Hal Glidden, 80, of Brazil, passed away October 22, 2005, at 11:35 a.m. in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
He was born March 2, 1925, in Brazil, the son of Chase Edward Glidden and Marguerite Sandt Glidden. He graduated from LaPorte High School in 1943. He entered military service following high school and served in the Army Air Corp where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and awarded his pilot wings. February 5, 1945 he married Muriel Redin Glidden, she survives.
Following the servicre Hal entered Northern Illinois College of Optometry graduating in 1949, with a Doctorate in Optometry. He practiced in Brazil from 1953-1996.
Hal donated thousands of hours to many civic organizations in Clay County. He served as the President of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation for 15 years, and set in motion the formation of the Clay Community Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation. He was on the Forest Park Golf Board for many years and held the office of president for five years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed helping promote the golf course and improve the facilities.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Muriel Glidden; one daughter, Diane Krull of Indianapolis; one son Bruce Glidden and his wife Vickie of Rockford, IL; three grandchildren, Kristine Krull, Kevin Krull both of Indianapolis and Chase Glidden of Rockford, IL; one sister Patricia Oriol and husband Bill of Flagstaff, AZ; one sister-in-law, Marie Glidden of Boise, ID; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Chase Edward Glidden Jr.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery in Brazil. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil and at the church one hour prior to services.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Clay Community Foundation; the First Presbyterian Church or to the Forest Park Golf Course. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.