Glen Wayne Alspaugh, age 80, loved God, family and writing poetry. Glen passed from this life June 19, 2013, at his home with his wife by his side, as a result of a brave battle with cancer.
Glen was born to Lewis and Frances (Varana) Alspaugh May 22, 1933, at the home of his grandparents at Cumro. Glen spent his childhood with his parents and siblings in Custer County on a farm near Callaway. His family moved to Broken Bow in 1941 and spent the World War II years in Broken Bow attending school there.
When Glen was 17 he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, Calif. for basic training. Later he was chosen for training as a hospital corpsman. After Corpsman school he was transferred to the Fleet Marines and sent to Korea for a year of combat service after which he returned to the States and remained in the Marines for the remainder of his military duty.
Following his discharge from the Marines he was united in marriage to Sue Schaffer. She brought two little daughters into the marriage. Glen loved and took care of the little girls like they were his own. To this union one daughter, Dyana, was born. The family then made their home in Longview, Wash., where Glen was employed by Fred Myer and Shop and Kart Grocery Stores where he was manager of the produce department.
Glen’s marriage to Sue ended in divorce. He later married Cathy Flanders. Cathy brought three children into the home and Glen learned to love then as his own.
It was during this time of his life that Glen accepted Christ as his Savior and held him close in his heart the remainder of his life. Cathy passed away in May 2001.
Later in life he married a dear friend, Cindy Yaples. Cindy also had three children Glen welcomed.
Glen had many interests; he loved to work with wood creating many beautiful pieces of furniture. He also wrote poetry that was enjoyed by family and friends. He loved antiques and enjoyed collecting them. Glen was a kind and caring man. His last wish was to donate his body to cancer research thinking he might help someone later.
Glen is survived by wife, Cindy; daughter, Dyana; step-children, Donna, Debby, Jim, Robby, Shelby, Cassie, Lexie, and Pat; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Alspaugh and Roger Alspaugh; sisters, Jean Pomplun and Shirley Lange. He was preceeded in death by his parents; wife, Cathy; and brothers, Don and Ron; and a devoted little friend - his dog Jake.
Inurnment will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery Sept. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roger McDermmott officiating, with military honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 29, 2013