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Robert GLENN Obituary

GLENN, Robert Vinton "Skeeter," of Naylor's Beach, Va., departed this life on January 26, 2013, surrounded by his family. Skeeter was preceded in death by his parents, V.T. and Rebecca Pollard Glenn; three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and Herbert; and a son, Craig. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice; and three daughters, Lynda Leake (Richard), Clara Glenn (Terry) and Rebecca Paz (Gary); seven grandchildren, Elaine, Olivia, Claire, Raymond, T.C., Daniel and Scott; eight great-grandchildren, Parker, Lydia, Preston, Clayton, Gabriel, Elizabeth, Logan and Carter; and many nephews, nieces and cousins; one very devoted nephew, Barry Glenn; two very devoted cousins, Michael and Shawn Kelley. Skeeter is survived by his sister, Kathleen Summers of Little Rock, Ark. He was a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran. He retired in 1987 after 38 years as a CMS of the 192nd Tactical Fighter Group of the Virginia Air National Guard. He was the Guard's last remaining veteran of the WWII era. He was called to active duty in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and again in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. He worked in the state Adjutant General's office for 10 years and he was offered a direct commission as a captain, but turned it down because he felt he could do more for the unit as an NCO. His outspoken nature allowed him to be a key figure in the extensive reorganization of the Byrd Field base during the 1950s and 1960s. During this period of growth and numerous changes, he established the first NCO council, a key resource for NCOs. Throughout his career, he took an active role in promoting the welfare of the enlisted man. He served as the first VP of the VA Enlisted Association and later was the first person to hold consecutive one-year terms as the president of that statewide group. At his retirement in 1987, he was the only Air National Guardsman to hold the presidency of the Enlisted Association since the group's inception in 1974. After retirement, he served immediately as president of the retirees association. Skeeter and Alice spent his retirement years on the banks of the Rappahannock River at Naylor's Beach. He loved being out on the "The Rivah" and constantly having family and friends around. Skeeter and Alice spent many winters at their second home in Nokomis, Fla., where Skeeter chaired or co-chaired many events in the park where they lived. He was known for helping anyone who needed it. Skeeter was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be missed greatly. We are sure he is well into his next job reorganizing all the systems to make Heaven run more smoothly. Remains rest at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road, Richmond, Va. 23224, where the family will receive visitors Tuesday, January 29, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., and where services will be held Wednesday, January 30, at 12 p.m. Interment will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, 107 South Fifth St., Richmond, Va. 23219, or the of Greater Richmond, 4600 Cox Rd., Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on 1/29/2013 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.