Glenn Lee Thurmond Jr.

Yukon resident Glenn Lee Thurmond Jr., 78, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.

Glenn was born July 7, 1941, in Shreveport, La., to Glenn Lee Thurmond Sr. and Viola (Sanders) Thurmond.

After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army and served with the Green Beret Special Forces. He served three tours in Vietnam, which incorporated over 500 sky dives, and was honorably discharged after nine years of service.

Glenn married the love of his life and best friend, Garnett Grindstaff, on May 16, 1972. Together they raised their children, Jennifer and Lloyd. Once Glenn was discharged from the military, he worked as an air traffic controller. After he retired, he received a call to be an air traffic controller instructor at the University of Oklahoma, and has called Oklahoma home ever since.

Glenn attended the Midwest City Free Methodist Church with his family. He was a member and very involved with VFW Post 382 and the Special Forces Association 32-50. His hobbies encompassed his life, traveling, scuba diving, gardening, bird watching, building bird houses and spending time with his family. He was a kind and loving husband, father and Papa who will be dearly missed by all.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 47 years, Garnett Thurmond; children, Jennifer Simon and husband, Ron, Lloyd Thurmond and Susan Hecht; grandchildren, Natasha Morris-Thurmond, Phoenix Thurmond, Gracie Simon and Joshua Hecht.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Guardian West Funeral Home.