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Ralph Gene Glenn passed away suddenly July 7, 2006. He was born in Mounds Oklahoma, to John (Odie) and Florence Glenn, on May 27, 1927.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II with the 508th Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division.

Upon his return to the U.S., he met and married Betty Bassham, on October 6 1947. They resided in Ellinwood, Kansas for 28 years, where he was president and owner of the Glenn & Smith Pipe Pulling Company and served as a Deacon of the Calvary Baptist Church.

After selling his company and retiring, he continued to serve the Lord through mission work with the Southern Baptist Convention. His volunteering led him to work at the Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in New Mexico, the Baptist Seminary in Ruschelcon, Switzerland, in Samoa, the Valley Baptist Retreat in Mission, Texas, and in Honolulu, Lihue, Waianae, and Eleele, Hawaii, off and on for the last 31 years. He has been a devoted member and Deacon of the Highland Park Baptist Church, in Edmond, Oklahoma, for the past 10 years. Since his retirement, Ralph spent nearly every day of his life helping someone in need. His service, kindness, and positive attitude, as well as his never-tiring enthusiasm for life and work, will be remembered by anyone who met him. Ralph was an inspiration to all of us to see and follow, and his family will forever miss his quiet leadership, love, and generosity.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Betty; three daughters, Donna Bertch of Sanger, Texas, Jackie Sharpe and husband, Bruce of Oklahoma City, Lesa Hale and husband, Ken of Norman; and one son, Stephen and wife, Linda of Holcomb, Kansas; as well as foster daughter, Hae Won Souza of Calabasas, California; 10 grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Marcelene, Margaret, and Betty; and 3 brothers, George, John, and Butch. He wasn't educated, but he could teach you. He wasn't trained to do anything, but he could do everything. He didn't read well, but he was an avid reader. He wasn't a clown, but he could make you laugh. He was everyone's friend, but he was our BEST friend and our DAD. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Highland Park Baptist Church of Edmond.

[Published in The Oklahoman on 7/11/2006]

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