Glen K. Griffith
September 4, 2010
Glen Kenneth Griffith died on September 4, 2010 at Northern Nevada Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 89 years old.
Glen was born on the 8th of November, 1920 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and attended schools in that community, graduating from Broken Bow High School in 1939. As a boy, he enjoyed being outdoors and often went fishing with one of his several pets.
He enrolled at Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State University) after graduation from high school but answered the call to duty during World War II by volunteering for service in the Army Air Corp in 1942. Glen served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1945. His initial assignment was as a Sperry Bomb Sight instructor but with the build up of forces in preparation for the invasion of continental Europe, he was assigned to the 404th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force as a Bombardier and stationed at Winkton Forward Landing Ground in southern England. He flew as a bombardier in the A-20 and A-26 light bombers in more than 60 combat missions prior to the invasion, on D-Day, during the Allied break out from the invasion beach-heads, the Battle of the Bulge and other post-invasion missions.
His unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, two French Croix de Guerre and the Belgian Four-ragere for distinguished service.
After his discharge, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri for an employment opportunity with his brother-in-law and sister.
He married Joan Allen of London, England in 1946; he said that he and his wife were born two weeks and 5200 miles apart. He owned the Dr. Pepper bottling plant in Clinton, Iowa, but finally decided to follow his real interest in wildlife biology and management. To pursue that career, he and his family, which now included a daughter, moved to California where he attended Chico State University from 1949 to 1950 and then Humboldt State University in Arcata from 1950 to 1953. He often walked his daughter to kindergarten at the college.
His eldest son Brian was born in 1950 in Redding, California. During school breaks, Glen worked in Burney, California alongside his brothers. He graduated from Humboldt State in 1953.Upon graduation, Glen accepted a position with Nevada Fish and Game in Lovelock, Nevada. He headed the district office in Lovelock and organized the hunter safety program for the state. He enjoyed the outdoor aspects of his job, especially the Black Rock Desert and Sheldon Antelope Range, and working with the people associated with a variety of statewide wildlife organizations.
In 1969, he accepted an administrative position in Reno and the family moved to Reno. He was appointed State Director of the Division of Wildlife in 1973 and held that position until his retirement in 1979. While the family lived in Lovelock, Glen was active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Grace Methodist Church.
He became a member of Humboldt Lodge #27, Free & Accepted Masons in 1961, serving as its Master in 1967-1968. He was also active in the Order of DeMolay. His youngest son, Greg, was born in Lovelock in 1954.
Glen's love of the outdoors meant that most family vacations were spent outdoors at national parks, camping and fishing. His interest in animals and love of the outdoors was passed to his offspring as evidenced by their own interests in domestic and wild animals, and in a variety of outdoor activities.
Glen is survived by Joan, his wife of 64 years, and children, Libby of Sparks, Brian and his wife Nicole of Las Vegas, and Greg and his wife Brenda of the Red Rock area.
He was predeceased by his parents, William G. Griffith and Neta Meekins Griffith and by his siblings Melvin, Jewel Griffith Herndon, Taft, Trannie and Bess Griffith Moore.
Glen will be inurned in the Griffith family plot in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
A graveside farewell is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Broken Bow/McCurtain County Cemetery.
Arrangements are through Brumley Funeral Home.
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Broken Bow Cemetery
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