Kenneth “Glenn” Hart, 94, of Masontown, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at home with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Greer, on February 10, 1924, a son of the late Lonnie and Ada Mae (Dalton) Hart.
Glenn had a few jobs during his life, including newspaper delivery, digging graves by hand, using a shovel and spud bar, and as a school bus driver for Preston County. For many summers, the bus would be parked on the last day of school and he would make the annual trips to Canada to hunt and fish with close friends.
Glenn was a true outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, digging ginseng, yellow root and ramps. He had great pride in his vegetable and flower gardens, always bountiful and beautiful due to his “green thumb” and his “special fertilizer”. When not outside, Glenn would stay busy making fishing lures, necklaces from bear teeth, claws and turkey spurs, and other unique crafts.
It was a challenge to beat him in a game of 500 Rummy and he always had a keen eye for that one jigsaw puzzle piece.
He was an extremely proud veteran of WWII (1943-1945), for which he wanted to be remembered for the most. He served his country in the US Army, as a member of the 953rd Field Artillery, Battery A, as active duty took him to Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Glenn is survived by a son, Kenny Hart and wife, Kim, of Washington; two daughters, Susan Shahan, of Masontown and Donna Guseman and husband Burchell Maddy, of Reedsville; six grandchildren, Kevin Hart and wife Lisa, Teresa Zamora and husband Ethan, Brad Hart, David Ridenour and wife Rhonda, Cherity Shahan and Chris Guseman; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher Hart, Heather Hart, Kortney Barker, Kaitlyn Zamora, Kimber Zamora, Alex Shahan, Davey Mayle and Erica Mayle; a great-great-grandson, Carter Mayle; a brother, Dennis Hart and his parakeets, Pete and Rose.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Wanda Ruth (Williams) Hart; eldest daughter, Barbara Ridenour; a son-in-law, Carl Ridenour; a grandson, Robbie Shahan; a brother, Dale Hart and three sisters, Leona Myers, Virginia Uphole and Elsie McCabe.
Friends may call at the Field Funeral Home, in Masontown, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, from noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, and at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24, for the funeral services. Interment will follow at the Arthurdale Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Preston County Honor Guard and the WVANG Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions of supplies/donations in Glenn’s memory to Amedisys Hospice, 246 Cheat Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508, to be used for prayer blankets/shawls to provide comfort to other Hospice patients.
His family would like to extend gratitude to all those involved in his care the past few months, including the staff and services provided at Pine Ridge Nursing Home, Preston County Senior Citizens “At Home Inc”, and Amedisys Hospice.
A special thank you goes to all of the private caregivers that became extensions of the Hart family, including Terry Ice, Ashlee McMillen and Jodi Gatain. The Hart family is grateful for Glenn’s niece Debbie Born and neighbors Travis White and Crystal Ray for helping without hesitation when called upon.
Lastly, a special thank you to neighbor Rick Blosser, for always being there, above and beyond.