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Baker City, Oregon

Glenn Orville St. John, 81, of Baker City, died July 28, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At his request, Glenn was cremated and will not have a formal funeral service.

Glenn was born April 10, 1921, in Chico, Calif., to Orville and Myrtle St. John. The family moved to Southern Oregon soon after. After his schooling, he drove log trucks. He served his country in World War II, spending 2 years in the South Pacific in the 1881st Aviation Engineers. The 1881st built landing strips in New Guinea and the Philippines where he witnessed the famous return of General MacArthur.

After Glenn’s discharge, he was married to Anna Lorraine Nail of Spokane, Wash. He worked in the logging industry, driving truck and running a sawmill until he was injured in a logging accident in 1950. In spite of a permanent disability he farmed, cut electric poles, built another sawmill and sold real estate. He and his wife bought and sold property, building seven house and log cabins throughout Oregon. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1968 and lived in the Granite and Sumpter areas until ill health mandated a move to Baker City in 1993.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Anna Lorraine of Baker City; a and daughter-in-law, Alan and Jan St. John of Bend; grandsons, Matthew St. John Bend, and Shawn St. John and his wife, Vivienne, of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Gladys Labart of Reedsport, Joyce Boles of Broken Bow, Okla., and June Brown of Cottage Grove.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Jack, Mack and James.

Contributions in Glenn’s memory may be made to either The Salvation Army or the Shriners Hospital for Children, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 2, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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