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Glenn M. Ferley

Glenn M. Ferley, age 90 of Philip, SD, died November 18, 2009, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 25, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were Mike Groven and Corky Thorson. Pallbearers were Jessica, Heather, Shane, Chad and Casey Ferley and Shanna Sandal.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Glenn M. Ferley was born April 8, 1919, in Balfour, ND, the son of John and Elizabeth (Hove) Ferley. He grew up in North Dakota where he attended school. As a child, the family moved to a farm eight miles west of Northwood, IA, where he continued his schooling, graduating from Northwood High School.

When Glenn was a young boy, he rode as a jockey in North Dakota. His horse's name was Pinto. After Pinto burned in a barn fire, Glenn kept the rib bones, which he used to play music. He also farmed with his folks near Northwood.

Glenn was united in marriage to Esther Noe on July 2, 1944, in Silver Lake, IA. They made their home on the farm until 1946 when they moved to Pierre. While in Pierre, Glenn worked for his brother, Lester, in the Dukelow and Ferley Jewelers. On November 29, 1949, they moved to Philip, where they owned and operated Ferley Jewelers. They ran the store until health reasons forced his retirement in 1999, after 50 years.

Glenn has always loved Philip from the time he and Esther pulled into town. Glenn always enjoyed life and enjoyed playing tricks on his old friends; these friends were the grand ol' men of Philip. Their pranks went from food disappearing from the bakery and meat market to taping the receiver button on Max's telephone. These men would then become serious whenever there was something to do, they would all pitch in. One of the mainstays of Philip and these men were their daily coffee breaks, up until a few months ago Glenn continued to enjoy this ritual.

In the early days, bowling on the Ferley Jewelers team, dancing with his wife Esther in the dance clubs, and the Philip Volunteer Fire Department were major parts of his life. He was the man in charge of ringing the noon whistle; you can always count of the watch repairman to know the correct time.

Glenn always had a place in his heart for kids, he loved their eagerness to learn and share. He loved their faces when he showed his rattlesnake eggs, dribble glass, and other interesting gadgets. His love of kids overflowed when it came to his grandkids and great grandkids. He would spend many a day telling stories and laughing at his and their antics.

Every year the family would spend a few days at a KOA campground at Mt. Rushmore, Glenn loved to bring the smoked turkey and enjoyed these restful days with his kids, grandkids, great grandkids and Esther.

Glenn's wife, Esther ,preceded him in death on January 23, 2009.

Glenn continued to live in Philip at the Assisted Living Center, and later the Philip Nursing Home.

Glenn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Philip, and was a big fan of the Denver Broncos.

Grateful for having shared his life include three sons, Steve Ferley and his wife, Beth-Anne, of Rapid City, Jerry Ferley and his wife, Lee Ann, of Oelrichs, and Dan Ferley and his wife, Lana, of Ft. Collins, CO; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester Ferley of Pierre; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Esther, Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Adele Harmon, Arlene Nelson and Lila Kindervag.

A memorial has been established to First Lutheran Church of Philip, and the Philip Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com