Glen Persinger, 93

Glen passed away on December 18, 2010 at his home in Grangeville, he was 93. 

Glen was born in Waverly, Lancaster County, Nebraska on August 18, 1917, to Merl Barnard Persinger and Mary Imogene Clark Persinger.  The family moved to Hoquiam, Washington when Glen was 5 years old. 

Just prior to the US involvement in WWII, Glen served in the Army. He was stationed in the Philippines for 3 years, where he learned the bakery trade. He continued to work as a baker in Washington, Alaska and Oregon until he finally retired at the age of 78.

In 1940 he married Charlene Frances Nicolay and they had a daughter, G. Faye. The couple was divorced.

He then married Geraldine Mae Jergens. They had a son, Jack Thomas Persinger (later Chapman.) Glen and Geraldine also divorced.

In 1946 Glen moved from Washington to Fairbanks, Alaska where, in 1947, he met and married G. Marian Kniffen. They had a daughter, Lynne Ann and a son, Glen, Jr. They divorced as well.

In Anchorage, Alaska, in 1965 Glen finally met and married the love of his life, the former Gaye A. Heinonen.  The couple moved from Alaska to Oregon in 1974, and later to Washington.  They moved to Grangeville, Idaho in 2005 and eventually moved in with Glen’s granddaughter and her husband, Kathy and Greg Johnson. Gaye died April 11, 2009, one day after her 94th birthday.

Glen had a lifelong love of the outdoors. He liked gardening, hunting and fishing. He loved boating, and usually had some sort of fast boat that he would use for fishing, camping and waterskiing. He loved fast cars, and for a few years raced in the drag circuit in Alaska. He enjoyed music. He played piano and harmonica, and he sang in church choirs. He was a good artist, and painted in oils and acrylics.

Glen is survived by his four children, Faye Pitchford of Grangeville, Jack (Glenda) Chapman of Lewiston, Lynne Lefler of Grangeville and Glen “Chip” Persinger Jr. of Kent, WA, and by his two step-daughters, Faye (Punch) Panichello of Anchorage, Ak and Jacqueline Mitchell of Fairfax, VA.  In addition to his children and stepdaughters, Glen is survived by 13 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by four wives, including his beloved wife, Gaye.   He loved his family and the Lord.  We will see him again someday, in heaven.

Glen’s Memorial will be held on January 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the  Mt. Idaho Baptist Church, Grangeville, Idaho.  A potluck dinner will follow the services.  Services are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.

The family is most grateful to all the help from Shawna McKinney (great-granddaughter), Kendra Hughes (great-granddaughter-in-law) and aide Jessica Bailey. With their loving care he was able to stay at home and enjoy his final days. Thanks also to his physician, Mark Imus, who was most helpful and gracious to the family in assisting with Glen’s medical needs and to hospice for their care. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com

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