr Oren was an amazing person, teacher and friend. I feel fortunate to...Read More »
50 of 89 | Posted by: Sarah Dennis - Des Moines, IA

“He was the only reason I made it through Physics. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. The world has lost something very special with this...Read More »
51 of 89 | Posted by: Chris Burdess - Pilot Mound, IA

“He will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful instructor and a kind and giving soul. I remember one day in college, I was driving back and fourth...Read More »
52 of 89 | Posted by: Erica - IA - prior student

“I had Dr. Oren for statistics back in 2008 (?). To this day, I still tell people that yes, I took statistics, but my professor was VERY generous and...Read More »
53 of 89 | Posted by: Lauree Deublein - Scottsdale, AZ

“I cannot say how shocked and saddened I am to Dr. Oren's passing. Despite my being a part-time PRN emplioyee, Dr. Oren always greeted me as if I was...Read More »
54 of 89 | Posted by: Darla Welch - Windsor Heights, IA

“I'm so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Glenn will be missed by many! He was by far the best teacher I have ever had and am so very thankful to...Read More »
55 of 89 | Posted by: Kerissa Feuerstein - Lenexa, KS

“My sincerest sympathy to your entire family. I did not ever have any classes with Dr. Oren, but I saw his smiling face in the halls many times. ...Read More »
56 of 89 | Posted by: Karin Hanson

“I just took my final for his statistic class Wednesday night.. I was the last one finished and he helped me figure out what I was doing wrong... He...Read More »
57 of 89 | Posted by: Rachel L. - Ankeny, IA - Student

“I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Oren's passing. I am grateful for having the opportunity to have known him during my time at Mercy College. He was...Read More »
58 of 89 | Posted by: Lisa Smithey - West Des Moines, IA

“Truly sorry to hear this. Dr. Oren was an amazing professor and a friend to everyone at Mercy College. I enjoyed his class and appreciate everything...Read More »
59 of 89 | Posted by: Shelby - Des Moines, IA - Student

“I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Professor Oren was a great man. He was my Statistics and Physics professor at Mercy. He pushed me hard to do my...Read More »
60 of 89 | Posted by: Ashley Brown - west des moines, IA

“Dr. Oren was one of my favorite teachers! I had him for physics and algebra. I will miss visiting with him when I studied in the library. I...Read More »
61 of 89 | Posted by: Joelle Peterson - West Des Moines, IA

“I'm so saddened by this news! Glenn and I grew up together riding our horses / ponies around the property, and camping out. I still remember...Read More »
62 of 89 | Posted by: Ken Rosenkrans - Phoenix, AZ

“Dr. Oren was an amazing person. The patience, kindness, and compassion that he conveyed to his students is what I loved about him and what many will...Read More »
63 of 89 | Posted by: Molly Wood - West Des Moines, IA

“I was terribly sadden when my daughter called to tell me of Glenn's passing. Glenn always had a smile on his face. The last time I saw Glenn was on...Read More »
64 of 89 | Posted by: Patty Rubin - Ogden, IA

“I was a classmate and fellow graduate of Glenn's in 1969 at East Waterloo High School. I remember Glenn as being super nice to everyone and always...Read More »
65 of 89 | Posted by: Cindy (Thyer) Schake

“I really don't know what to say. Glenn was one of the nicest people I have known. He was always smiling. I just can't believe that he is gone. My...Read More »
66 of 89 | Posted by: Karen Bremer Stonerook - Clarence, IA

“Dr. Oren you will be greatly missed. You were a wonderful teacher and I looked forward to coming to your class. Your sense of humor was one of a kind...Read More »
67 of 89 | Posted by: Danielle Geary - Waterloo, IA

“Dr. Oren was such a blessing to the staff and students at Mercy College of Health Sciences. He always brought such life and energy to the room...Read More »
68 of 89 | Posted by: Maggie Moore - Ankeny, IA

“Dear Shelley, Martha just called to tell me of the tragic news about Glenn. It is such a shock and I'm deeply sorry for your loss! Not long ago...Read More »
69 of 89 | Posted by: Leslie Clancy - Enfield, NH

“Glenn, You made the world a better place for all of us who have been blessed to enjoy your delightful sense of humor and work with you at Mercy...Read More »
70 of 89 | Posted by: Sandi Nagel - Des Moines, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I am so sorry for your loss! ”
71 of 89 | Posted by: Alicia VanCannon - Boone, IA

“Glenn- You were full of life , humor and mischief. I'm not sure who I am going to pick on now since I've lost my "job" of keeping you humble. I hope...Read More »
72 of 89 | Posted by: Marti Doyle - Linden, IA

