Glenn Martin Myers

February 19, 1936 ‒ April 02, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Glenn Martin Myers, born to parents Vivian and Virgil Myers, was a true Renaissance man. Born in the Great Depression, he was the first in his family to earn a college degree.  An Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve alumni, Glenn became a lifelong educator teaching sciences at Johnny Appleseed and Malabar High School for thirty years.  After retiring from teaching he would become headmaster at Buckhorn juvenile girls school, teach convicted teen felons at The Ohio State Penitentiary and mentor students in the both the Roar program at Mansfield Senior as well as the reading program at Sherman Elementary. He also sat as President and member of the Lexington School Board for eight years. He was a union negotiator for Mansfield city schools and was appointed by Governors Taft and Strickland to serve on the Ohio Farmland Preservation Board. Glenn sat on the Executive Board of the NAACP and was President of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellville.  He viewed education as the great equalizer that could both transform lives and eradicate ignorance and prejudice.

Glenn made his mark on this world, a leaf print on sand, a fish fossil on limestone, as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend. An avid reader and intellect, he was always thirsting for knowledge that embodied solutions which could lead to life-changing affects.  He was never without pen and paper and kept files on everyone dear to him. Glenn was colorblind, embracing and cherishing all races, celebrating the cultural differences integral to life’s beauty and diversity.  He studied the history of Perry Township including the Native Americans of Lost Run Creek and his farming community while befriending the Amish that now surround his farm.

His love of lively conversations might only be eclipsed by his love of Nature.  He was an arborist, botanist and biologist.  An avid birdwatcher, his binoculars and field guide were never out of reach.

His resume was dotted with pig farming and delivering mail for the U.S. Post Office. But it was in his sunset years that this scholar turned writer, authored “Kokosing Construction Company, An American Success Story in Fredericktown, Ohio”.  Like his father Virgil, he became a trustee for Perry Township for eight years and wrote over 70 stories for the Bellville Star in a column entitled “Perry Township Corner” wherein he declared himself the voice of Perry Township.  His stories included historical and modern depictions of his community.  His creativity and curiosity about the people and place he nested in provide insight to his depth of character and humanity.

Glenn’s enduring friendships, his life-affirming years of husband, father and grandfather all ring the heavenly bell of a life well-lived and a charismatic character well-loved.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Marqua Myers, his children Jeffrey and Linda Myers, stepchildren Kendra Wolford and Kristopher Reams, daughter-in-law Teri Myers and son-in-law Dana Holmes, his grandchildren Maggie, Kate and Frannie Myers, Dashiell Myers-Holmes, Macy, Connor, and Shane Wolford and Remington Reams.

The Myers family will receive friends Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Glenn’s life will begin immediately at 2 p.m.

Contributions in Glenn’s memory to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Glenn’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them ~or watch his tribute video~ at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Glenn was one teacher who left his mark on me. While at Senior High, my junior year, Glenn taught Biology II, and also befriended me by taking me hunting on several occasions. The greatest mark that he left on me was an interest in education and teaching. I obtained both my B.A. and graduate degree in curriculum & instruction, from the University of Oregon, and I taught high school for nine years. Glenn was instrumental in making that happen.

    Seeing him at our 50th class reunion was the highlight of that event for me. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Glen was not only my teacher, but a friend. I took classes taught by him at Malabar all three years and after graduation we stayed in touch. He was a kind, caring compassionate man who epitomizes the true meaning of someone who never saw race, status, or culture as a boundary. My heart is saddened. I will miss him, but also know what an impact he had on so many. I find myself very lucky to have had him in my life. My thoughts are with his family. Peace.

  • I worked at the post office whith Glenn he was such a amazing Man! A true gentlemen! My thoughts and prayers are with your family .

  • Prayers for the family and friends . I truly like talking to Glenn . I met him while he was retired and when he wrote his book . Glenn was very intelligent . God gained another angle today !

  • Oh, my goodness! I was totally shocked and saddened when I read the news of Glenn’s transition.
    Glenn is a Great Man, Great Soul and Great Friend and a Great Example of Light and Love.
    I am thankful he was my teacher in high school and friend in heart ever since! Thank you!
    My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I know we all feel the same! Aloha!

  • To Glenn”s Family:

    He was a great man with lots of wisdom to depart to those who surrounded him.
    Many knew him as an educator and person who got things accomplished.
    I knew him as a good neighbor who enjoyed his family farm and nature.
    He was an asset to his community.
    Janenne Burgett

  • Me. Myers was my biology teacher at Malabar…. what a wonderful man! He knew my career path was nursing and he always made a point of showing me how what we were learning would apply to my career. I ran into him over the years after high school and he always asked about my career , always remembering that I went into nursing. He was a kind, brilliant and funny man who will be greatly missed and left his imprint on so many. To his family… my thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  • My deepest sympathy in Glenn’s passing.
    Condolences from the Gadd family. Mary (Gadd) Braddock

  • The best man and friend, though we have not communicated for a while. Glenn and Marqua have always had a spot in our hearts. Never judgemental. Always there for a laugh. With all the love in our hearts.not only for him but his family. The world lost a great man.

