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Dr. Glenn W. Oyler, a retired metallurgical engineer and world traveler died on December 29, 2012 at 89 of cancer. He was surrounded by his 2 loving daughters at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2006, he moved with his daughter, Sherry to Albuquerque to be close to his other daughter, Terry. After retirement, he served as a dance host on several cruise ship lines for 20 years on 305 cruises on 42 different cruise ships visiting 160 countries. Many countries he visited multiple times such as traveling 38 times to Spain, 62 times to Italy, and 64 times to England. After Glenn stopped cruising he enjoyed his life in Albuquerque dancing weekly with his two daughters, playing bridge and working out. He traveled to 9 countries in the past 3 years. In fact, less than 2 months before his death he was counting wildlife on a 21- day African safari! Dr. Oyler was born on September 28, 1923 in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania (near Chambersburg), the son of the late H. Lester and the late Edna Walker Oyler. He attended a one-room school (Falling Spring School) the Stoufferstown School and graduated from Chambersburg High School in 1941. He was raised on a farm during the Depression when there was no electricity and farm work was accomplished using horses. The family farm was originally bought by his grandfather (John Milton Oyler) in 1919 and then bought by his father H. Lester Oyler in 1935. The family moved off of the farm in 1941. The farm is still owned by the family (Glenn's three children, his 2 nephews and his older brother, Ralph). Since 1956, 3 different Mennonite families (the Walter Lehman family, the Enos Lehman family and the Robert Dillard family) have farmed on the Oyler dairy farm. Glenn started his welding career in 1941 as a welder for Fairchild Aircraft Corp. and as a welder in the Army Air Corps (1942 to 1945). On May 10, 1943, the Glenn and his brother, Ralph were sent to England to serve in the Eighth Air Force where they served as welders on several airbases and provided ground support for B-17 bombers for over 300 missions of the 390th Bomb Group over Europe. They served together for 27 months in England and returned to the U.S. in August, 1945. Glenn graduated from Penn State University (B.S. degree) in 1949, from University of Pittsburgh (M.S. degree) in 1951 and from Lehigh University (Ph.D. degree) in 1953. Dr. Oyler worked for the Aluminum Company of America, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, the Linde Division of Union Carbide in Newark, New Jersey, ACF Industries in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lockheed Corporation in California, the Martin Marietta Corporation in Denver, Colorado and Martin Marietta in New Orleans. He received the initial patents on the plasma-arc cutting process and he held 5 otherpatents. Finally he worked for American Welding Society as Technical Director in Miami and as President of Welding Research Council in New York City, retiring in 1989. Dr. Oyler was a Counselor of the American Welding Societya Fellow of ASM International, a Fellow of the National Space Society, and a Fellow of the British Welding Institute. He received numerous other awards and published many papers and lectured widely about space exploration. Dr. Oyler is survived by his three children, Gary G. Oyler (an industrial sales engineer) lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Yvonne, Dr. Terry K. Crowe (Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico) lives in Albuquerque with her husband James and Dr. Sherry D. Oyler, a retired chiropractor lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico; three grandchildren: Christy Hammond of Denver, Colorado; Devan Crowe of Houston, Texas; and Hilary Crowe of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two great-grandchildren (Kaylee and Kaira), daughters of Christy. He is also survived by his brother, Ralph L. Oyler of Shippensburg. His family remembers him as a kind, gentle man who always had a positive attitude. He had a wonderful life both professionally and personally. He would encourage all to travel and experience world adventures. Donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America or a . The family would enjoy hearing about your memories of Glenn. Please visit our guestbook for Glenn W. Oyler at:
Published in Public Opinion on Jan. 6, 2013
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