Glen Weiland was born in Rock Springs, Wisconsin in 1936. He graduated from Reedsburg High School in Reedsburg, WI, then headed to Grant County, Indiana to pursue a college education at Taylor University. Weiland attended school there, then finished his degree at Purdue University in Electrical Engineering. He immediately went to work for Indiana Michigan Power (I & M) as an Electrical Engineer and worked there loyally until his retirement.
Weiland is also a military veteran having served a total of six years with the U.S. Air Force, active-duty, then inactive duty while working for I & M.
Now at age 85, Weiland still uses his skill set to help people in the community. He has done numerous electrical handy work to help others. Grant County resident Cathy Shouse nominated Weilend as a Champion of the Month. “Glen has helped me with different electrical things. He takes on big jobs, small jobs, is reliable, and kind-hearted. I call him an unsung hero, and I know that many others would say the same about him. He is always helping others with his skills, and has a cheerful attitude.”
Since the early 1970s, Weiland has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Grant County, and is still willing to work. “If they call me, I’ll do it. I just figure it helps low-income people by giving them a house at a reduced rate through a 20-year loan, and through the work of a lot of volunteers.”
Former Habitat Board President, Jerry Whitton, said, “Glen completed electrical work on 20+ Habitat homes. He was instrumental in finding volunteers to assist him, and many times would work alongside students teaching them the trade. By finding the best and most reasonable ways to complete the homes, he saved Habitat families hundreds of dollars in building costs.” Whitton added, “Glen always worked without complaint. He was a valuable asset to our cause.”
Weiland is also active in his church, College Wesleyan Church, in Marion.
He and his late wife, Peggy, have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Son Timothy Weiland’s pride and love for his dad resonated in a phone interview. “My dad is the hardest working individual I’ve ever met in my life, and I don’t say that just because he’s my dad. I’ve met many people throughout my life and career, and I don’t know anyone who works as hard as my dad.” He added that his father helps others genuinely out of concern and caring nature. “I have met a lot of people he has helped. Whether or not they have the means to pay, he truly wants to help them, and will help them. I think it’s part of his life mission.”