In memory of

Rachel Lynn

March 28, 1984 - August 29, 2020
From: Waukee, IA | Originally: Lake View, IA
Rachel Lynn

Rachel Lynn

Born: March 28, 1984
Died: August 29, 2020
Age: 36
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   Rachel Lynn, daughter of Bryan and Eva Thompson, was born on March 28th, 1984.  She grew up in her hometown of Lake View, Iowa, where she attended WLVA High School.  There, she was involved in drill team and cheerleading, before graduating in 2002. She went on to study Respiratory Therapy at Des Moines Area Community College.

   Rachel married John Glissmann in 2006, and the couple had three sons; Parker, Hayden, and Connor.  The boys were her pride and joy, and she dedicated herself to supporting their interests and hobbies, especially sports.  She had a close relationship with her parents and siblings, and absolutely adored her nieces and nephews.

   Besides her family, Rachel’s biggest passion was her career.  Her most noteworthy position was at the Iowa Donor Network (IDN) where she worked from 2010 to 2020, and served as an Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator.  She was certified in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), as well as a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and ECMO Specialist.  During her time at IDN, she helped nearly 450 organ donors to fulfill their final wishes.  Rachel herself was an organ donor, and will continue to touch the lives of others through her donations.

   Outside of work, Rachel enjoyed many hobbies.  She liked working out and staying active, whether she was at the gym or coaching high school cheerleading.  She shared her boys’ love of sports, and was an avid Cubs, Packers, and Hawkeyes fan.  She loved traveling, coffee and wine dates with her friends, keeping up with her brother and sisters on “sib chat”, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and above all, spending time with her kids.

   Rachel’s love of life and adventurous spirit were contagious, and her smile and warmth will be greatly missed.  She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Vernon Klenk, Richard and Shirley (Klenk) Bradwell, as well as her paternal grandparents, Mervin and Harriet Thompson. 

   Rachel is survived by her children Parker, Hayden, and Connor Glissmann; their father John Glissmann; parents Bryan and Eva Thompson; siblings Andrea (Jeremiah) Koch, Taylor (Sarah) Thompson,  and Nichole (Benjamin) Riffey; nieces and nephews: Ella Bussell, Lyric Bussell, Austin Thompson, Evin Wolff, Marleigh Banks, Zaylynn Lawler, Piper Thompson, Marina Thompson, Everett Riffey, and Arlo Riffey; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all loved her very much.

   The family of Rachel’s special friend, Tom Kennedy, is in our thoughts and prayers.

   IN LIEU OF FLOWERS please direct any memorials to Taylor Thompson for Parker, Hayden, and Connor as an account has been set up in their name.                                                                                                         

Taylor Thompson
708 Williams Street
Sac City, Iowa 50583

VENMO: @Taylor-Thompson-389


Tribute Video
1:00 p.m., Tuesday
September 15, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Roger Carlisle

Ben Riffey - Eric Meyer

Chad Nickless - Chris McFarlane


4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday
September 14, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

“Hickory Creek” by White Chapel

“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry

“Bluebird” by Miranda Lambert

“Sister Heroine” by Beth Hart

“Yellow” by Coldplay


In the family's care.


Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:26 PM
““God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes.
And death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
The former things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)
- Elnora Webb
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 12:26 PM
“Rachel was one of my clinical instructors when I was in the RT program at DMACC and then working at IMMC. Our class was required to write an essay to describe the sort of RT we wanted to become. I wrote that I wanted to be like her, so well rounded, so knowledgeable so GREAT with patients (especially the donor network patients). Awesome RT awesome lady. I am so very deeply sorry for your family's loss.”
- Jennifer Sanders
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“Sending lots of love and prayers to Rachel’s family today. I pray that God gives you strength to get through this very difficult time. My heart is so heavy and I’m still in disbelief that she’s gone. Rachel was a amazing women and I know that she will be the best guardian angel to all her family and friends. She was very loved and will be truly missed. Thank you for being the best boss I could ask for and a even better friend. I love you Rachel, I miss you so much already. Rest In Peace my love. ”
- Kayki Ellis
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“Rachel was an amazing and wonderful person. I had the privilege of working with her in the OPO world and we went to UNOS together for Transnet training. She had such and incredible energy about her and we had such a blast hanging out together. Here's to many more raffle dance offs, my friend! ”
- Eric Lowe
Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 6:10 PM
“Sending prayers of love and support to Rachel Lynn's family. We only met her once at Ben and Nichole's wedding and could easily see how wonderful of a person she was. Hugs and love ~ Craig and Renee Riffey”
- Renee Riffey
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 8:34 AM
“We are so very sorry to hear about Rachael. We did meet her several times while she was with Tom and our Grandson Major and felt as though she was very easy to talk to. Please know our hearts are broke for you and for her boys. Angela and Jeff Hagen”
- Angela and Jeff Hagen
Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:46 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers”
- Steve and Jan Pullen
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
“I worked with Rachel over the phone during her time at IDN. Her middle of the night pages/phone calls meant a “gift” from one person was being offered to another. She was always professional and kind. May you all find peace and comfort knowing how impactful Rachel was to so many. ”
- Gretchen Warkentin
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
“Eva and family, my heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. Lean on God and let him carry you through this journey of heavy heart. Hold fast to your Loving memories of Rachel and let them help you through the tears and see her life in the eyes of her beautiful children. God's blessings and care. The Kuda's ”
- Jan Kuda
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 9:38 AM
“Eva, Brian, and family...our most sincere condolences to you. One of the most difficult things in this lifetime as a parent is to lose a child no matter what age they are. Hold those memories you have of Rachel close to your heart. ”
- Fern and Vern Langbein
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 9:38 AM
“May you all know how very special she was to me having met her and talked with her several times throughout my time and her Time with Iowa Donor Network, she’s richly touched and blessed my Life. Praying for you all and sending you all my deepest condolences. ”
- MeLinda Madison
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to all of Rachel’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with her at Iowa Donor Network years ago. She was an amazing person and the love she had for her family was enormous. There is noting Rachel couldn’t do when she set a goal. ”
- Nikki Blythe
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“ I worked with Rachel at Iowa Donor Network. My heart broke when I heard the news about her and her friend, she touched the lives of so many, and will be missed by them all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her boys .
- Teresa Nicholson
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Rachel. She was one of my best friends. I still am having trouble wrapping my head around her being gone. 💔💔”
- Sheila Gibson
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“I worked with Rachel at Iowa Donor Network. It was clear as soon as I met Rachel how special she was. Her passion, empathy and excitement for life was contagious. Her love and dedication to her boys was always apparent. Despite her long hours and many commitments she always made time to put them first. I hope they truly know how much she loved them, and how many people loved Rachel. She will be truly missed.”
- Jessica Dinh
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all of the family. She was a special person to many through her profession.
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“Sending heartfelt prayers to Rachel's entire family...may the Lord wrap you in his loving care during this very difficult time...thinking of you all...”
- Tim and Brenda Peters
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Words can't even describe the pain we fill for your family at a time like this. Just please know that each and everyone of you are in our thoughts. ”
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“Words cannot express the sadness and heartbreak I feel for the Thompson and Glissmann also the Klenk families. Prayers and thoughts are with all. She will be greatly missed 💔❤️”
- Aunt LaRue
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“So sorry for you loss. This was very sad to hear. Prayers for you and all the family. ”
- Linda Renze
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“Eve, Bryan, and family my deepest sympathies are with you. Rachel was an incredible person not only in her profession but to family and friends. There will be a huge void where she was and will be greatly missed”
- Marni Roth
Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“Im sorry for the loss. She was good person. She was in my class of 2002 at wlva. Im praying for her family.”
- Maggie sherrick
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