Glen Ellwood Cheney, 87, formerly of Vesper, KS, died Sunday, February 7, 2016, in Beloit, KS. Glen was born in Denmark, KS, on April 13, 1928, to Anthony Wayne and Eka Margaret (Zachgo) Cheney.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Gloria (Bruce) Cheney; daughter, Pamela Britt; brothers, Anthony & Harold Cheney; sisters, Mildred Herman and Margaret Rippie.
Left to celebrate his life include: sons, Darrel (Bonnie) Cheney, of Hunter, Dale (Maria) Cheney, of Salina, and Michael (Becky) Cheney, of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Phyllis Cheney, of Hunter; 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 1-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 9, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln. Family present 5-7:00 P.M.
Funeral: 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 10, at Lincoln United Methodist Church, with interment following in Vesper Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to MCHHS-Residential Care Center or Lincoln United Methodist Church.
Glen and Gloria were married on December 21, 1951, at the Denmark Church while Glen was home on leave from the Navy. The couple moved to Virginia where they lived while Glen served in the U.S. Navy. Shortly thereafter they settled one and half miles south of Ash Grove, where they raised their 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Glens family remembers him as a hard-working man who always made sure the boys were kept busy. He would have them chopping weeds under the electric fence, removing nails out of boards with a claw hammer (which resulted in a punctured radiator cap on an old pickup one time), throwing square bales, milking cows, and digging musk thistle. The hard work ethic that he taught his boys was passed on to his grandsons. Glen always had to have a 10-minute nap after lunch, and liked doing chores or fieldwork after dark.
Even though Glen worked hard, he made time to go on multiple bus trips with Gloria all over the United States. They loved to dance and attended many dances at the Sylvan Sale Barn. They also led the Grand March at many wedding dances.
When Glen was a big, strong young man he was nicknamed "Tarzan". He was a well-known pitcher and loved baseball. While in school, he was the local bus driver, picking up the neighbor kids in his 29 Chevy to attend school in Vesper.
Dale remembers when his 3-year-old son was riding with Grandpa to the pasture to check cattle. Glen took his eyes off of the road for a second and they ended up in the ditch against a stone post. They had to put the truck in 4-wheel drive to get out of the ditch. When they got home, Drew had quite a story to tell and Glen had to explain why the side of the pickup was caved in.
Glen served on the Sylvan Unified and North Central Kansas Area Vocational Technical School Boards for 10 years. Glen was a faithful servant of the Ash Grove Methodist Church.