Glenn A. High

December 25, 1936 ‒ September 21, 2019

Lexington, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Glenn A. High, age 82, of Lexington, died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from injuries sustained from a fall at home.

On Christmas Day in 1936, Glenn was born in Paulding County, Ohio, the third of six children of the late Dorris J. and Erma Mae (Van Buskirk) High.  As a family, they moved to Kenton, Ohio, when he was a young child, where he grew up until the end of his junior year of high school in 1953 when they moved to Mount Gilead.  He graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1954.

Shortly following graduation, Glenn enlisted to serve in the US Army during peace time from 1955 to 1957, and he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for 18 months.

Upon his honorable discharge, Glenn returned home to Mount Gilead, Ohio, where he finally got to meet his “pen pal,” Kathryn “Joan” Tobin, from Chesterville, who had been sending him letters every month while he was in the military.  From there, the rest was history, as they were married on May 3, 1959, at the Chesterville Methodist Church.  During their sixty years of marriage, they were a team with everything they did and were always by each other’s side.  Together they lovingly raised four children: Pamela, Roger, David, and Wanda.

After the military, Glenn began working at General Motors in Ontario, working in their shipping department for thirty five years.  His work at GM helped he and Joan fund their true passion of farming, buying their family farm in 1961, just before their daughter, Pamela, was born.  Their 133 acre farm centered primarily around raising various breeds of sheep, including Shropshire, Targhee, and Hampshire sheep.  Glenn’s love for raising sheep started in 1951, when he began showing sheep in FFA in the 9th grade.  He and Joan traveled much of the United States showing and selling purebred sheep.  They also exhibited their prize winning sheep at many county fairs in Ohio, and at the Ohio State Fair for fifty two consecutive years.  In 2003, Glenn was honored to be included in the Ohio State Fair Agricultural Hall of Fame.  Previous honors included being inducted into the Targhee Hall of Fame, and being named an Ohio Master Shepherd, the Charles B. Boyles award.  He was both a Board member and past President for the American Shropshire Registry Association, and the US Targhee Sheep Association.  He served as a 4-H Advisor for twenty years through the Morrow County Fair with the Johnsville Jolly Farmers and Farmettes, and he was proud to serve as the Morrow County Fair Grand Marshall.  He also was a member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Morrow Co. Sheep Improvement Association.

Very faithful, Glenn was an active member of the Steam Corners United Methodist Church.  He also was a member of the Ohio Eastern Star, Chester Masonic Lodge #238, and he had served as a Troy Township Trustee for twenty eight years.

Always hard at work, Glenn often worked from sun up until sun down tending to his farm and sheep.  Most important of all to Glenn though was his family, with his four children and all they’ve accomplished being his proudest achievement.  He was a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan, all of his children’s Alma mater.

An honest man, Glenn gave everything he had to whatever he was working on.  He also was very competitive, always knowing what he wanted and going after it.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Joan High of Lexington; three children: Roger (Holly) High of Richwood, David (Jodi) High of McDermott, OH, and Wanda (David) Berk of Upper Arlington; five grandchildren: Adam High, Trevor (Marybeth) High, Taylor “Darby” High, and Rachel and Rebecca Berk; four siblings: Deloris (Dean) Sherman of Fredericktown, Ruth (Wayne) Miller of Cary, NC, Dwight (Gloria) High of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Keith (Micki) High of New Hill, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Glenn was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Sue High in 2007; a brother, Marvin High; and a sister-in-law, Janet High.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where both a Masonic and Eastern Star service will be held at 7 PM.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10 am on Friday, with Pastor Dave Smith officiating.  Burial with military honors provided by the VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, c/o High Family Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43218.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Glenn’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Glen was a wonderful friend and neighbor ! He will so be missed! Growing up we spent a lot of time at sheep shows together. Felt like I had another “dad” eyes watching over me! Just last week he gave me a picture he had of me at the fair from 1978. Then when I “grew up ” he always asked about my kids and teased me every Sunday at church, I sure will miss that as well. May God hold you all close and give you comfort. With love, Brenda and Dave Thompson family

  • My thoughts and prayers to Glenn’s family during this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace in the days ahead.
    Dwight Murphy

  • Praying for you all. What a nice man. So many good memories of your family years ago. God bless you all.

  • Dear High Family,
    Our sincerest sympathy is extended to you all. May the memories made through the years bring comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  • May God bless you with comfort and peace. I always enjoyed the time I got to spend with Glenn. Many memories, the sheep industry will miss him.
    Bob Hendershot family

  • My deepest sympathy to Joan and family. I always enjoyed my visits with Glen. So sorry for your loss.

  • We send our sympathy to the High Family. We met them through the marriage of David and Jodi, and we learned to respect them very much. May the Peace of the Lord be with you.
    Love, George and Patty Lawson

  • We are saddened to hear the news of Mr Glen passing. We would like to be there to honor his life, but we are at a sheep show with the Shropshire herd Mr Glen helped our son start. He was always willing to lend a hand or in our case an ear because we live far away. He & Mrs Joan welcomed us into their home & their sheep family. We will always be grateful for his kindness and support. We will honor his life by doing the best we can to represent him & his beloved Shrops.
    Mrs Joan you are in our prayers.
    The Correll Family (David, Cheryl , Josie & Talton)

  • To the High Family, we here at Crane PT send our condolences on the passing of Glenn. Glenn was a wonderful and caring man. He will be greatly missed.
    Sincerely, Staff at Crane PT

  • To High family. Sorry for your loss. My father and I have many memories of Glenn. We were both on National Shropshire and Targhee board of directors at same time. Some of our trips to San Fansico, Great Falls Mt, Idaho Falls,and Portland Or. Will always be remembered.

  • So sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • My deepest sympathies go out to your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek. It was an honor to know Glenn.

  • So sorry for your family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers for strength at this difficult time and days to come.

  • Roger & Family,

    My thoughts are with you as you all deal with the passing of your father. My hope is that peace and fond memories will prevail during this time of grieving. Take care.

    Jim Kinder

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the High Family. We are so sorry for your loss and we pray for strength and peace during this difficult time.
    Our condolences
    Dan and Kris Ross

  • Wanda, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man. Many prayers for you and your entire family.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. Glenn was a wonderful neighbor and helped us out many times when we lived on Ross Rd. My grandparents always held him in high regard.

  • I am very sorry to hear of this loss for not only your family, but also for so many others Glenn has impacted throughout his life. I have many great memories from both the Morrow County Fair and the Ohio State Fair. Glenn served as a great example of what it means to build into young people. He and Joan consistently did this to help many young people find success, that often led to careers. Best of all, Glenn always did this with a smile and a laugh. My lasting memory of Glenn will always be him standing in a show ring (usually with one pant leg inside one of his boots) holding a large ram or ewe, talking to the person next to him. He loved his sheep, but he invested in everyone around him. He will be missed. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are very sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. We have great memories of Glenn. He always had a smile on his face and was always there to help anyone! You all will be on our thoughts and prayers.

    With Love,
    Darl and Judy Tingley and family

  • My thoughts and prayers for comfort to the High family. Sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed.

  • Glenn was a very special person—giving and caring for what he thought was best for the situation and setting.
    My association w Glenn began during the time he was creating a Targhee
    sheep flock at his farm.
    Remember inspecting his Targhee flock and meeting wife Joan—there
    was a young son always watching at each inspection—learned his name
    was Roger a special son.
    Glenn’s giving/leadership was special to community, state and national involvement, especially w the sheep associations of both state and national interests.
    My condolences to Glenn’s family at this time—-there is great reason to celebrate
    Glenn High’s life.