Glenn A. Gearhard
Glenn A. Gearhard, 92, of Boise, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 29.
Glenn was born on November 14, 1921, the second of four children to Riley and Ada Gearhard. The family moved to Boise in 1932, and Glenn graduated from Boise High School in 1939. After graduation, Glenn worked for Morrison-Knudson at Pearl Harbor and Midway Island.
Glenn entered military service in the US Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater, notably at the Battle of Okinawa, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, Glenn was posted in Korea until his Honorable Discharge in 1946. Glenn continued his service to the country by joining the Idaho Army National Guard in 1947 and continued as a Master Sergeant until 1962. Thereafter, Glenn enlisted in the Idaho Air National Guard and continued as First Sergeant in the 124th Combat Support Squadron until his retirement from service in 1980.
Outside of his military service, Glenn used his skills from Morrison-Knudson and became a plumber in Boise after World War II. He was self-employed at the time that he met and married his wife, Barbra (Tomlin), in 1953. Thereafter, he served as Plumbing Inspector for the City of Boise until 1974, at which time he served firstly as Chief Plumbing Inspector and then Bureau Chief for the Idaho State Plumbing Safety Bureau until his retirement in 1986. Glenn also was a Board member and as President of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials.
Glenn also was a member of the Masonic Order at Idaho Lodge# 47 in Meridian, serving five-times as Worshipful Master.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Barbra, his three sons Glenn, James, and David, his older brother Wayne and his younger sister Sue.
Services are scheduled for January 4, 2014 at 1pm at Bowman Funeral Home in Garden City. In lieu of flowers please send donation to the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com
Published in Idaho Statesman on Jan. 1, 2014