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Glenn Rish, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on November 25, 2013. He was born on February 19, 1935 in Johnstown, PA, son of Glennwood and Anna Mae (Wagner) Rish.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Gerry; and his brothers, Charles Frederick and G. Richard.
Glenn is survived by his two sisters, four children, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four great- great-grandchildren.
Family includes: Christina Rainey (Johnnie) and their children, Stephanie, Jennifer, and John of Chico; Cynthia Levin (Dan) and their children, Garrett and Brianna of Sunnyvale; Glenn Rish III and his children, Amber, Erin, and Taelor of Sutter; Catherine Kline (Kelly) and their children, Hilary and Cameron of Yuba City; great grandchildren, Kalyn, Andriah, Emmalee, Madison, Jonathan, Julieann; and great great grandchildren, Tredell, Sean, Malia, Raelynn. Glenn's sisters: Dorothea E. "Sis" Boxler of Waynesboro, VA and Margaret Ann "Peggy" McGough of Stuart Draft, VA.
After graduating from Ferndale High School in Johnstown in 1952, he worked for the A&P stores, followed by a job at the Ford Motor Company in Buffalo, NY. Upon leaving Ford he served in both the Army and Air Force for a total of eight years of service, joining in 1956. He served four years in the Radio Signal Corp including a deployment to Germany. After being honorably discharged, Glenn then joined the Air Force, where he began his career at Beale Air Force Base, California in 1960. He served four years in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant in Air Force Communications.
At Beale, he met and married his wife, Gerry. They moved to Athens, Greece continuing his Air Force career specializing in global relay network communications. They returned to Sutter in 1964, where he began a 30-year career at Safeway, Inc. Glenn earned an Associated Arts degree from Yuba College in 1971.
Glenn leaves many friends and family he was close to throughout his life. He never knew a stranger. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
Glenn enjoyed gardening, giving away most of what he raised to family and neighbors. He loved his sports cars and driving them around California. He also loved music, sports, but most of all, he loved to tell wonderful stories about his life. Glenn loved his family dearly. He will always be remembered for his love of life, his kind heart, a wonderful sense of humor, and his great devotion to his family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2PM on December 13, 2013 at the Chapel of the Twin Cities, 715 Shasta St, Yuba City, CA.
A graveside service will be held at the Sutter Cemetery immediately after the Celebration of Life service. Officiating Paul Methvin, Minister.
Reception to follow at Twin Cities Church of Christ, 1033 Royo Ranchero Dr, Yuba City.
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Chapel of the Twin Cities
Yuba City, CA 95991
Published in Appeal Democrat on Dec. 6, 2013