Glen Robert Wakefield
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Glen Robert Wakefield
  • January 21, 1930 - November 2, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Glen Robert Wakefield

1930 - 2017

At age 87 in Oregon, dementia ended Glen Wakefield's earthly life. When and where Union Pacific Railroad employed his father during the Great Depression, defined Glen's itinerant childhood, rotating between Salina, Cheyenne, and Laramie. Following his parents' divorce, his mother married Lyman Brown, a Wyoming game warden, moving Glen from city life to living out on an Almy ranch.

Glen's employment began by delivering newspapers. At the end of each school day in Kemmerer, he reported for work at the original JC Penney "mother" store. After graduation in Evanston he worked underground on Wyoming's Aspen Tunnel and Oregon's Toketee Falls Tunnel. Glen drove Laramie Taxi cabs his father/stepmother owned. Wyoming's Agriculture Department employed him prior to enlisting in the Navy. He served aboard the USS O'Brien DD725 at anchor in Korean waters. Afterwards, the GI Bill facilitated attending Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, graduating in 1955. A licensed electrician then in Utah, Glen worked in industrial and construction settings. He owned and operated an Idaho lighting equipment store, as well as residential and commercial electrical contracting business in Sun Valley area from 1971-1979, prior to moving to Oregon. He then worked on construction projects, before ending his career as a Port of Portland electrical inspector and staff engineer.

Like his father, Glen belonged to the Elks (Lodge #1989). Like his stepfather, Glen was a LDS Church member. Other passions included: creating and working with his hands (sculpting, creating Halloween costumes, computer drafting "blueprints," building decks); enjoying horses, cats and dogs throughout his life, especially teaching dog training and competing in dog shows; dressing stylishly (loved wearing a Sunday suit and tie, a tuxedo when appropriate, dress shirt and slacks for lounging around); being active (skiing, hunting, ice skating). In his 80's Glen walked 3 miles daily, bowled in two senior leagues, danced at least three times weekly, until 2014's strokes hastened his physical decline. He enjoyed his friends and varied activities at Courtyard Village retirement home and Elsie Stuhr Senior Center.

While on leave from the Navy, Glen married Bomell in Evanston, with whom he had daughter, Deborah (Garry Peterson) of Nevada; and son, Robert (Connie Wakefield) of Utah. Later living in Salt Lake City, he met and married Kay, who at the time had preschool sons, Lew (Ivy Yocom) of Oregon and Tim (Cindy Yocom) of Utah. Late in life in Beaverton, he married Lucille, who also survives him along with grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cousins; and friends. Glen was predeceased by daughter, Joan in 1956 at birth; as well as his parents; and brother.

Interment occurs outdoors at 3 p.m., Nov. 17, 2017, at Willamette National Cemetery. Memorial service occurs at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Garden Home LDS Church Building, 6605 S.W. Garden Home Rd., Portland 97223. In lieu of flowers contributions in Glen's memory are welcome to either Oregon Humane Society, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland OR 97211 www.oregonhumane.org; Elsie Stuhr Foundation, 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005 www.thprd.org; or, The Salvation Army, specifying "Portland ARC" 6855 N.E. 82nd Ave., Portland OR 97220 www.salvationarmyusa.org. Arrangements by www.finleysunsethills.com.

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