Glenn Ray Salley, aged 89, was known to some of his neighbors as Preacher because he couldn’t speak to them without quoting Scripture or praising his beloved Jesus. So when he left this life on June 4, 2021, to walk with his Savior, he had to be overwhelmed with the excitement and adventure of eternity, basking in the peace of his new home. The closest he came in this life was as he walked the creeks of Oklahoma when he was a boy of 12. He would disappear from home for days, alone in the solitary woods, living off the land. Once he cut his foot on a rock in the creek bed and thought he would bleed to death, but he survived to see another day. Another 78 years of days in fact! But now he’s experiencing a better excitement, the ultimate adventure, the Prince of Peace, and the love and healing that come with being in the presence of Jesus.
Glenn was born in Oklahoma City on August 26,1931 to George O.D. and Zelma Salley, the third of 15 children: preceded in death by his parents, siblings Virginia Lou, George W., Violet, Helen, Donna, Joyce, and survived by siblings Kenneth, Gloria, Sherry, Jean, Margie, Sue, Delinda, Joann, and he is survived by his wife Midge; children Scott Salley (Beverly), Joye Messerli (Mike), George A. Salley (Shirley), step-children Mike (Lori), Lisa (David); eleven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He grew up in Oklahoma City, Waurika, and Howe, Oklahoma. He received his Associates degree from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston. Glenn served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War and was awarded numerous medals.
To list the occupations he worked at would be a very long list. He worked hard at different blue collar jobs to support his family while he earned his college degree. He taught guitar lessons (He was passionate about music and books). He was a lifeguard. His longest pre-college work career was as a forklift driver. He later spent several years as a municipal court clerk for the City of Houston. He and his wife Midge pastored a church in Leadville, Colorado and lead several home bible studies throughout the years. His proudest accomplishment was his partnership in BIOS, a home health care service of which he served as Director of Human Services.
Glenn was everything that God intended a husband to be. Glenn met the love of his life in 1979, and married three weeks later. Glenn and Midge most recently celebrated 41 years of marriage. To put into words how awesome Glenn was is immeasurable by words. If you knew him, his love for the Lord, his wife Midge, family and friends then you know just how awesome he was.
A memorial service will be held for Glenn on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
The Bridge Church
11929 S. Memorial Drive
Bixby, OK 74008
Please direct any flowers or cards to Smith Funeral Home in Sapulpa OK.
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