|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1915|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2012|
Alan Howard Glaspey, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Idaho State Veterans Home on January 14th 2012 at the age of 96.
He was born to William H. and Eleanor M. (Carter) Glaspey on July 16th 1915 in Bowbells, North Dakota. Al was raised on a farm in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, and attended the Out Of Sight rural school before he graduated from high school in Bowbells in 1935.
Upon his graduation, Al left home and wandered the country with his cousin Red during the great Depression. During his travels, he ended up in Montana during the late 1930's and worked as a farm hand on several ranches around Portage, Montana before moving to California in l941.
When WWII broke out, he was working for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation building airplanes. During the war, he worked first on the P-38 Lightning fighter, and then with a top secret security clearance, helped build the P-80 Shooting Star, the first jet fighter in the U.S. Army Air Force. With the completion of the P-80 program, shortly after VE Day, Lockheed released Al and he joined the Army, where he served with the 78th Infantry Division in the occupation forces in Europe.
When Al returned to the U.S., he married Helen V. Kohn in Marvin, South Dakota, on November 8, 1946. They moved to Farragut, Idaho where he attended Farragut College and Technical Institute and earned a certificate in air conditioning and refrigeration. After graduating, Al and Helen moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1949 where he worked for Pinski Brothers plumbing for 7 years.
In l956, Al decided to take a job with the civil service, working at Malmstrom Air Force Base where he maintained the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment throughout the military complex until his retirement after 20 years of service in 1977. After retiring, Al helped Helen with her custom drapery business. If he wasn't helping Helen, he was always busy fixing something around the house, refinishing furniture or visiting friends and family.
Al and Helen had their first of three sons, Gregory, in 1950. In 1952 along came Douglas and in 1958 Philip entered the family. Al was the ultimate family man and loved to teach the boys about the great outdoors. He called Montana "God's Country" and with the family in tow, loved to go camping, fishing and hunting.
Al served as a troop leader with Troop 7 when the boys joined the Boy Scouts, and was recognized numerous times by the Montana Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his time and leadership. He was a member of Lodge 214 of the B.O.P Elks, and Local 139.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eleanor; brothers, Wilfred, Bob, Fred and sister, Ruth.
He is survived by Helen, the love of his life for over 65 years, now living in Boise Idaho; sons, Gregg, with wife, Sheri, living in Whitefish, Montana; Doug, with friend Barbara, of Boise, Idaho and Phil, with fiancée, Venita, in Billings, Montana. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Stephen, Sean, Dustin and Kaitlin; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Joseph.
A memorial service is planned for this summer in Great Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls.
Published in Idaho Statesman on January 20, 2012
Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
Created by: Barb
Record added: Jan 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83465544
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.|
Added: Feb. 20, 2012
Alan Howard Glaspey 1915 - 2012 Alan Howard Glaspey, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Idaho State Veterans Home on January 14th 2012 at the age of 96.He was born to William H. and Eleanor M. (Carter) Glaspey on July 1...(Read more)|
James L. Cooper
Added: Jan. 20, 2012