|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1954|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 2010|
Glen W. Poston, age 55, of 3194 Mautz-Yeager Rd., Marion died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 10, 2010 while riding his bicycle along Owens Road.
He was born on June 17, 1954 in Barnesville, Ohio to Willard E. and Mary J. (Carpenter) Poston. His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Naples, FL. Carol S. Simpkins became his wife on October 10, 2003 in Marion and she also survives.
The avid golfer & cyclist was a Friend of Bill W. and has worked as a computer software programmer for the Wysis Company of Atlanta, GA for the past five years. Prior to his employment with the Wysis Co., he worked for 18 years at Macola. Glen has been a Marion resident for the past 26 years moving here from Columbus, Ohio.
Surviving along with his wife and mother are a son, Issac D. Poston of Naples, FL; a daughter, Hope Poston of Gahanna, OH; a stepson, Anthony (Jodi) Smith of Mcclenney, FL; a stepdaughter, Mikki (Scott) Oswald of Marion, OH; a brother, Sam (Kathy) Poston of Springfield, OH; three grandchildren; and a nephew, Benjamin Poston of Milwaukee, WI.
Front page article in the Marion Star 3/13/2010:
Rocky's Cyclery owner Glen Poston had retired his last TREK carbon fiber bike when it reached 89,000 miles.
A computer programmer by trade, cycling was his therapy, how he found the answers to some of the most complex problems.
The avid cyclist who logged about 35 miles a day took his last ride on Wednesday. Authorities responding initially to a report of a cyclist hit by a car found him lying alongside his bicycle on Owens Road.
"He was riding and something went horribly wrong," said Carol Poston, Glen's wife. While initial reports suggested he was hit by a car, Marion County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Al Hayden said authorities believe his death was medically related and no foul play was suspected.
Carol said a cause of death is not yet known. He was 55 years old.
The store will be closed on Monday but will re-open on Tuesday.
Glen and Carol Poston bought Rocky's Cyclery in 2003 after past owner Rocky Rhoades died of cancer. Carol said Glen and Rhoades were good friends and Glen had already told Rhoades that he'd like to consider buying the store someday.
Glen had also worked as a computer programmer for Atlanta, Ga.-based company Wysis Co. and had worked for Macola Software in Marion for 18 years. Family friend Mike Brewer estimated that Poston had ridden about 200,000 miles during his life.
He was a runner in the past but switched to cycling after crushing an ankle when he fell off a roof during a construction job. He had previously walked the Appalachian Trail.
Among his achieved goals was riding to each state that adjoins Ohio. Carol said Glen had once ridden to Indiana and back in the same day.
Woody Barry, an area cyclist and member of the competitive cycling Team Rocky, said Glen always supported area cycling clubs and events. Such was the tradition at the 239 E. Church St. bike shop.
"Rocky was definitely that way," said Barry. "(When he died) we all kind of fretted, wondered if we would have a local bike shop."
He became friends with Glen while taking rides with him and described Glen as being "super friendly. He would do anything for anybody."
"He's always been helpful with getting people's bikes in tip-top shape," said Janine Williams, president of the Heart of Ohio Tailwinds Bicycle Club. "He was always willing to listen and answer your questions."
Carol said one of Glen's gifts was his ability to get people excited about physical fitness and cycling. Brewer said that was the case when he walked into the store to buy his wife a bike and, after talking to Glen, ended up leaving with one for him as well.
"Cycling was Glen's therapy," said Carol. "If he just hit a spot (in a program) where he couldn't finish the puzzle he would ride his bike. He did that on a wallpapering job once."
She said she had turned around and he was gone, out to ride his bike until he figured out how to paper a certain corner.
Rocky's Cyclery will continue under Carol's ownership.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes scattered on his farm on Mautz Yeager Rd.
Created by: Harley Hoover
Record added: Mar 12, 2010
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