Glenn Spencer

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Born at home on a farm in Redwater, TX, the youngest of 8 children, Glenn was proud of his roots. His family experienced hardship, tempered by the love and support of a large family, during the Great Depression. Glenn was 17 years old when he graduated from high school in 1944. He immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corp. Too young for active duty he spent a year at LSU in the ASTP program before being activated into the regular AAC serving 1945-1946. He also served one year in the US Merchant Marines. In 1948 Glenn accepted a job with Foster Wheeler Construction Company as labor cost accountant and office manager. In 1950 he was sent to Venezuela for 2 years. In 1953 he worked for Bechtel Corp. in Saudi Arabia for 2 years. Realizing he needed to earn a college degree, Glenn returned to the US and enrolled at the University of Houston in the spring of 1955. He worked 20 hours per week and carried a full load of classes, graduating with honors in 1958 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was very active in ASCE for many years and worked hard with that group to halt the pumping of ground water in Harris County which had resulted in dramatic subsidence problems. In 1954 Glenn met LuNan Lakey and they were married in 1955. 2016 marked their 61st Anniversary. Their 3 daughters, Catherine, Carolyn, and Susanne brought him unbounded joy and happiness, involving himself in all their activities. He helped them in every way to work toward their life goals. After completing his degree Glenn worked with various companies, but the job he enjoyed most was his work at Johnson Space Center, 1965-1988. He worked in the facilities area with his Civil Engineering skills and in later years in the area of Environmental Engineering. The exciting years of space exploration filled him with a sense of awe and satisfaction. Glenn was a committed Christian and participated fully in the life of the church wherever he attended. He educated himself to appreciate opera, classical music, and art. The popular music of the '40s and '50s, Broadway shows, and a little Willie Nelson made him happy. He was a great dancer and could do a terrific jitterbug routine, which he taught all his daughters. He delighted in friends, new and old, babies, fine food and country cooking, East Texas and its piney woods, cutting firewood, his fireplace, chocolate pie, gardening, travel, U of H football and Phi Slama Jama, and good scotch. Glenn was predeceased by his parents Gaskell and Edna Spencer; his siblings Eva, Varadaman, Herman, Jeannette, Marvis, Mike, and Bill; and his daughter Susanne. He is survived by his wife LuNan, daughters Catherine (Dana) Whitney and Carolyn (Lionel) Ortiz, grandchildren William Davidson, Alice Munier, Sands Ortiz, Hannah McGrew, Grace and Grant Skaggs, son-in-law Raleigh Skaggs, niece Paula Thompson, and nephews Rex Spencer and James Clary. Memorial services for Glenn were held September 3, 2016 at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Susanne Spencer Skaggs Endowed Scholarship Fund in care of Marissa Alviar, Development Associate, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701.


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Published on from Sept. 12 to Sept. 25, 2016
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