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A Eulogy for My Father, Glenn Shirley Glasgow

The following eulogy was given by Mr. Glasgow's first born son, at the services for Shirley Glasgow on Monday, January 4, 2010, at the Columbia United Methodist Church. Mr. Glasgow was one of Adair County's most beloved citizens of all times.

Thank you for being here today. We all recall the commandment "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother".

Today we gather to honor Glenn Shirley Glasgow, husband to Frances Glasgow for 67 years, father to myself, Mike, and Susan, Grandfather to Elizabeth, Lauren, Kendra, and Austin, and Uncle to his niece, Mary Lee Link, and nephew, Steve Glasgow, family elder to his extended family, many of whom have traveled great distance to be here today, and a friend to many of you.

How shall we remember this man? Of his many wonderful attributes, I will comment on only a few.

We remember his wonderful sense of humor. Dad loved a good joke and was quick with a quip. In his rest home, I gave him this cowbell to ring to summon his caregivers. "Dad, I said, when you need help, ring this cowbell. He said,"Well, I reckon now I'll have to get a cow!"

He loved food and festival. We laughingly said that he never met a piece of fried chicken that he didn't like! My Uncle Tommy Tutt said "Shirley Glasgow's best meal was always the one he had just eaten!" Dad loved family gatherings, and we were able to provide him with many family events this past year.

We remember him for his consistency and duration of service to organizations, which was measured not in years but in tens of years. He taught his Sunday School class for 45 years. My brother will speak of his service to the Fire department.We remember him for his simplicity. He rarely asked for material items; Mom always said that Dad was a man content with the simplest of things.

We remember his service to country as a medic on Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944, an experience of which he rarely spoke. 2009 was the 65th D-Day anniversary and, on June 6, I asked "Dad, do your remember where you were 65 years ago, to which he responded with a simple "Yes!" A true silent hero.

We remember his generosity. Many an Adair County farmer, strapped for cash to pay a fertilizer bill, remembers Dad's leniency extending payment terms and bill due dates.

The first year he and Mom farmed after the war, they cleared $18. A war veteran, missing a limb, came to the farm selling farm magazine subscriptions. Mom said Dad spent nearly all of their $18 on a lifetime subscription.

We remember his love of farming. In 1946, enrolled in the spring semester at Lindsey Wilson. He said he looked out the classroom window and realized it was time to break ground for corn; he never returned to school.

We remember him for his love of family; he provided for his family and saw that his children were well cared for and educated.

And we remember his love for his wife, so well expressed in his first letter to me shortly after my birth in 1944. I hope you had a chance to read it.

We also remember he preferred short sermons to long sermons! So, while I could say much, much more, let me finish by saying "We will remember that he was a truly good man!

Glenn P. (Pat) Glasgow/January 3, 2010

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A WWII letter to a new born son

2010-01-06 - Photo from Glagow family album. This letter, written to me shortly after my birth, is a letter that myfamily and I have long cherished. Corporal Glasgow was somewhere inWales, preparing for the D-Day invasion. I arrived on a snowy winter'snight and my mother's best friend, Nancy Cobb, rushed from thedelivery room to telegram Dad of my birth.

Dad used the typewriter ofhis commanding officer, Captain Clark, to prepare the letter. Thetypographical errors, additions, and other features many well expressthe excitement Dad experienced on receipt of the news that he had ason.

The letter, 65 years old, doesn't copy well, but its messages areclear! I share it now, just as it was typed, with all of our manyfamily friends in Adair County as many of those attending hisvisitation asked me to do so. It is a tribute not only to my father,but to his wife, Frances, whom he loved so much. The lastsentence Tell her that I am well, and that she shouldn't worry aboutme is so typical of Dad and is just as applicable today as it was onFebruary 12, 1944. Rest assured Dad, I have given her that message! -Glenn P. (Pat) Glasgow, Jan. 5, 2010.


s/Glenn P. (Pat) Glasgow

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