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DeFoe, Glenndale M.

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October 19, 1921 - May 24, 2014

DeFoe, Glenndale M.

Glenndale Marcus Defoe, age 92 of Dallas, formerly of Aurora, Colorado, passed away on May 24, 2014.

He was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on October 19, 1921, to Truman and Inez DeFoe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie C. DeFoe, four brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Feuerbacher DeFoe of Belt, MT and four children: Glenndale M. DeFoe, Jr. of Buckhannon, WV; Marsha Lee Pringle of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Carol A. Geggenheimer of Longmont, CO; and Steve B. DeFoe of Dallas, TX. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren: Aimee Marie DeFoe of Pittsburgh, PA., Jennifer Jessie DeFoe, also of Pittsburgh; Walter M. Pringle and Viki Lee Singleton of Charlotte, NC;  Arthur Geggenheimer, of Longmont, CO; Melissa Lee DeFoe and Steve B. DeFoe, Jr. of Dallas, TX, and ten great grandchildren.

Glenndale DeFoe retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1963 from the U. S. Air Force. He was a member of the “Thunderbird “Division of the Oklahoma National Guard in the early years of WWII. After joining the Air Force, he served in China and Japan, in US air bases in Texas and Kansas. He flew extensively in the Far East, taking his C-47 “over the Hump” and providing air transport for the negotiations between the Nationalist and Communists forces in 1946-48. In the post-war years he continued to serve in the US Air Force, often flying the B-47 strategic bomber. During this time he also established a flight school in Wichita, Kansas, to train civilian pilots.

After recording thousands of flying hours in the Air Force, Colonel DeFoe worked for over 20 years for United Air Lines, primarily as a flight instructor. He trained hundreds of pilots, both US and international, at the United Flight Training Center in then Stapleton Field in Denver.

Mr. DeFoe will be laid to rest after military honors at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014. After the military ceremony, a memorial service will be conducted by Chaplain Mark Melton.

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ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

 

 

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Brian Johnson

June 10, 2014 11:05PM

My condolences to the entire Defoe family our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. The pictures of Glen are the greatest! He always had that impish grin and was ready to have a good time and good times we always seem to have when he was around. I'll always remember the night before Rughead was married and Glen chose to go out on the town in Lubbock with all the boys. Of course some of us had a really good time and almost ruined the wedding when some 6' 8" deranged marine kicked in numerous hotel locked doors and sprayed everyone and everything in those rooms with the light green spray from numerous fire extinguishers that he had broken into. Needless to say all the tuxedos for the wedding the next day were coated with this green film and had to be dry cleaned in a hurry for the wedding. Amazing everything came together and Rughead was married to the beautiful Beth Anne Brandt. There was a period that morning when a certain 6'8" deranged marine was feeling pretty low to what he had done and many we're wondering if the wedding could still go on. That was all ended when Glen walked up to me and whispered in my ear, " don't worry about a thing , I haven't had that much fun in 35 years." What can I say but, Glendale ...........you may not be here on earth with us anymore but you will always live on in everyone of us who was lucky enough to know you and be around you. God bless Glen.