Samuel Glenn Ellenberger

Samuel Glenn Ellenberger
Samuel Glenn Ellenberger, former Lehigh County Senior Extension Agent and community leader, died at Luther Crest Senior Living Community in Allentown on October 8. He was 93 and had a joyful and fulfilling life. Glenn began his Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension Service career in Somerset County in 1946. Five years later, he moved to Allentown where he finished his 34-year extension career in Lehigh County. Glenn was an innovator and expert in using mass media to bring together rural and urban communities. He initiated the yearly Open Gate Farm Tour for 8,000-10,000 visitors annually and which continues today; the monthly Valley Market Basket program on WLVT; a daily live radio commentary; and for 27 years his popular Garden Tips article in the Sunday Morning Call. He worked with county farmers, orchardists, and livestock producers to improve their production by providing technical information from Penn State and he shared his knowledge of gardening with county residents.In 2008, Glenn was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, which recognized his outstanding accomplishments at state and national levels. He was president of the Pennsylvania Association of County Agricultural Agents and received the National Associations Distinguished Service Award in 1963. He was the northeast regional director from 1966 to 1975, and in 1976 president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, an organization dedicated to excellence in agricultural extension. Following his retirement from extension in 1980, Glenn was a consultant to Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, Air Products and Chemicals, and Miller Chemical and Fertilizer Corporation. Additionally, he served on Lehigh Countys Assessment Appeals Board until 1985. In addition to his career, he was active in civic organizations to improve the lives of county residents and their communities. He served as a director of the Lehigh County and Allentown Chamber of Commerce, the Heart Association, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lehigh Valley. He was a president of the Parkland School Board and Allentown Lions Club (50-year member); active with the Council of Churches, Schnecksville Grange, the Lehigh County Community College Building Authority, Lehigh Valley Joint Planning Commission; and an advisor to the Allentown Fair. Since 1951, Glenn was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Board of Trustees, and when the new church was built in 1975, Chair of the Asbury Memorial Garden. Additionally, he was a 32nd degree Freemason and 50-year member of Lehigh Lodge 326. In addition to his professional and civic accomplishments, Glenn was an avid gardener who delighted in creating an outdoor kaleidoscope of colorful flowers and plants. He enjoyed sharing his bounty of flowers, vegetables, and fruits with neighbors and other friends. Also known as Reddy, Glenn enjoyed joking and regaling all with his stories. Prior to his career, Glenn graduated from Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Agriculture, 1940), after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve his countrys efforts against occupied Europe. As a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress, he completed 25 missions. He was awarded four Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary achievements. He left active duty in 1945 as a Captain. Survivors: Born in Warriors Mark, PA, on June 18, 1919, he is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lelia (Lee), of Allentown; three sons: James of Ann Arbor, MI; Daniel and his wife Gale of Emmaus; and Jay and his wife Karen of McLean, VA; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and, a sister, Jane Barber, of Andalusia, AL. Three brothers and one sister predeceased him. Services: A memorial service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m., followed by interment of his cremains in the Asbury Memorial Garden. Call in the church parlor Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Asbury Memorial Garden Fund 1533 Springhouse Road Allentown, PA 18104. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brubakerfuneralhome.com.

Published in Morning Call on Oct. 10, 2012