Every year the Wadena News runs an extra section for the last issue before Christmas, and in 2013 I had just started working there. Off I went to Saskatoon and visited Glenn and Janet, who both grew up in this area and are family friends, so we could include a story about Fury Guitars. “Smalltown boy does good!” Glenn joked, guessing that back home, people who “knew him when” would probably be surprised. He’d been a wild and crazy young man, and who would ever have thought, Janet said, that he would accomplish so much. She was very proud of him and what he’d done, and what they’d built together.
It was a lovely visit, as it always is. Janet and my aunt Reta have been the best of friends since they were girls, so when Reta comes up from the States, she spends a couple days with Janet. I usually drop her off there or pick her up (sometimes both), but whichever it is, Janet welcomes me with a big warm hug and Glenn is always willing to show off the shop. I don’t often stay long, but the ladies sit up late into the night playing cards, while Glenn, I think, might be out in the shop behind the house, working on his guitars. A night owl all the way.
Glenn passed away on Saturday. The images on this page were taken from the December 2013 issue of the Wadena News.
Here’s the current story in the Leader Post: