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Claude "Glenn" Wilson


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Claude "Glenn" Wilson Obituary
CLAUDE "GLENN" WILSON, born to William Claud and Lata May Wilson on August 13, 1922, died at the age of 93 at his home on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:55 am. Raised in Ardmore, OK, he graduated from Ardmore High School in 1940 and earned an A.S. Degree from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK as WW2 ramped up in 1942. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma but soon volunteered for the Artillery. Glenn was a "90-day wonder" as he had terrific math skills and chemistry knowledge and soon was sailing across the Atlantic in preparation for D Day as a 2nd LT in Gen. Patton's 3rd Army, 87th Infantry, 334th Field Artillery, Battery C. His LST experienced rough seas crossing the English Channel and had to turn back to repair damage before engaging in heavy battle at St Lo, France before pushing north into the Battle of the Bulge. Glenn typically spent two weeks on the front lines in field observation alternating commanding the guns for Battery C and earned a Bronze Star for his exceptional commitment during battle. Glenn was promoted to Captain as battery commander by the end of the war and returned to the University of Oklahoma to complete a degree in Civil Engineering. Glenn earned a bachelor's in civil engineering, obtained professional engineer and surveyor's licenses in the states of OK, TX, NM, AZ and CA and later earned a masters in Public Administration from the Univ of So Cal. Battle worn, Glenn chose to love others and sought peace, joy and understanding. He was guided by the love of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Glenn married his true love, Mary Ann (McLeod) Wilson, in 1948, having been married 58 years before her passing in 2007. They moved to Riverside, CA in 1960 after living 11 years in Ardmore, OK and Ft Worth, TX. Glenn was the City Engineer, Public Works Director and later, City Manager for the City of Colton, CA. He served as Public Works Director and City Engineer for the City of San Bernardino before starting up GTS Associates, Inc., in 1983, an engineering services company, with his sons as part of the engineering staff, wife as treasurer and daughter as office manager. Glenn was a devoted family man and is survived by his four children: Timothy Wilson and wife, Robin, of Hemet, CA; Claudia Burr and husband, John, of Sun City West, AZ; Scott Wilson and wife, Susan, of Tustin, CA; and Salli Wilson and husband, Todd, of Redlands, CA. Glenn was delighted to be grandfather of twelve grandchildren: Laura Wilson and Ashley Thompson of Hemet, CA; Lisa Gregg of Brooklyn, NY; Lynn Thompson of Oviedo, FL; Katherine Vosahlo of Kennewick, WA; Keith, Katherine, Karley and Kenton Wilson of Tustin, CA; and Glenni and Jamie Rankin and Dale Wilson of Redlands, CA. He also has four great-grandchildren: Devin Burr and Addison Hubbard of Kennewick, WA and Kylie and Liam Thompson of Hemet, CA. He was proud of his Methodist heritage as grandson and great grandson of Methodist preachers and had the scripture on his desk of John 13:35, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." He loved, laughed and lived. He served God, his community, and his family with grace and honor. Services will be held at Redlands First United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Redlands First United Methodist Church, 1 Olive Street, Redlands, CA 92373 or the Boy Scouts of America, 1230 Indiana Street, Redlands, CA 92374.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 4, 2015
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