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Glenn Norman Foy

1956-2015. The family of Glenn Norman Foy is deeply grieved to report his death, on April 3, 2015, in the crash of his private plane in Boone County, Indiana. Glenn's inexhaustible energy, self-discipline and inborn technical aptitude combined with a quiet generosity, a deep-seated sense of fairness and honesty and an adventurous spirit of fun to create a broad network of friends, family, associates and clients bound to him by respect, loyalty and affection.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1956, Glenn accompanied his family to the United States not long after, when they emigrated to New Castle, Indiana. He attended St. Anne School through third grade, when the family relocated to Indianapolis. Glenn attended St. Joan of Arc primary school and Northview Junior High School in Indianapolis, and graduated from North Central High School in 1974.

In junior high, Glenn embarked on a lifelong love affair with the internal combustion engine, leading to a years-long parade of vehicles that would range from dirtbikes to dumptrucks to sportscars to airplanes. He began to show an impressive knack for those vehicles' mechanics and materials, proving adept as both a craftsman and a self-taught engineer.

In 1983, he built on those skills to create a company, Best Equipment & Welding Inc. Originally dedicated to constructing and servicing loading-dock equipment, the firm would become an all-purpose fabricator of metal products, with 22 full-time employees. The steady growth of the business required him to spend increasing amounts of time behind his desk, but Glenn considered that merely a necessary evil: His associates say he never went a day without getting his hands dirty.

Glenn played as hard as he worked, and was an avid long-distance cyclist who participated in multiple 24-hour rides. In 1988 he took up skydiving, which soon developed into a full-blown interest in flying. He bought his first plane, a Cessna 177 Cardinal, in the early 1990s, and followed that some years later with the purchase of an aerobatic Yak-52 military trainer. He got great joy out of flying the Yak and, best of all, made sure others did too: Numerous friends, relatives and acquaintances have had the pleasure of soaring through Indiana's skies with Glenn at the controls. In time he linked up with other pilots in the "warbird" community, becoming a respected regular participant in exhibition flying at airshows and other events.

Glenn is survived by his siblings, Barry (May Wu), Wendy Brewster and Anne Eyl (Steve); nieces and nephews Reid, Derek and Kiley Brewster, and Gabrielle and Alec Eyl; and Sheryl Vaughn, his companion of eight years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Winfred and Margaret Foy, and his friend and brother-in-law Mark Brewster. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 3, at the Palomino Ballroom, 481 S. County Rd. 1200 East, Zionsville, IN, at 1pm; the family invites all who cherish Glenn's memory to attend. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Anna's House (annashousemsc.org). Arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary - Smith Carmel Chapel.




