Robert Riley Glendening was born on October 7, 1934, in University Park, Iowa. He was one of twelve children that were born to William Riley and Florence Magerkurth Glendening. Bob, as he was known, graduated from high school at Burlington, Iowa and received his Masters Degree in Engineering from Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. Following his graduation he proudly served in the United States Navy. On October 23, 1954, he was united in marriage with Dolores Elaine Frueh at Park Ridge, Illinois. To this union twin daughters were born on July 6, 1955, Marjorie Anne and Martha Lynne. Bob and Dolores continued to live in Park Ridge where Bob was a salesman in the Chicago area. He and his family moved to Pella, Iowa for the first time in 1980 and returned to Pella in 1986 where Bob was self-employed in the Pella area. On April 23, 1992, Dolores passed away at the age of 61 years. In May of 1993 he was united in marriage with Vivian Marie (De Heus) Van Maanen. Bob continued in sales and in 2005 became the commercial sales manager for Stravers Hardware. He loved working on his computer and was an avid reader who used the Pella Public Library extensively. Late Wednesday evening, December 2, 2009, he passed away at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 75 years. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Vivian, and their blended family. They are: Marjorie Moore of Riverside, Iowa, Martha and Jerry Knickerbocker of Auburn, Michigan, (Curtis Van Maanen) Cathy Soroka of Huxley, Iowa, Tim and Lucia Van Maanen of Leighton, Iowa, Sam and Lisa Van Maanen of Pella, Iowa, Russell and Amy Van Maanen of Cambridge, Iowa, Ben and Cheri Van Maanen of Coppell, Texas, Martin and Julie Van Maanen of San Luis Obisco, California, Andrew and Shiela Van Maanen of Parker, Colorado and Matthew Van Maanen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Of his original family Bob leaves four sisters: Dorothea (Fred) Rehling of Abingdon, Illinois, Juanita and her husband, Clarence Den Adel of Pella, Arlene Rossetti and John Postma, and Shirley (Don) Wilkins all of Galesburg, Illinois; a step-sister, Martha Ruth and her husband, Edward Calkins of Advance, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Connie (Jerry) Frueh of Pella; and a host of nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Glendening; a step-son, Curtis Van Maanen; his father and mother, Riley and Florence Glendening; his step-mother, Flossie Glendening; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert Henry and Emma Marjorie Matlock Frueh; a brother, Edward Glendening who died in infancy, his brother and his wife, Howard and Helen Glendening; and the following sisters and their husbands: June and Newton Barnes, Lucille and R. E. Riceman, Bobbie and Hal Williams, Marguerite and Carl Hoambrecker, Betty and Gail Bowlyow; and three brothers-in-law: Fred Rehling, Donald Wilkins and J. Gerald (Jerry) Frueh. Bob loved his family.
Services were held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the Third Reformed Church in Pella. Memorials may be given for the Carnegie-Viersen Public Library in Pella. Arrangements were made by the Van Dyk -Duven Funeral Home.