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Glen Roger Floerchinger
March 24, 1934 ~ October 20, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Glen Roger Floerchinger, 89, of Great Falls passed away peacefully on October 20, 2023 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Glen was born on March 24th, 1934 in Conrad Montana to Leonard and Mable (Watterud) Floerchinger. He grew up on the family homestead along with his three brothers and two sisters, where they raised horses, beef cattle, chickens and pigs. It wasn’t out of the ordinary to be up before dawn to milk the cow and feed the livestock. They ate everything they raised but sold the beef to pay the bills. He attributed his upbringing for his aptitude to get by with little and work hard for more.
On June 15th, 1952, Glen married the love of his life, Esther Alice Floerchinger. After marrying they lived in Conrad, where they started their family. To provide for his family, Glen worked as a derrick hand in the oil fields of Conrad, as opposed to finishing high school. They would later move to Havre where Glen attended college to pursue an engineering degree. In his true fashion, Glen earned an Associates in Planning, all while working a full time job. After graduating, he accepted a job in Great Falls as Senior Planner.
He thoroughly enjoyed helping people start their lives in Great Falls. During his time in that position, he had several opportunities to travel to Washington D.C. to build the census for the whole country. On one occasion, he surprised Esther by bringing her along on the trip, which became a highlight of their many travels together. Glen was incredibly proud of his work for the planning commission, which he made a career out of until 2004, when he retired with 36 years dedicated to the field.
One of Glen and Esther’s greatest joys in life was chasing grandkids and great grandkids. There was rarely a rodeo, wrestling match, 4-H show, basketball, volleyball or a baseball game that they weren’t in attendance. They became known and loved by many others through their following and perpetually open doors to their home, welcoming in any and everyone in the neighborhood. Glen loved sharing cookies, licorice and nuts with anyone who came through the door. Glen and Esther also enjoyed traveling the world together to places such as Arizona, Alaska, and even Germany. They took several grandkids through Glacier National Park and even more camping across the state over the years. Together, they were never afraid to pack-up and leave on a grand adventure.
Glen enjoyed attending church, his monthly pinochle games at the Ivy in Great Falls, a fair game of cribbage, and a Packers Football game. Glen lived his life with an effervescent elation, a humble disposition and a heart with endless love and kindness. He will be missed by all who had the honor to know him.
He is survived by three children, Cal (Sherry) Floerchinger of Belt, Scott (Sherri) Floerchinger of Cascade and John Floerchinger of Great Falls; nine grandchildren, Mandy Keaster, Mathew Rattray, Misty McCormick, Trevor Floerchinger, Nicole Rattray, Rustin Floerchinger, Tyler Floerchinger, Karissa Floerchinger and Drew Floerchinger; great-grandchildren Remington Gusick, Kylie Floerchinger, Cael Floerchinger, Gavin Gray, Dakota Floerchinger, Haylee Gray and Danika Floerchinger, Kenady Keaster, Karsyn Keaster, Raelee Floerchinger, Racie Floerchinger; step great-grandchildren Mariah Christianson, Austin Christianson and Cali Floerchinger; and a sister, Connie (Michael) Butler and many nieces and nephews.
Glen was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Esther Floerchinger, daughter Roxanna Rattray of Great Falls; parents Leonard and Mabel (Watterud) Floerchinger; sister Shirley (Everett) Meyers, and brothers Carlyle ‘Bud’ Floerchinger, Robert Floerchinger and Donald Floerchinger.