Glenn E. Levy EMC, age 93 of Oregon, OH passed away on December 11, 2018 at Landings of Oregon. He was born February 8, 1925 to Edward and Helen Levy of Berwyn, IL. Glenn weighed 3 lbs. at birth. He was drafted his senior year of high school serving in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46. Glenn was sent to Purdue University for electrical engineering. He was promoted to 3rd class electrician. Glenn was sent overseas on the U.S.S. Herald, a minesweeper for 1 year. He served in many invasions in Okinawa, Saipan and Taiwan. Glenn transferred to the U.S.S. Lauderdale, a troopship for 1 year serving in the Pacific and Philippines. Glenn crossed the Pacific 7 times, bringing the troops home after the war. He was promoted to 2nd class in 2 years. Glenn was discharged in April 1946. He received 5 medals, 3 bronze stars and ribbons.
After 2 years, Glenn joined the Coast Guard and given 3rd class. He was sent to the USCG Sundew for 2 months and transferred to USCG Tupelo, Bay View, Toledo, OH. He met his love Doris Burger at the Coliseum Roller Rink in November 1948. While on the Tupelo, the ship was breaking ice going to Buffalo. The ship was damaged and in Toledo ship yards for repair. Glenn and Doris married February 22, 1951. Glenn made 2nd class. Glenn was transferred to the USCG Base, Detroit, MI. He made 1st class electrician. Debbie was born Nov 1953. In March 1954 Glenn was transferred to Sault St. Marie, MI for 14 months. Glenn was transferred to USCG Base, Boston, MA. He was sent for 1 year to Cape Christian, Baffin Island, Canada. He was at the Arctic transmitting station; he manned the station, the only electrician with only 13 men. Glenn came back to Boston and was transferred to USCG Base Milwaukee, WI. Carol was born June 2, 1957. After 2 years he transferred to the 9S321 patrol boat in Rye, NH for 1 year then transferred to the USCG Spar in Bristol, RI. While there the ship hit Ohio Ledge and tore 75 feet of the bottom of the ship. Glenn and Smitty had the duty down there that day. It flooded immediately. Just made it up the steps and closed the door. The small boats were lowered and towed the Spar to shore. After 5 days in Davisville, RI Ship Yards, The Spar went to Curtis Bay, MD for 5 months repair. Glenn II was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital November 1963. Glenn made Chief Electrician in 1961.
After 4 years he transferred to the USCG Eastwind ice breaker-Operation Deep Freeze. Making trips in 3 months, 63’, 64’, again in 64’ and 65’ for 7 months to the Antarctic and circumnavigated to the Arctic. He was sent for 2 months to the Arctic on the USCG Edisto, November and December. He retired from USCG Base Boston January 1, 1966, receiving 4 medals, 4 bronze stars and ribbons.
After retirement, we moved back to Oregon, OH. He worked 21 years at AP Parts, retiring in May 1987. Family, friends and doctors enjoyed his humor and wit. His hobbies were trains, and dancing 26 years with Doris at 5 senior centers. Glenn traveled 12 years with the WPOS radio station. He loved all his family. Glenn attended Hope Community Church. He was a member of VFW 2510, later Consaul Post #4906 and American Legion Post #537, the Lighthouse Society and Jackman Eagles.
Survivors are Doris his loving wife of 67 years; daughters Deborah Levy, Carol (Chris) Gillingham and son Glenn (Charlene) Levy II; grandchildren Nathan and Jen Quigg, Marc and Carrie Quigg, Robert and Sierra Gillingham, Bruce and Sue Gillingham, Nichole and Jason Richie, Ashley and Tony Holdren; great grandchildren Cali Jo and Kara Quigg, Emily and Alysia Quigg, Chloe and Caleb Gillingham and Adilynn; 3 more came 3 years ago, Isabella, Cali Jo and Deyonno to their parents Robert and Sierra; 4 more came to our family, Bryce, Morgan, Connor and Grant to their parents Glenn and Charlene Levy. Glenn is also survived by his in-laws Gerry and Jerry Kline, Joyce Hosley, Bob and Toni Burger and Donna Oately. He is preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in-law Ray and Gertie Burger McKinney and stepfather-in-law Rev. Glenn McKinney; in-laws Ray Burger Jr., Carolyn Burger, Don and Mary Monroe, Leland and Joanne Zunk, Paul and Ruth Wescott, John and Fran Burger, Rolland and Mae Burger, Delmont Hosley and Ron Oatley and great grandson Caleb Gillingham.
Thank you to Landings of Oregon for his care and Hospice Southern Care, especially to Mary Beth and Angie. Thank you to the Bollmans and Cranmores for their help. Glenn suffered from Asbestosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Alzheimer’s.
Family and friends may visit the Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 2-8 p.m. with an American Legion service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2018 with the family to receive guests after 10 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions can be made in Glenn’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Care Hospice, 6545 W. Central Ave. Suite 103, Toledo, OH 43617