Glen Russell Ausen, 95, passed away Sept. 4, 2019, with his family by his side. Glen was born in Alden Township, WI on July 18, 1924 to Martin and Gertrude Engel Ausen. He was the fourth of eight children. After graduating from high school in Amery, he enlisted in the navy and served on the hospital ship USS Bountiful as a corpsman during WWII. His ship was the first to evacuate wounded from Iwo Jima.
Following the war, he attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. While there he met Ruth Woods, a fellow student who was working at the boarding house where he was living. They were married June 5, 1948, in Webster. Upon graduation from college, they moved to Montana where they started their teaching careers at Ekalaka. From there they moved to Harlem and Glen earned his master’s degree at the University of Montana. His administrative career took them to multiple Montana school districts including Glasgow, Culbertson, Colstrip, Bridger, Deer Lodge, and Wyola. The year after Ruth passed away, Glen returned to Amery for a class reunion where he got reacquainted with Helen Bass and the two eventually married.
Glen enjoyed traveling, hunting, and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage, actually liked lutefisk, and taught his children the value of hard work. He was privileged to go on the Montana Honor Flight in the spring of 2015. He spent the last year and a half of his life as a resident of The Springs at Grand Park in Billings, MT where he was lovingly cared for by the staff as well as his nearby family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth (married 46 years); second wife, Helen (married 21 years); son, Stanley; grandson Jeremy Sikkenga, and his seven siblings – Vernon, Isabelle, Lorraine, June, Fern, Wayne and Eugene. He is survived by his four children: Sheila (John) Sikkenga of Sheridan, WY; Sandy (Dick) Taylor of Billings; Sam (partner Lori Hodges) of Billings and Steve (Deb) of Park City, MT. In addition he is survived by his brother-in-law, Jens Fossum, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson and multiple nieces and nephews. They all agree he was tougher than woodpecker lips.
A memorial service was held and Glen’s cremated remains were interred next to his wife Ruth in Bridger, MT on September 12th.