Just after celebrating his 80th birthday, our father Ken suffered a steep decline in his health and passed away quietly at home. Bedridden and cared for by his children for the last few years, rarely a day went by that he didn’t listen to his favorite country music or watch an episode of Gunsmoke. Born in Hawthorne to Ethel and William Glenzer, Ken had a lifelong love of the desert and never gave up hope of finding the lost gold mine of Ol’ Man Barlow. He sheepishly admitted to never graduating from Mineral Valley HS (the result of a prank gone wrong) and joined the Navy instead, serving as a radarman on the USS Chicago and USS Fox, among others.
Stationed in San Diego, he retired in 1974 as a chief petty officer and moved to Seattle with his wife, Sheila (Kirk) Glenzer and their five daughters. They later welcomed twin boys. Ken worked for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co, the John Perine Co. and in his retirement, enjoyed serving as an usher during baseball games at the Seattle Kingdome. A joyous fisherman and camper, he was also a fierce supporter of all Seattle sports teams. Preceded in death by his parent; wife and daughter Kimberly Ann, Ken is survived by his daughters Cinderella (Glenzer) Urrea; Sheila K. Glenzer; Sue (Glenzer) Thomas; and Karen (Glenzer) Reese: his sons William and Kirk Glenzer, their families and his 13 grandchildren.