Surrounded by family on December 3, 2023, Glen Arnold Litwiller peacefully took his last breath and passed from a life devoted to sharing God’s love with others to an eternal life glorifying the God who loves each of us. While there is sorrow in the loss of such a special man, there is an abundance of joy knowing Glen is now in the presence of his Creator and Savior.
Born to Arthur and Fanny Litwiller on the 26th of December, 1950, Glen grew up outside Buffalo, New York. When Glen was 7, his dad was killed in a work related auto accident. The family moved to Michigan in 1963 and his sibling count grew from 5 to 10 when his mother married John Swartz in 1965. When he was 11 Glen asked Jesus into his heart, starting him on the lifelong path of loving others in a Christlike way.
As a junior in high school Glen met Naomi Leidig during a Mennonite community winter retreat in Michigan. They began dating soon thereafter, attending Eastern Mennonite College together and marrying in June of 1971 in Midland, Michigan.
An early interest in helping others led to a pre-medical degree from EMC. Glen’s medical career took a decided turn when he injured his back working in a hospital therapy ward. After a chiropractic adjustment fixed the injury without the need for surgery, Glen decided to focus his study on this course of medical practice, graduating in 1977 from the National College of Chiropractics in Lombard, Illinois.
Shortly after graduating, Glen and Naomi moved west, settling in Grants Pass to start his chiropractic career. Glen was an incredibly gifted healer whose 39 years of chiropractic practice served as a gateway to bring God’s love into the lives of his patients, staff, friends and family in more ways than just physical healing. He never missed an opportunity to bless others through his medical abilities, often providing spur of the moment chiropractic adjustments to those needing help outside the confines of practice hours.
At the same time he was starting his chiropractic profession, he and Naomi began raising a family resulting in three daughters: Stephanie, Melissa and Natalie. In addition to fostering his daughters into relationships with God, Glen expressed love to them by supporting family interests.
Opportunities for camping and downhill skiing factored into the decision to live in the Rogue Valley and Glen used these pastimes to connect with friends and family alike. Humbug State Park on the Oregon Coast was a favorite location along with the slopes of Mt. Bachelor in the wintertime. Glen and Naomi bought a little farm to support the girls in both 4-H and open horse showing. When he saw a need for organized equestrian competition at the high school level, Glen spearheaded the Southern Oregon High School Equestrian Teams and promoted it statewide.
A lifelong love for God kept him actively participating in the churches his family attended, serving in both the Grants Pass Mennonite Church and Applegate Christian Fellowship in Ruch. In 2005 Glen helped launch Grants Pass’ Edgewater Christian Fellowship serving as counseling pastor, missions pastor and elder. As a pastor, Glen’s calling was to show God’s love to as many people as possible, in whatever way possible, no matter their station in life. His devotion to Jesus was the driving force in his ministry to others. His biggest shortcoming was he didn’t have unlimited time and energy to devote to this task.
Sharing God’s love with others led to a passion for missions work locally and internationally. Litwiller family meals regularly included men in need of Godly counseling and family atmosphere. He helped facilitate Bible studies at the Gospel Rescue Mission, assisted prison ministries and often provided housing on his property for men in the process of cleaning up their lives. Together Glen and Naomi poured into the lives of other couples and families through marriage life groups and home groups.
Glen thrived on trips abroad to spread the gospel and fellowship with believers across the globe, from Uganda to Haiti, Israel to Kenya.
In 2016 Glen crashed his bicycle while riding home from work, resulting in brain trauma and hospitalization. While never fully recovering from his accident, Glen was gifted with another seven years of spending time with his family, friends and church family.
In addition to his wife and daughters, God blessed Glen with 3 sons-in-law, David, Jason and Ryan; and 7 grand children, Elijah, Caleb, Tobias, Ridgeway, Hannah, Whitaker and Gabriel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you use your God-gifted talents to love and bless others. More than anything, Glen would want you to know that the God who created you, loves you and desires to have an eternal relationship with you.
A celebration of the life of Glen Litwiller will be held at
Edgewater Christian Fellowship at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024.
If Glen played a part in your life, please feel welcome to attend and join in the fellowship of remembering this wonderfully loving man.
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” - Jesus Christ.
Please share a memory of Glen in his guestbook.