  • Mr. Myers was my Biology and Chemistry teacher at Malabar. He was a fantastic teacher and always ready to help when anyone had questions. I will never forget his kindness to me.

  • Glenn was one wonderful man you could talk to him about anything and he could comfort you I haven’t seen him for a long time but thought of him and Markel often he always seem to be there when we just needed my condolences to you and Marco if you need to talk or anything I’m here for you God has gained a great angel

  • I knew Glen for a short period at the post office but he was a awesome man. He said he remembered the Purdy’s on Darlington Rd which are my mother and her parents place. He always had a smile and laugh with the best of us … sorry for your loss… Glen video showed he lived life to the fullest…. Donny Cline

  • My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family. I first met Glenn when I moved to Bellville in 2003 and bought a car from him for my son. He would occasionally stop by and encourage participation in the dealings of Perry Twp and once brought a plant he wanted to share. It blooms at my house to this day. My last chance encounter was when I stepped on an elevator and there he was. He always spoke so kindly and left you feeling better after seeing him. Our world is now without a wonderful person but he certainly will never be forgotten. He left many positive marks in many lives.

  • Truly saddened by the news of Glenn’s passing. I always found him to be a very dedicated teacher, caring person to students and colleagues, and an all around special person. Know he will be missed by many, but always remembered by all the people who had contact with him in any walk of life. Sincere condolences to the Myers family, and thanks for sharing him with so many of us. RIP Glenn, you did well.

  • Our hearts are saddened this week with news of Glenn’s passing. He and Marqua have been very good friends to us, best friends that we consider family. Our friend Glenn will be truly missed.

  • Marqua, Jeff, and Linda and families, Glenn will be greatly missed by all of us in the family who grew up with him. He was the first of all of we cousins and was loved and respected by all of us. He always made everyone feel comfortable and brightened every occasion. My Mom and Dad, Margaret and Hobert, always loved when he would visit them from the time he was first driving to the time they passed. I’ll never forget that he brought Mom and Dad to my house for their 60th anniversary. That was to be mom’s last big event with the family. He helped make it possible. I’m sorry that I will be unable to attend the celebration of Glenn’s life tomorrow. It would have been great to see all of you and an honor to celebrate Glenn. But though I physically won’t be there, know that in spirit I am with you.

  • My sincere condolences to Glenn’s family. I was so shocked to read of his passing. He was a very kind and caring man. Always polite and always had a smile. When my dad was in the nursing home Glenn would stop by his room and chat with him. Dad always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed by many.
    Marcia Kasper

  • Many memories of our days at Johnsville High school , especially the 1953 basketball team. Glenn was one of the starting five. A good friend that will be missed. Now there are three.

  • Glenn was a generous soul who always treated me kindly. As my high school Biology teacher he inspired me to do my best. I so enjoyed learning from him because he not only made class engaging, but also made me comfortable enough to ask detailed questions. I am so sad to hear of his death, but know that he lives in the memories of us whose lives he touched. Peace and love.

  • We have wonderful memories of Glenn, he will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love and sympathy…

  • Glenn was a long-time friend … a real gentleman. Some of the best memories include playing pickup basketball in the old LHS gym in the 60’s. I ran into Glenn just a few months back and we renewed old times for an hour, or so. I will miss him. His kind doesn’t come along very often.

  • Oh my heart just squeezes to hear of your passing dear friend. You were an inspiration to me and to the academy students we mentored with ROAR at Mansfield Sr High. Your smile and laughter always made me laugh. I will miss the times we spent “fixing the world!” over coffee, or lunch, or at the school cafeteria in between academy classes. What a kind, gentle, and caring soul. Marqua and family, thank you for sharing this special man with us and my deepest sympathy for your loss. May your memory be for a Blessing, Glenn, as you have Blessed the lives of all of us just by knowing you. Peace…

  • My friends and students have often heard the name Glenn Myers because he was the one who inspired me to become a biologist, botanist and naturalist. I still have vivid memories of the excitement I felt in his Malabar class back in 1969. No other teacher shares that place in my heart. After I returned to Mansfield to start the Gorman Nature Center in 1978, we would get together to watch birds, search for rare plants, and talk about the natural world. What a great man he was.