October 20, 1921 - December 18, 2014
Glenn passed away with his family surrounding him on December 18th, 2014, due to injuries received in a fall. He tried valiantly to keep going, but his 93 year old body lacked the strength to survive.
He was born October 20, 1921 in Emmett, ID, the sixth of seven children born to E.L. (Todd) and Annie (Roder) Newell. He was raised on a ranch in Ola, ID and graduated from Emmett HS in 1941.His brother, Emmett, thought they should go on a "big adventure", so they went to work for MK on Wake Island. They were both captured and held as prisoners in China and Japan with over one thousand other civilians and Marines for the entire war. Miraculously, they both survived and came home after the war ended. He has been an active member of the Wake Island Survivors group since it was formed.
He met Ethel Duncan on a blind date arranged by her sister and his friend and they were married two weeks later. He went to work for Idaho Power Co. and they settled in Boise, where they added two sons, David and Geary, to their family. They lived in McCall for four years before returning to Boise where he continued his career with Idaho Power as a lineman and metering foreman until he retired after 40 years of service.
Dad was a kind, sweet, humble, and generous man. He loved to be around people and people were drawn to him like a magnet. He often had long conversations with people he had never met before.Ethel passed away in 2009 after 62 years of marriage. Since then, Dad has remained active and involved with his sons and their families. He was always ready to help with a project, and in fact, was often the one to "get the ball rolling". He took us to rodeos and to dinner weekly, and we took him camping and to the Oregon Coast. He has been an active member of Ustick Baptist Church for many years and has many close friends there.
He is survived by his sons, David (Kathi) and Geary (Launa); grandchildren, Todd, Kristi, Jeff, Jim, Joe, Angie and Katie; 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bob (Verda) and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was Friday, December 26th at 5:00 PM for family and 6:00 to 8:00 PM for friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Cloverdale Funeral Home, with internment following at Terrace Lawn. We miss you dearly, Dad.
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