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Glennon L. Morton

December 22, 1939 February 5, 2021
Glennon L. Morton
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Glennon L. Morton, 81, of Peoria, passed away on February 5, 2021, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. Born December 22, 1939, in Chamois, MO. to Lawrence and Rheua (Lamb) Morton. He married Gertrude “Trudy” Hausner on June 22, 1968 in Naperville, Il. She survives along with three daughters, Ann (Bill) Fulton of Peoria Heights, IL., Sara (Justin) O’Reilly of Oak Park, Il., and Linda (Michael) Studeny of Denver, Co.; one brother, Charles “Charlie” (Frances) Morton of Bloomington, Il.; one sister, Patricia “Pat” Mehmert of Chamois, MO.; seven grandchildren, Madeline, Will and Ryan Fulton, Imogen and Fergus O’Reilly, and Cora and Hyde Studeny.



Glen was born in the family home in the small town of Chamois, Missouri and was named after the then Bishop of St. Louis, Bishop Glennon. He attended grade and high school in Chamois. In high school, he selected every science and math course offered. He was the class emcee for plays, and he helped his father on the farm 8 miles away from town.



At the age of seventeen, Glen attended the University of Missouri (Columbia) where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was then commissioned a US Army Officer as a 2nd Lieutenant. While waiting to enter the Army he worked in the GM assembly plant in Kansas City, MO while staying with his brother Charlie and his wife Frances, and they vacationed to the World's Fair in Seattle.



After 27 months of Army service he returned to the University of Missouri where he earned a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was then employed by Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, IL, where he worked his entire career including a two-and-half-year overseas assignment in Brussels, Belgium testing Caterpillar’s first Hydraulic Excavator.



Glen was an inventor and an engineer’s engineer. Having grown up on a farm, Glen knew how things worked, why they broke, and how to fix them with flair and ingenuity. He was happiest in his career at Caterpillar developing, testing, and configuring new products.



He started work with Caterpillar at the Proving Grounds, worked as a specialist in the Power Train business, and was instrumental as a product expert in Caterpillar’s early Rail and Oil & Gas Frac Rigs.



Glen was one-of-a-kind, which was widely acknowledged by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He knew no strangers and was known by all as a friendly, engaging, larger-than-life personality who knew of no problem he couldn’t solve, no gadget he couldn’t tinker with, and no political conversation he could leave without providing his two cents. His fashion sense was also much beloved and enjoyed by many. He was also a devoted Catholic who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land on his own to appreciate and deepen his faith. Despite being a country boy at heart, he was also an avid world traveler and loved visiting the big cities of the world as much as he loved being down on the family farm.



Glen had an incredible memory and was a great storyteller. His stories were always warm and vivid, accurately recalling every detail from the people he was with, to the exact date and time and what the weather was like that day. Glen’s stories were rich, funny and flattering, remembering the best about all the people and places he experienced.



Glen was an active member of the Peoria community generously donating his time and energy to the St. Thomas Garage Sale, the Food Pantry, and Sophia’s Kitchen. He actively supported local politics and served on the board of the Bailey’s Creek Cemetery in Chamois, MO.



Above all Glen loved his family and they loved him dearly. He was incredibly close to his brother and sister his entire life. He was immensely proud of his three girls, #1, #2, and #3 as he affectionately called them, and they referred to themselves as such with equal enthusiasm, and his grandchildren. Glen was present and engaged at all of his grandchildren’s special events. Glen will be sorely missed as his family cherished every bit of their time with him.



A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with Msgr. Jason Gray officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, February 8, 2021, from 5 to 7 PM at the church, with recitation of the Rosary at 7 PM. Further visitation will be half an hour prior to the mass on Tuesday. A graveside service will be on Thursday, February 11, at 11 AM at Bailey’s Creek Cemetery in Chamois, MO.



In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Parish.

Friends are encouraged to share their favorite Glen story and may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

8

Feb

5:00 PM 2/8/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/8/2021 7:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

9

Feb

10:30 AM 2/9/2021 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/9/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Tuesday

9

Feb

11:00 AM 2/9/2021 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2/9/2021 12:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Bailey's Creek Cemetery Final Resting Place

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Chamois, MO .

.. Chamois . MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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