Glen J. Medus
Glen J. Medus, 96, passed away, January 16, 2020 at his home, peacefully and surrounded by his family.
Glen was born to Glen Earnest Medus and Clara Edith (Barker) Medus on December 4, 1923 in Macomb Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William D. Medus, one daughter Terri J. Medus, one stepdaughter, Rhonda J. Taylor and one stepson Tim J. (Karen) Taylor.
Surviving are his wife Mary K. Medus, Son Craig A. (Keri) Medus of Canton, Illinois, Daughter Becki Sue Janicke of Clinton Township, Michigan, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also surviving is one stepdaughter Tana (Kevin) Schnake of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was a graduate of Western Illinois State Teachers College. Glen was a member of the football, Basketball and tennis team. He worked thirty-six years for International Harvester in Canton, Illinois retiring in 1981 as superintendent of plant maintenance.
In December 1942 at 21 years of age Glen enlisted for pilot training in the United States Army Air Force. During World War II he was stationed on the island of Corisca in the Mediterranean Sea flying bombing missions over Brenner Pass in northern Italy. On his 28th mission Glen's plane "The Ladies Delight" was shot down over Rovereta Italy and the crew was captured and imprisoned in Stalag VII A in Mooseburg, Germany. Glen received the Purple Heart do to injuries sustained during the crash of the Ladies Delight. During the Korean War he was an artillery unit commander and in intelligence. He had 39 years of unbroken Military service with assignments during both wars, the National Guard and the Army Reserve. Lt Col Medus was placed in the Retired Officer Reserve in 1982. He was a life member of the Reserve Officer Association and a member of the VFW and Elk's and a past President of the Canton Jaycees. He was an avid tennis player, playing until the age of 93. Glen was always there at a moment notice to help family and friends. He had great love for animals, especially all the cats he and Mary had through the years.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial with Military honors will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton.
A celebration of life will be held following the services at the Elks Lodge on Canton.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Humane Society.
To view Glen's video tribute or, to leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com
I was deeply saddened to hear of Uncle Glen’s passing. We lost a great man here on earth, but heaven has gained a true treasure! I enjoyed listening to all of his interesting stories of his remarkable life! What a journey he lived! He loved to laugh and was very proud of his beautiful wife! Our thoughts are with you, Aunt Mary!
Love, Chris and Daryl
So sorry for your loss. Glen was a great guy and always such a gentleman. I didn’t meet Glen till he was in his 80’s and playing tennis at the YMCA. He moved so well, you could tell he was a great athlete. One of us tennis players would ask him a question and he would respond with - “well, let me tell you-“. Five minutes later we might get the answer to the original question and lots of other information. He was a great story teller and had a great memory for details of his service days. I loved the story of him bringing home a monkey from the service. He was an intelligent, kind, and caring man.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Glen had a truly remarkable, long life. Please know you’re in our thoughts.
Tom & Maria Orwig
My deepest sympathy to all of you.....Mary, Craig, Keri, Becky. He was a great guy!
There are few people in my life who have earned the level of respect and admiration that I have had for Uncle Glen. I would enjoy our conversations when we could visit whether on the phone or in person. The world has lost a true hero in many eyes. Rest in Peace.
I’m sitting here in your living room and looking at your empty recliner is heartbreaking. We will always remember you with a smile on your face and a cat in your lap!! Kevin and Tanna Schnake
It was a pleasure and an honor to know Glen. We have many memories from our short visits with him and Mary. Our sincere condolences to Mary and the Family.
-John and Ruth Loebach
What an honor and a privilege to have known this kind and amazing man who was our dear uncle and true hero! We will not forget your outstanding service to our country and the price you paid for our treasured freedom. And how many people in this world play tennis until 93??!! We all loved you and you will forever be in our hearts!!
Mary, I voice the same sentiments for Glen that my sister Jan has mentioned. Now the “DAWGS” are all together hoisting a cold drink and singing, “The gangs all here!” Love, Bobby Conner.
Mary, my sympathy to you and family. Glen was such a BFF of my dad, and my mom and dad had many fun times with Galen and you. I always enjoyed visiting you two when I was in Canton. I wish I could be there for his Celebration of a Life - and he had a long, fun, interesting life! Love, Jan Conner Germann
Mary... So sorry to hear of Glen's passing. My brother, Tony, has always kept me in the loop about you two. I am so sorry you had to lose him. You and Glen have always been dear friends to our family. I hope your health stays good for you. Much love and sympathy to you! Again... So sorry! Love, Cindy Painter