Glenn Ray Denslow, 62, of Ada passed away at Mercy Hospital Ada late last week after a year-long illness.
Glenn grew up and lived in the Ahloso area. He graduated from Stonewall High School in 1973. He played baseball for the Longhorns and his favorite coach was Larry Bennett, but he had a lifelong admiration for Coach Kenneth Murphy.
As a young man, Glenn was highly active in the Boy Scouts of America and became an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow. He attended many Scout Jamborees and the famous Piedmont Scout Camp.
After graduating from Stonewall, Glenn worked in construction and built the Hardee's Restaurant in Ada and the four lane section of state Highway 3, just south of Ada.
His work in construction is part of what convinced him to seek higher education. He became the first of his many extended cousins to attend and graduate from college. Glenn attended East Central University, majoring in history and psychology. He developed a deep interest in both the Civil War and in presidential politics. He did student teaching in Konawa and then returned to ECU to complete a master's degree in education. He attended the Oklahoma City University School of Law for one year but decided he did not want to practice law.
To work his way through college, he worked a short time in the menswear department of Dillion's Department Store, where he developed a love of a crisp white shirt and a nice tie. Later, Glenn began working at the Safeway grocery store in Ada, where he joined the workers union. He began a 26-year career in the grocery industry, managing for Safeway, Homeland, and the Super H chains. He served customers at stores in Ada, Seminole, Shawnee, Oklahoma City and Pauls Valley over his career.
Following his time in the grocery industry, Glenn became self-employed for 23 years as a food concessionaire. He ran his own food company operating as "Mr. Tater Cater" and "Uncommonly Good Food," serving food at festivals and fairs across Oklahoma and North Texas. He loved to cook and many thousands of people have tasted his food.
Glenn also loved to play Texas Hold 'em Poker. He played in many local tournaments and even played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He was an avid fan of any music from Jimmy Buffett and early Michael Murphy. Later he appreciated the music of Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, and Kevin Fowler. As a sports fan, he followed OU football games and New Orleans Saints games.
On Nov. 22, 1993, he married his loving wife, LaDawna, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. They made their home in Shawnee and later Ada. For many years, they loved to travel and covered many parts of the United States. They loved their many pet dogs.
He is survived by his wife, LaDawna of the home; a son, Wayne of the home; his parents, Jesse and Helen Denslow of Ada; his brother, Kieth Denslow and his wife, Jennifer, of Talala; his uncle, Clarence Rothell of Ada; his grandkids, Brittany, Cameron and Destanie; his two great-grandchildren, Keighton and Korbin; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends.
He is preceded in death by his stepson, Michael.
Bearers will be Bob Thompson, Cameron Weakley, Cody Causey, Doyle Rothell, Steve Dickson and John Long. Honorary bearers will be Doyle Sanders, Jay Phillips, Clarence Rothell, Wayne Woltman, Troy Rothell and Pike Word Jr.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Phillips Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Ada.
The Denslow family would like to thank the people of Mercy Hospital Ada, who cared for Glenn over the past year.
Published on August 7, 2017