Route 66 Who's Who:

Glenn “Wrink” Wrinkle

Glenn Wrinkle passed away March 16, 2005. The following was taken from Glenn Wrinkle's funereal tribute and provided to us by Ms. Judy Wallmark, secretary of the Lebanon/LaClede County Route 66 Society.

 

Glenn E. Wrinkle, Sr. was born January 1, 1923, at Hazelgreen, MO to Grover Elbern and Laura Bertha (Carter) Wrinkle. He was the youngest of six children. Glenn passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO after a brief illness at the age of 82 years 2 months and 15 days.

Glenn Wrinkle, Sr.
Glenn Wrinkle, Sr.

On January 1, 1929 (at the age of 6) Glenn's parents moved the family to Lebanon, MO and opened the Jefferson Hotel and Restaurant. The family had a thriving business until it closed in 1955.

Glenn graduated from Lebanon High School in 1941. He served in the Army during WWII from 1943-46, being stationed in Okinawa, the Philippines, and Korea, with a rating of Staff Sergeant.

On Dec. 12, 1946, Glenn was married to Kathryn “Katie” Laverne Mizer. Their marriage lasted 58 years 3 months and 4 days. To this marriage were added six children: Glenn E. Jr. (Eddie); Rodney Paul; Terrence Oliver; Kristine Kay; Kimberly Ann; and Thomas Dennis.

On June 10, 1950, Glenn opened Wrink's Food Market on East City Route 66. Glenn kept the store open and running until February 21, 2005—almost 55 years!

Glenn was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Lebanon until the time of his death. Glenn taught Sunday School for many years, served on the Board of Trustees, the Evangelism Board, Missionary Board, and was a licensed Lay Minister of the Methodist Church for about 40 years. He often filled in at Sleeper, Hazelgreen, Stoutland, Oakland, and occasionally at his home church. Since 1974, Glenn led the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Ministry of his church.

Glenn was a member of the American Legion Post No. 43. He was also a frequent spokesman for Route 66. He was an avid supporter of civic and community affairs. In 2003, Glenn was the Honorary Parade Marshal for Lebanon's Christmas Parade.

Surviving members of Glenn's family include his wife Kathryn; four sons, Rev. Eddie Wrinkle & his wife Tabitha of Vinita, OK; Rodney of Oskaloosa, KS, Terry and his wife Cheryl of Marshfield, MO; and Tommy of Madison, MS. One daughter, Kristine Klamm and her husband Richard of Madison, MS. Glenn is also survived by nine grandchildren: Emily (Wrinkle) Wiede, Stacy (Wrinkle) Tindle, Michael Klamm, Glennan Wrinkle, Katie (Wrinkle) Suess, Jason Klamm, Krystal (Wrinkle) Whaley, Jeramy Wrinkle, and Matthew Klamm; and seven great-grandchildren, plus a host of nieces and nephews.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leslie and Carter Wrinkle; three sisters, infant sister Goldie Elizabeth, Alma Brown, and Florence Johnston; and one daughter, Kimberly Ann on April 30, 1964.

Glenn was extremely blessed to have three children born on his birthday: Rodney, on January 1, 1949; Kris, January 1, 1953; and Kim, January 1, 1964.

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You can obtain more information on Lebanon, Missouri, and the surrounding LaClede County by accessing their official website: www.llroute66society.bravehost.com