Frank William Glidden, 67, of Taylor, died March 10, 2012, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow, after a long battle with cancer.
Frank’s wishes were to be cremated. A graveside memorial service was Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Taylor Cemetery in Taylor, with Pastor Alan Petersen officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Taylor Fire Department. Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell was in charge of arrangements.
Frank Glidden was born Oct. 17, 1944, in his grandmother Glidden’s house in Dunning. Being born two months premature, he fit into a size 11 shoebox. He attended school in Dunning and graduated from Halsey-Dunning High School in 1963.
Frank enjoyed participating in high school sports, 4H, and rodeo all the while haying for a local rancher, Garrett Roseberry, in the summer.
After graduation, he married Helen Richards and continued to work for Zutervern Ranch for five years. They then moved to Overton in 1970, where he worked for Lee Vaughn, a local rancher and feed lot operator, and enjoyed team roping and coon hunting with Frank Crooker.
In 1981, Frank and his family moved to Taylor, where he started as a propane service technician for Great Western Gas Company and moved up to propane service manager for both the Sargent and Burwell stores.
Frank and Helen raised five kids. Frank loved spending time with family. His doors were always open for whoever wanted to go hunting, fishing, or site seeing. He especially enjoyed teaching kids and grandkids to be self-sufficient and care for themselves.
Frank is survived by his wife, Helen Glidden of Taylor; five children, Duke and Timi Glidden of Loretto, Melissa and Darren Reese of Valdez, Alaska, Morgan Glidden of Taylor, Nicole and Shawn Huffman of Burwell, and Luke and Tami Glidden of Taylor; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Vernette McMillan of Milburn, and Leilla and Richard Shultz of Tok, Alaska; an uncle, two aunts and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild.
Published in Custer County Chief, March 15, 2012