Obituary for Glenn C. Dershem
Glenn passed away peacefully in his sleep. Son of Robert K. and B.G. Dershem, in East Milton, PA., Glenn spent many of his formative years growing up in Lewisburg, PA. An Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman, he spent many days adventuring throughout Union County with his many friends, especially, Wendall and Junior Stahl. Glenn volunteered for the United State Navy in 1944 and obtained the rank of Electricians Mate III and served aboard the USS Washington after completing the intensive Eddy Program, a cutting-edge radar and electronics course, designed to advance the Navy’s wartime technology. At the completion of World War II, he enrolled at Bucknell University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, often commenting that his studies at Bucknell were made much easier because of his Navy training and experience. Glenn worked for the Westinghouse Airbrake Company in Pittsburgh, before pursuing a career working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With special permission from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, he became one of the Bureau’s youngest Special Agents, entering service one year before regular eligibility. After stations in Seattle, WA and El Paso, TX., Glenn returned to Pennsylvania to own and operate Western Auto Store in Bellefonte. In 1959, he married Dolores Knepp and together operated the Western Auto Store and Dershem’s Sport Center for the next three decades. Both Glenn and Dolores enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and boating, being their favorite activities. Glenn was a particularly skilled marksman, competing locally, regionally and nationally for many years. Preceded in death by his wife, Glenn is survived by two sons, Steven (Bonnie) and Jeffrey, two daughters, Lynn and Jill Weir, three grandchildren Alexis Dershem, Colleen Pinkney and Cameron (Tori) Pinkney, and one great grandchild, Mackenzie. Glenn’s family would like to thank his many friends that were so supportive, particularly all his Burger King buddies, as well as the tremendous staff and residents of Eagle Valley Personal Care Home for all their loving care. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A celebration of life will be held by the family in the spring of 2018.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.