Glenn H. Rider, 93, of Bellefonte, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2017 at the home of his son and is now with the Lord. Born on January 13, 1924, in Bellefonte, PA, he was the son of the late Calvin M. and Beatrice (Witmer) Rider. He was married to Phyllis JoAnn (Smith) Rider, who survives in Bellefonte.
He attended Bellefonte Schools and attained post-high school certifications in cost accounting and air conditioning and refrigeration technology. Glenn retired from Warner Company in 1988 after 45 years of service. He served in the United States Army during WWII as private first class and a member of the 370th Engineer Combat battalion. He fought in Africa, Italy, Sicily, France and Germany from 1943-1945. He was honorably discharged on November 18, 1945, and for his services he received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 bronze stars, and World War II Victory Medal. Glenn was a life member of the Bellefonte American Legion Post #33.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 70 years, Phyllis J. (Smith) Rider, a daughter, Phyllis J. Rider Jodon (Van) of Centre Hall, PA, a son, Glenn H. Rider II (Joyce) of Boiling Springs, PA, five grandchildren; Christopher Jodon, Angelique Aviles, Joshua Rider, Sarah Brimmer, Stephanie Rhoades and 8 great grandchildren; Angelina Aviles, Isabella Jodon, Logan Aviles, Alex Jodon, Carter Brimmer, Alivia Rhoades, Luke Rider, and Jackson Rhoades.
“Pappy” as he was referred to by those closest to him enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devoted Christian who served the church in many capacities throughout his life.
There will be a public viewing held on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6-8pm at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11:00am with Pastor Mark Messner officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Centre County Memorial Park, State College. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com