Glen A. Blumhardt, MHS Class of 1954, passed away on Feb. 24, 2019, in Hillsborough, N.C.
He was born in Hibbing, Minn., on Aug. 5, 1936. With his parents, brother Keith and sister Kate, he lived a few blocks away from an open pit iron ore mine. Although the area was very poor because of the Depression, it provided good athletic and educational opportunities for children. Here, even as a young child, Glen began his lifelong goal to be a good athlete and a good student.
In 1943, during World War II, Glen moved to Mondovi, Wis., with his family. He became a leader of the Mondovi Eastside Sports Team, which won numerous awards in city tournaments. Later in the eighth grade, he and his team won the junior high regional basketball tournament much to the chagrin of the former eighth graders who had lost the tournament the year before. In high school he became an excellent football player. There he learned the value of not only being a physically strong and fast player but also an intelligent and responsible teammate.
Graduating from high school in 1954, he then attended Eau Claire State for two years, where he continued to be a good athlete. After serving two years in the Army, he was accepted at West Point, where he was an outstanding football player and leader. In 1962 he graduated from West Point and married Ann Barker of Hillsborough, N.C.
Glen served in the Airborne Rangers for a total of 27 years, including two combat tours in Vietnam. After completing graduate work at Rensselaer, he taught mathematics at West Point for several years. Glen served at many military bases, including in Germany where he lived with his family for three years. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 1987. Upon his retirement, Glen lived and worked in the Hillsborough area, where he won many tennis matches.
He is survived by his wife Ann; daughter, Candy; son, Glen B.; daughter-in-law, Felix; grandson, Sam; granddaughter, Cameron; grandson, Jack; sister, Kate; sister-in-law, Virginia; three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Keith.
Glen will always be missed by family and friends. He was a true gentleman who was intelligent, loyal, generous, and practical. He also had a great sense of humor and could always make one laugh, no matter the situation. Glen succeeded in his quest to be a good athlete and also a good man.
A memorial service will be held at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., with interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., at a date to be determined.