Glen H. Schley, 90, passed away November 18, 2014.
He was born in Corydon, Iowa August 18, 1924, was raised in Mosby,
MO. and graduated from Excelsior Springs High School.
Glen was the son of Oscar E. and Etta (Baker) Schley.
Glen joined the Naval
Reserves in 1942 in Kansas City. Like many Americans after Pearl
Harbor was bombed, he wanted to go to war. He was sent to Great
Lakes Naval Recruit Station for training. Glen was appointed the
rank of Apprentice Seaman. Glen was discharged under honorable
conditions, medical for asthma in 1943. Glen was not going to be
held out of World War II so he joined the United States Maritime
Service "Merchant Marines" on May 23, 1943 and received the rank of
Seaman 2nd Class. He served mostly
in the Gulf of Mexico delivering ammunition and fuel to Naval
Vessels deploying in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of War.
This was volatile and dangerous duty due to German Submarines
targeting and sometimes destroying U.S. Naval Vessels in the Gulf.
When reviewing his discharge papers it looked like a recipe was
handwritten on bottom but it turned out to be part of the Rations he
earned. It stated he had so much sugar, flour, and meat he could
receive. Glen was tremendously proud of the Medal he received in
1991 from the State of Missouri for his World War II service.
After the War, Glen returned to Kansas City and started working for
Corn Products in North Kansas City. He retired after 38 years
functioning in various supervisory positions. Glen loved sports and
was a Pitcher and Outfielder for the Corn Products Baseball and
Softball Teams. He looked forward to the Corn Product Retirement
Breakfasts and there were many a story told on those occasions.
Glen met the love of his life, his wife "Margie", at the Katz Drug
Store in North Kansas City on a Halloween night. They were married
within 5 months and have been together 65 years.
Glen's love and passion in life besides family was flying. He flew
airplanes for over 70 years. Glen is well known throughout the
Kansas City and Columbia Flying Community for his professionalism
and expertise. He had flown over 15,000 hours in single (land and
sea) and multiengine aircraft and hot air balloons. He was
extraordinary flight instructor that taught over 200 students how to
fly. Glen's family always heard great comments on how great a flight
instructor he was. Additionally, Glen was a FAA flight examiner. In
1950 he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he flew a number of search
and rescue missions and flights for local Kansas City TV Stations.
In his plane TV Stations covered disasters including the 1950 Kansas
City Flood and the 1957 Ruskin Heights Tornado event. With the Civil
Air Patrol he served as a Maintenance and Operations Officer then in
1956 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. With this new promotion
in 1957 he was assigned as the Base Commander of the Missouri Civil
Air Patrol Central Headquarters in Columbia, MO. He was extremely
proud of all his students but was tremendously fond of the students
who went into the military. Some retired Colonels and Generals.
In 1961 Glen started flying for Airway Flight Service. He flew
Charter Flights throughout the United States. He was also a Flight
Instructor, Instrument Instructor, and Link Training Instructor for
them. Then in 1969 he started flying for Air Executive Services as
Chief Pilot, FAA Examiner, and Multi Engine Instructor. As busy as
Glen was he still found time to be a Reserve Police Officer for the
North Kansas City Police department for over 10 years. For his
volunteer work throughout his lifetime he was recognized with the
honorary commission of "Kentucky Colonel" from the Governor of
Kentucky. Glen liked to take a sip of Jack Daniels now and then.
Jack Daniels honored Glen by presenting him with a honorary
"Tennessee Squire" Certificate.
Glen was one of
the original volunteers to work for and display airplanes the Kansas
City Air Show and the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Air
Show in Columbia, MO. He worked numerous volunteer positions for
these events but his delight was displaying a World War II Vultee
BT- 13 Valiant airplane, sometimes called the Vibrator. The BT-13
was a training aircraft and used in the second phase of training
pilots in World War II. In 1995 Glen flew in the "Freedom Flight"
commemorating the 50th year anniversary of the end of World War II.
Glen flew the BT-13 "War Bird" cross-country saluting veterans. Then
in December of 2003 Glen flew the BT-13 to Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina and displayed it at the Celebration of "First Flight
Centennial". Glen was a member of the Heart of America Squadron of
the Confederate Air Force and received numerous awards from them. He
loved going to the Oshkosh Air Show every year. Sometimes he would
display the BT-13 and other times he was a spectator. Glen flew and
demonstrated the BT-13 at Air Shows throughout the United States. He
especially enjoyed the "Fly In Breakfasts" throughout the Midwest.
Of course many a stories were told about flying.
Glen enjoyed being with his family, friends and going to the Lake of
the Ozarks. He built one of the first boats with an airplane engine
and propeller. He called it the "Glenda Gay". Glen was an avid
hunter and Life Member of the National Rifle Association. He loved
traveling and there was not much of America he didn't see. Every
time Glen drove through a town he would tell you where the airport
was and often who the manager was. Glen enjoyed watching the Space
Shuttle Launchings and attended several in Florida. He enjoyed his
Airplane, War, and Western movies. He was an enthusiastic Ham Radio
Operator. He would spend hours in his man cave on his computer with
the Ham Radio, TV and Airport Radio Monitor blaring in the
background and the temperature in the room had to be 80 degrees
plus. He was a life long Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan but he
also rooted for the Dallas Cowboys. Glen loved everyone he met. His
friends numbered in the hundreds and maybe thousands. He would just
grin ear to ear when people told him he looked like Paul Newman with
his blue eyes. His favorites were the ones who loved aviation as
much as he did. Mary McCleary Posner summed it up best, "We all love
Glen". Glen enjoyed life and lived every moment to the fullest. He
said at his 90th Birthday Party, "the key to successfully living 90
years is to keep moving".
Glen was preceded in death by his loving father and mother, Oscar
and Etta Schley; brothers Eugene, Delbert, Walter, Dale, Melvin and
James Schley - sisters: Dona Smith and Ethel Thorpe. He is survived
by his wife Mary Margaret "Margie" Schley of Kansas City, MO; his
two daughters, Glenda Schley of Kansas City, MO and Johnna (husband
Paul) Ludwig of Tucson, AZ; grandson, Ryan Chase Smith of College
Station, TX and close nephew Walter "Jim" (wife Kathleen) Schley of
Glen's family wants to express their sincere appreciation to the New
Mark Care Center, North Kansas City Hospital and North Care Hospice.
They also want to thank his doctors, nurses and support staff. They
treated Glen and his family with great care, sincere compassion,
kindness, and above all honesty.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.