Glenn Alexander Dow, married to Marybeth Trewhitt of Hanford for 68 years, died on September 24, 2013 at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, CA. He was 90.
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Mr. Dow was born on November 10, 1922 and was raised in Ft. Worth, TX. After two and a half years of college he was called to serve in the US Army Air Corps in 1943. After graduating from flight training as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1944, he was assigned to flying B-24 heavy bombers, stationed near Foggia, Italy. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 346th Squadron, 350th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force at Pisa, Italy, to serve with his twin brother, Maj. Hugh D. Dow, also a fighter pilot. He flew 51 dive bombing missions in the P-47 'Thunderbolt' fighter - in the Italian Alps and Germany, destroying depots, railroad tracks, and bridges to stop supplies from going to the German army. He was injured by German 20mm cannon fire through the cockpit of his aircraft, earning the Purple Heart Medal.
After returning from the war as a 1st Lt. he married Marybeth who he met while in Basic Flight Training at Lemoore Army Air Base, CA. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1947 from the Univ. of Texas, Austin. He worked in the oil exploration business in four states including CO. where he was an independent oil and gas producer in Denver. He was a member of Montview Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder. After 32 years in Denver he and his wife moved in 1987 to their vineyard ranch in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, CA where they grew premium cabernet and chardonnay grapes from the late 70s until they retired in 1995. They moved to a retirement community in Fairfield, CA in 1998.
He became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution in 2005. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing golf, fly fishing, WWII history, San Francisco Giants and choral singing.
Mr. Dow was the son of the late Percy Alexander Dow and Nell (Pierce) Dow. He is predeceased by his younger brother Donald. He is survived by: his wife Marybeth, four children, seven grandchildren, his twin brother, Hugh (Elizabeth), many cousins, nieces and nephews, and many of his wife's cousins in Hanford. Internment will be at a later date at the Hanford Cemetery.
Remembrance donations may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on Oct. 4, 2013