“Glenn - how does one know what to say? You have been one of my biggest supporters the past few years and reminded me to believe in myself no matter...Read More »
73 of 89 | Posted by: Sara Hill - West Des Moines, IA

“How I will miss our physics discussions! You brightened each day with your humor and love of life. ”
74 of 89 | Posted by: Suzanne Crandall - Des Moines, IA

Graduation MCHS 2011 “Dr. Oren,I will miss you deeply. I will cherish the great years that I have gotten to know you as a teacher and friend. I will always remember you as...Read More »
75 of 89 | Posted by: Kiara Whitney, RN, BSN - IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Glenn was a vital part of Mercy College. His insight and wisdom of education was an inspiration to us all. The words...Read More »
76 of 89 | Posted by: Mary Schemmel - Des Moines, IA

“My condolences to the family. Dr. Oren will be greatly missed, he work as an instructor impacted so many students. He was one of the nicest person I...Read More »
77 of 89 | Posted by: Yira Fomsi - Minneapolis, MN

“I have no words that can express how deeply sorry I am to hear of the loss of Dr Oren. I considered him one of my best friends and a mentor. When I...Read More »
78 of 89 | Posted by: Sara Lydic - Altoona, IA

“Dr. Oren had a compassion for people that displayed through every aspect of his life. I have never met someone like him. He was always looking for...Read More »
79 of 89 | Posted by: Molly Wilkinson - Des Moines, IA

“I have no words to ease the pain. I only have tears to cry with you. I am so sorry for your loss. Your DMU family is here for you. Allow us to be. ”
80 of 89 | Posted by: Brenda Bolen - Des Moines, IA

“Shelly and kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Glenn had great soul. Always easy to talk to about anything and funny. He will be missed deaply. Rita...Read More »
81 of 89 | Posted by: Rita Brueland - Ogden, IA

“Dr. Oren you are the only professor who could make statistics enjoyable. You were always kind and easy to approach. I am saddened to hear of your...Read More »
82 of 89 | Posted by: Cassidy Carr - West Des Moines, IA

“Glenn- You and your sense of humor made the halls of Mercy College so much better. You supported me in my quest to become a nurse. I still strive to...Read More »
83 of 89 | Posted by: Susan Miller RN - Yuma, CO

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father. Dr. Oren was an exceptional person and teacher. He was instrumental to helping me...Read More »
84 of 89 | Posted by: Alex Barrantes - Des Moines, IA

“Shelley and family: Words cannot convey how very sorry I am for your loss. Working with Glenn, I enjoyed his smile and his crazy jokes. He will be...Read More »
85 of 89 | Posted by: Anne Dennis - Altoona, IA

“My uncle Glenn was an inspiration to me. He encouraged me to be the "nerd" I am! He even bought me my first graphing calculator....I know...what...Read More »
86 of 89 | Posted by: Julie Bloom - Ottertail, MN

“Oren Family, I am so shocked and terribly saddened at the news of your loss. I have also lost an incredibly inspiring professor, not only of...Read More »
87 of 89 | Posted by: Andrew Sullivan - leon, IA

“Dr. Oren- You were a brillant teacher...the help and assistance you provided to your students is immeasurable. You had a big heart and a good sense...Read More »
88 of 89 | Posted by: Amy - Student

“Dr. Oren- Oh how I am going to miss your smiling face and sense of humor. You have inspired me to do my best in everything that I do. You believed...Read More »
89 of 89 | Posted by: Tyneisha - Student

Glenn Oren, 61, of Boone, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his home.

Glenn's wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012, at the Community United Methodist Church in Ogden. Rev. Richard Boatman and Rev. Gary Hoyt will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the church. Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden is serving the family. For obituaries and online condolences visit:

Glenn Mitchell Oren was born on June 26, 1951, in Seward, Nebraska, the son of Junior and Norma Corpus Oren Lund. Glenn graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1969. He went on to obtain his degrees from Iowa State University, including a PhD in Wood Science. On February 27th, 1989, Glenn married Shelley Melcher. They have three children; Natasha, Joshua, and Jacob.

Glenn was currently serving as a Professor at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. He enjoyed fly fishing, bow hunting, reading great literature, spending time with his family, and doing anything that involved being outdoors.

Among the family members he left behind are his wife, Shelley Oren of Boone, Iowa; his three children; Natasha Oren, Joshua Oren, and Jacob Oren; his mother; Norma Lund of Decorah, IA; his two sisters; Mary Lou Cotton and Shirley Lucas; and many other friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his father; Junior Oren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.