Herbert ‘Herb’ A. Glenn
Herbert “Herb” A. Glenn, 70, of Crescent City, Fla., passed away unexpectedly, living life to the fullest, on June 28, 2019.
Herb was born in Danville, Ill., on February 11, 1949, to John and Mae Glenn.
Herb began working at FMC Corp. in the fall of 1966 while he was still in high school. He graduated from Hoopeston High School in 1967 and began attending Danville Junior College.
On August 23, 1969, he married the love of his life, Diane Lingley, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston, Ill.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1969, was deployed to Vietnam where he proudly served, and was later honorably discharged.
Herb and his family settled in Wellington, Ill., where he served on the Wellington School Board and returned to FMC. He worked his way up through the ranks at FMC becoming the plant supervisor before his early retirement in 1992. Herb and Diane then moved to Crescent City, Fla., where together they ran The Flower Hut Florist & Greenhouses. Herb also worked for Flagler County EMS until his retirement in 2005.
Herb believed in community and giving back. In high school he coached Little League and his love of coaching carried through his adult life when his girls where playing softball. He enjoyed refereeing and umpiring and you could find him most evenings at one sporting event or another. He also served on the girls’ softball league board. For a number of years Herb was also a 4-H Leader.
He had a love for learning and teaching. He went to school and became an EMT and served his community on the Hoopeston Volunteer Ambulance Service. He continued his education and later became an EMT-I. In 1992, Herb was awarded the Illinois EMT of the Year; Emergency Services was truly his passion.
After moving to Florida, he joined the Crescent City Fire Department and was promoted to captain. In 1998 he became chief of the Georgetown-Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department, where he was the chief for 21 years. He used his love of teaching to train and inspire many people to join the fire service and serve their community.
Herb was a member of South Putnam Church and served on the SPC Medical Mission Team. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, riding his motorcycle, traveling and living life to the fullest. He loved spending time with family and planning family vacations. His pride and joy were the ones that called him Papa.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Glenn of Crescent City; four daughters, Paige (Toby) Brown of Rossville, Ill., Teresa Hayes of Hoopeston, Tanya (Kevin) Tovey of Wellington, and Michelle (J.R.) Grimes of Georgetown, Fla.; a sister, Debbie (Jim) Klaber of Hoopeston; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Carol) Lingley of Greenville, Ill., and Dean (Laurie) Lingley of Hoopeston; 11 grandchildren, Jonathan, Jenna, Katie, Joshua, Zachary, Jacob, Megan, Kyle, Macy, Reagan and Abby; two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Kaylynn; and many nieces, nephews and bonus kids and grands whom he mentored over the years.
A celebration of a life well lived will be 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at South Putnam Church in Crescent City with Pastor Brian Baker officiating and 4 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Hoopeston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 302 N. Market St., Hoopeston, IL 60942, and Georgetown-Fruitland VFD, P.O. Box 8, Georgetown, FL 32139.
Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.