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 Harris, MO.

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.