Glenn I. Leighty
October 29, 1936 - October 11, 2019
Glenn Irwin Leighty was born to Vernie and James on October 29, 1936. Glenn lived on the family farm with his sister Grace in Central Howell. He met the love of his life, Carolyn, after high school and settled with her in the Turner area to raise their family.
Glenn never knew a stranger and always had a joke or story to share with everyone he met. He was well known for being a garage sale junkie, his hobby raising miniature donkeys and his willingness to help anyone. He always dreamed of being an auctioneer and went to auctioneering school in 1981.
He was an active volunteer with the Turner Fire Department and served on the Mt. Hope Cemetery and Turner Community Center boards, as a Turner City Councilor (he initiated street signs), and as a volunteer auctioneer for the Orchid Society and Cascade FFA. He also enjoyed camping with family and friends and playing Santa Claus. Glenn worked at Turner IGA and Smith Baking Company and retired from Keith Brown Building Materials. Everyone who knew Glenn tells stories about their friendship and his wonderful laugh.
Glenn loved his family and survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn; three children: Linda (Don) Wagner, Sharon Leighty and Ron Leighty; grandchildren Shawntia (Jason) Anderson and Nicole (Phil) Meagher; great-grandchildren Ian Anderson and Whelan Meagher; and niece Marjorie Russell. Glenn had a nickname for each grandchild and always had a practical joke running with each one.
Everyone will always tell you their loved one was the best – our Dad/Grandpa truly was the best. We know, Dad, that you are now free of those oxygen tanks and going to every garage sale in town. Put on your jeans, suspenders, and Carhartt shirt and head out on your next adventure in that old Chevy truck. Keep telling your stories and having fun with your family and old friends until we meet again.
On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, a visitation will be held at 10:00 am-12:30 pm, followed by a celebration of life at 1:00 pm at Virgil Golden Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Marion Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem OR 97301-0374.
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