|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1917|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2008|
Merle's parents, William E. and Roxie A. (Gibboney) Glunt. He graduated from Altoona High School, Class of 1936. He was a amateur HAM radio operator with a number of call signs over seventy years of service, but his signature sign was W3OKN. Dad was awarded the Pennsylvania State Medal for his communications work during the Johnstown emergency of that same year. He joined the US Navy Reserve along with his brother Elliot, and both served as radiomen. He married Anna E. ‘Betty" Caum Aug. 17, 1939, Altoona High School graduate, class of 1938. She preceded him in death in 1995. They shared 56 happy years together, leaving a daughter Janice, a son Don, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Merle was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a compatriot of the Sons of the American Revolution. He had been actively involved with the NRA for several years and enjoyed the outdoors, assisting Betty with her genealology and cemetery research and archival work. Dad, thank you for your unwavering patience and lessons in common sense you taught me throughout the years. I am the person I am today from the guidance and love that you and mom gave me. I am very proud of you dad, I miss you dearly and love you with all my heart.
Before World War II, he served sea duty as a radioman petty officer in the U.S. Naval Communications Reserve. During World War II, he was the senior radio intercept analyst in the Radio Intelligence Division of the Federal Communications Commission, specializing in worldwide German espionage radio communications and Philippine guerrilla radio circuits, among others. He served as the FCC R.I.D. liaison with the Office of Strategic Services (now CIA) and the British Security Coordination. As WWII continued, he re-entered the U.S. Navy, assigned to the Naval Security Group. His post war assignments were in charge of U.S. Naval communications security surveillance and traffic analysis. He served also as the U.S. Navy liaison representative on various Allied and Joint (U.S.) transmission security and cryptographic working and advisory groups. He was a U.S. Navy task force member charged with the creation of the Armed Force Security Agency (now National Security Agency). Returning to the FCC during the Korean conflict, he later held such positions as chief, treaty branch and assistant chief engineer, FCC, responsible for the Frequency Allocation and Treaty Division and International and Operations Division. He was active in U.S. preparation for various national and international telecommunications conferences, serving frequently as a U.S. spokesman at NATO (Belgium) and the International Telecommunications Union (United Nations Switzerland), and international conferences in Canada, Great Britain, Spain and Brazil. In addition, he was a member of U.S. Delegations, responsible for the development of international radio terms and definitions, the Maritime Mobile and Amateur Radio Services rules and regulations. Sponsored by the Agency for International Development, he organized and participated in a two-man team of experts, at the request of the prime minister, to study and make recommendations to reorganize the Thailand Radio Communications Activity to facilitate communications in that area during the Korean conflict.
Dad taught me pride, character integrity and to have guts (PIG) Kind of fitting for my profession. He was the most generous man on the face of the earth. I learned that from him too, and have practiced that it is better to give than to receive. He was a jack-of-all-trades and single handedly built the upstairs addition on our first home. His hard work on our house gave me my first "man-cave", my very first bedroom to myself. He learned the carpentry craft from his dad, William, as a little boy but sadly was unable to pass on that invaluable skill to his son. He was the "GO TO" guy, he was our back bone and our strength in the family. He was no nonsense with me during my formative teenage years, which I highly deserved. He built my character, one brick at a time, and I am proud to be his son.
He and mom were deeply in love, I never heard a harsh word between them during my entire life. They knew the secret to success and happiness and they lived it daily. My dad gave me the book Code Breakers and had an inscription in the front cover. It simply read, Patience and common sense does it ! Love Dad! A large part of dad died on March 9, 1995 when mom went home to the Lord.
In 2002, at age 85, my dad was the victim of a home invasion. Upon making a cash withdraw from his bank, dad headed home only to undergo an attack by some coward who had been following him. After knocking my dad down to the floor and throwing his couch on top of him, the degenerate fled the scene with a couple of hundred dollars. Money was not the only thing my dad lost that day, as he never fully recovered from the attack. NEVER! He loved that town in spite of the reservations my mom had about living so far from her family and friends. Woman's intuition maybe, we will never know. The Pennsylvania State Police were unable to solve this deadly encounter.
Dad passed away six years after that attack. He had been a reasonably healthy individual up until that time, but the attack not only damaged him physically, but moreover emotionally. There is NO doubt WHATSOEVER that this unstable person who lacks a conscious, robbed my dad not only of his money but also of the extra years of life my dad would have had. I am a Christian man; however, this person has rattled every morsel of common decency within my body. If I had the opportunity to speak with this person who could do such a violent and despicable act, I would let him know how I hope he lives a very long life, as I pity him more than I could hate him. Ironically, he has my dad to thank for my leniency toward him because I learned patience, virtue, integrity and most of all, forgiveness. My dad lives on not only in our memories and our hearts but also in each of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as we are all an extension of this wonderful, caring and devoted man.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Warren Eastright for not only creating this memorial, but lovingly researching my dad's history and transferring his memorial to my care. God Bless you Warren
A MASSIVE THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS IN MY HEART FOR SPONSORING MY DAD. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL MELISSA, FOR THE CARE YOU GIVE MY DAD! GOD BLESS YOU DEAR LADY, WITH MY LOVE, ALWAYS!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO BUTTERFLY, WHO ASSISTED ME WITH MY DAD'S BIOGRAPHY. HER COMPASSION, HER LOVE OF PEOPLE AND ARTISTIC GENIUS PAINTED A MASTERPIECE OF MY DAD AND OF HIS LIFE, MAKING THIS A LIVING MEMORIAL TO ME OTHER THAN JUST WORDS ON PAPER. HER MASTERY IN PROPER ENGLISH STRUCTURE HAS BEEN A GODSEND TO ME IN THE REMEMBERANCE OF THE GREATEST MAN I HAD EVER KNOWN AND LOVED. I COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU. GOD BLESS YOU DEAR KHAYLAYNE, WITH MY LOVE FOR LIFE AND BEYOND. GOD BLESS YOU MY DEAR FRIEND AND MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU!
I would like to also thank all of my friends, both present and future who have visited my dad. He would be very grateful for your thoughts and happy to have so many people who are thinking of him. With my gratitude and love
William Eliot Glunt (1888 - 1957)
Roxie Araminta Gibboney Glunt (1891 - 1981)
Anna E Caum Glunt (1920 - 1995)
E. Merle Glunt (1917 - 2008)
Infant Son Glunt (1920 - 1920)*
Alto Reste Burial Park
Maintained by: He Who is Formerly Known...
Originally Created by: Warren Eastright
Record added: Apr 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25922877