Chelsea O. "Chuck" Glenn, 73, of Yukon, Ok, long-time resident of
Norman, Ok, passed into the arms of Jesus on October 30, 2021
after a battle with COVID-19. Chuck was a beloved son, husband,
grandfather "Papooh", uncle, son-in-law, nephew, cousin, and
friend to all. Earth's loss was definitely Heaven's gain.
Chuck was born in Washington D.C. September 27, 1948,
to parents: Joseph M Glenn and Naomi "Nonie" Alda (Higbee) Glenn. He was a
proud member of the Higbee clan of the Oklahoma Citizen Band
Potawatomi Nation. Chuck was a military "brat" due to his dad's
career in the Air Force. He grew up in Noble, Ok, until 5th grade
when he moved to Myrtle Beach, S. C, where he became an avid
surfer. He returned to Noble as a high school senior where he was
a standout football player.
Chuck married Ann (Coleman) Glenn in Talihina, Ok, in 1973. They
have one dearly loved son, Thomas Joseph "Tommy/Tommy Joe"
Glenn of OKC. Chuck was a proud US Navy vet who volunteered
for service in the Vietnam War immediately after graduating from
Noble High School in 1967. He did two tours of service in Vietnam.
Chuck was known for saying to any vet "Welcome home brother."
For decades he delighted many children for his ability to talk like
Chuck attended Rose State College and the University of
Oklahoma. But when Ann, who was working full time, became
pregnant with Tommy, a high risk pregnancy, he immediately quit
school and went to work full time. He worked for the US Postal
Service for 10 years until transferring to Tinker AF base in the early
80's as a civilian employee building aircraft fuel control systems.
He retired from Tinker in 2006 as an industrial tech Planner after a
brutal battle with stage 3+ esophageal cancer in 2001. He was
expected to live less than a year by the world renowned cancer
hospitals that declined him treatment because he was "terminal".
But God had other plans and led him to Cancer Treatment Centers
of America. God granted him 20 bonus years- unheard of in the
EC world. Post retirement, he especially enjoyed working part for
former student Nathanael Weber, Norman. After moving closer to
his grands, once they all were in school he enjoyed selling boats
part time at Cabela’s.
He coached Tommy in football, a traveling baseball team, Optimist
basketball and soccer. Chuck also enjoyed playing competitive
sports into his early 60's, especially church league basketball and
softball where he was an outstanding pitcher and the solo "old
man" on a team of 20's-30's. He loved motorcycles and rode
everything from dirt bikes to street bikes.
The greatest event in Chuck Glenn's life occurred in 1983 when he
and Ann became believers in Christ and their lives completely
changed. For 30+ years they taught pre-k, elementary, middle
school and youth at Norman Trinity Baptist church. He taught
youth boys how to shake hands and be a true gentleman. In recent
years he taught 4th and 5th grade Sunday School at Church of the
Servant in OKC. He openly shared his faith with others.
Chuck was preceded in death by his sweet parents and sister,
Christine "Tena" Gifford, and his father and mother-in-law, Tom
and Marie Coleman. He is survived by wife, Ann; son, Tommy; beloved
grandchildren: Brooklyn, Kayley, Joey, and Gunnar Glenn of Edmond
OK. He is also survived by Ann's niece whom they proudly consider
their "daughter" Wendy Hyde (Robbie) of Goldsby, Ok and "bonus
grands" Evan Hyde Pierce (Zac), Mady Hyde, Holly Hyde Haley
(Chandler), and Aden Hyde all of Goldsby/Washington, OK and 5
bonus "great grands" Tatum, Talen, Sutton, Parker Ann and Averi.
He is also survived by his Gifford family and their children, his
uncle, Ron Higbee of Norman and his OK Higbee cousins, his
Indiana Glenn cousins, and friends.
Ann and Tommy would like to thank Dr. Christopher Edge of
Norman and his staff for the exceptional and compassionate care
they have provided our family. But clearly, no one could override
God's calling Chuck home. His years had all been written in God's
book of life (Psalm 139:16) and his last day was October 30, 2021.
A celebration of Chuck's life will be at 2 pm, November 22 at
Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd, OKC, OK 73142.
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