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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 19, 2015.
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May 17, 2019
Even to this day it doesn't seem real, thanks for everything you taught me. Your work ethic was amazing,and to this day I strive to best it. Thanks for the opportunities you gave me. You will always be missed by me and my family. RIP my friend.
Stephen Hartbarger
April 14, 2019
Thunder over Louisville April 13th 2019. . . I felt you in spirit
Tracy Burmeister
Friend
May 31, 2016
Miss you
Diane Stegemoller
May 31, 2016
Thinking of you my friend
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Diane Stegemoller
April 19, 2016
Think of you often... I know you are watching from above and feel your presence in each plane I clean... Thanks for all you taught me! Til we meet again, you will always be in my heart❤ Miss you! "(badly) "
Tracy Burmeister
April 3, 2016
Thinking of you today....
Diane Stegemoller
March 9, 2016
Thought about Glen all night... Wish all friends, jumpers and pilots could get together.For no reason the song Sunspot Baby ( Seeger) was in my head.Miss that smile!
Diane Stegemoller
February 12, 2016
Missing you...
Diane Stegemoller
May 21, 2015
RIP Glenn, to his family so sorry for your loss.
Teena Austin
May 4, 2015
Though I hadn't seen Glenn in at least 20 years I think of him regularly as I drive by his old house in Sherwood Forest when I go to visit my dad. I ran around with him when we were teenagers in our neighborhood and have a lot of fun and fond memories. He was always fun, he was always kind, he was always useful. I'm glad he went out doing something he loved, I just wish it hadn't been so soon. Peace to his siblings and other loved ones.
Lee Ann Zobbe
May 3, 2015
I attended an amazing memorial today for my sweet friend Glenn Foy. It was exactly as he would have wanted it. His brother did such a great job with all of his family memories and stories. His pilots family gave a tremendous flyover as part of the ceremony and it was something that I will never forget. Blue skies and calm winds forever Glenn. You made the lives of so many others better, just by being who you were and I will never forget you. With all my love,
Mary
Mary Hogan
May 3, 2015
Formation flying over Louisville, KY
Glenn made my son's 13th birthday extra special by taking him on his first flight in 2007. That's just the kind of guy he was. Some of my fondest memories with Glenn are of flying, whether we were on a memorial flyover or on our way to Florida to watch a shuttle launch or just down to Columbus for lunch, we always had a great time. You leave a hole in my heart, brother. I will never forget you.
Dave Leversen
May 3, 2015
It was my privilege to know Glenn. Truly a good person. He will be missed.
John Dobrota
May 2, 2015
you will be missed gene, rh cowan company
paul beyer
April 29, 2015
It was a great pleasure to meet Glenn and to do business with him. He was honest, straight-forward and dedicated. Thanks Glenn for the opportunity to work with you!
Eric Pugh
April 29, 2015
Glenn was my first civilian formation ride. I knew he was top drawer then and he proved to be a superb wing man and leader as well as being a loyal and special friend. I miss his fellowship, good humor, wit and knowledge. God is lucky to have you near.
Jack Lindsay
April 24, 2015
RIP
April 22, 2015
On behalf of the Lafayette Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (we helped look for Glenn), I wish to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Blue skies and tailwinds, Glenn.
Lt. Blake Graham, CAP
April 22, 2015
I graduated from North Central High School with Glenn. The last time I saw him was probably a class reunion 20 to 30 years ago, until I saw his picture on the news. Go in peace Glenn.
Tom Potter
April 21, 2015
Glen was a vendor at my shop and always call me by my name when he would visit. He always took time to stop and visit and share a laugh. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE PEOPLE LIKE GLENN.
Kevin Anderson
April 20, 2015
Glenn, Prayers to you my friend. Thank you for everything that you have taught me over the last 5 years. Your weekly presence in my life is greatly missed. RIH
David Pennington
April 20, 2015
glen fix'n to leave the Franklin field
Glenn and I shared lots of conversations over biking and flying. Glen flew to Franklin flying field to watch my beginning flights in a powered para glider. I purchased his Klein bike for my wife as it matched mine.
We worked on a project together recently for panhandle eastern.
Glen it was my privilege to know you! God rest you my friend.
dennis Thomas
April 20, 2015
I will surely miss Glenn, will miss the quick step, he was always in front of me, and the quick wit. We had many talks on how our businesses were so much alike and our outlook on them. It was a pleasure to have him as a friend, gone way too soon.
Dick Waggoner
April 20, 2015
Sharon Wright
April 20, 2015
Glenn - thanks for everything - enjoyed working with you on projects - Arvin, Commins etc. will miss your amazing energy, positive attitude and aerial tails! You set the example for living life to fullest!
Doug Elliott
April 19, 2015
Well said Joe Montfort.... Never forget Abaco....
Diane Stegemoller
April 19, 2015
Well said Joe Montfort.... Never forget Abaco....
Diane Stegemoller
April 19, 2015
He was a wonderful man and I certainly enjoyed flying with him...R.IP. My friend.... Blue sky's forever,.
Diane Stegemoller
April 19, 2015
April 19, 2015
April 19, 2015
My flying day with Glenn in 2009
Glenn had a positive impact on anyone who knew him. He was a man with whom you could trust your life without reservation, and that I sincerely felt privileged to know. He is deeply loved and will be very sorely missed by us all. Love you brother - may you always find fair winds and clear skies.
Jon Wray
April 19, 2015
New Orleans 2006
Awww, Spongie.. Have looked at the sky for years whenever I hear a small (loud!) plane. Here's to you flying high on the other side. This pic is from Jazz Fast in 2006. Notice the peanut earring!
Susie Gibson Stafford
April 19, 2015
Glenn, there aren't words to express the sadness in our hearts. You were a true friend and always considered like family to us. John loved flying with you and sharing the common bond of Yak ownership. You are thought of every time we go flying. We will never forget you.....blue skies my friend.
Erin Shuttleworth
April 19, 2015
Such a sad day. A good man taken from all of us much to soon. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and friends. You will be missed but the memories in all the lives you touched will live forever .
Lynda Mockler
April 19, 2015
I am deeply saddened to my core with the loss of Glenn, still staring at his face in photos with disbelief and the realization that I will no longer be able to see or talk to him ever again. I feel the grief with the passing of my old friend, but offer my deepest condolences and comfort to Wendy, Anne and Barry in losing your Brother. Love you, Slim Glenn, I will always miss you and never forget you, Soar high and always, my brother.
Dan Reed
April 19, 2015
Glenn, the world will be different without you in it. You have always been one of my dearest friends, one who will be my "birthday buddy" always. You indeed had a life well lived, I will miss you forever. Fly high and look over your many, many friends and family. God rest your soul.
Mary Hogan
April 19, 2015
We are so sorry for the loss of a long time good friend My wife and I met for the first time in Glenns Chevy van in the Seventies and both of us will always remember that . FLY HIGH GLEEN
Geoff & Sally Sellmer
April 19, 2015
My condolences to the Foy Family. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time (Isaiah 66:13) and may you find hope in His promise: Hosea 13:14
L G
April 19, 2015
Dear Barry, Wendy and Anne. I am deepley saddened by the loss of Glenn. I will forever remember the outstanding friend and person that he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Bill Lambert
Bill Lamberrt
April 19, 2015
Glenn, although our lives together went in different directions you were always Special to me! Always a part of my heart❤...I know you touched many lives especially mine and know you will be greatly missed by all , You left life doing something you love , God has a new Angel !! Memories Forever...
Diana Rahrig
April 19, 2015
Glenn, although our lives together went in different directions you were always Special to me! Always a part of my heart❤...I know you touched many lives especially mine and know you will be greatly missed by all , You left life doing something you love , God has a new Angel !!
Diana Rahrig
April 18, 2015
A true friend of great character and heart. It was an honor sharing life experiences with you. Many memories, stories and snapshots of life. May your skies be blue and the winds calm my friend. As you would say. "A life well lived"
Joe Monfort
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