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William Glenn Giles

January 21, 1931 — June 9, 2023

William Glenn Giles

WILLIAM GLENN GILES, 92, born January 21, 1931 in Akron, Ohio, died peacefully on June 9, 2023. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Grace "Penny" Giles (nee Hunter); his parents, Gib and Edna Giles; his sisters, Margaret Tejral, Linda Mellen and Norma Christy; and his brother, Kenneth Giles.

Father to Valerie Durham of Melbourne, FL., Glenn Giles (Dana) of Melbourne, FL., Jeffrey Giles (Jan) of Copley, OH and Pamela Harget (Lee) of Akron, OH; loving grandfather of Nathan, Graham, John, Kelsey, Samantha, Vanessa, Gibb, Emma and Jessica and great grandfather of Wyatt, Rowan and Valen. He is also survived by sister in law JoAnn Giles and many loved nieces and nephews.

Glenn was a graduate of Copley High School. He then proudly enlisted in the United States Navy where he served on the USS Lewis Hancock as a sonar operator in the Pacific during the Korean War. Upon his return from the Navy, he went to work for the next 43 years at the Ford Motor Company as an electrician, retiring in 1998. For most of their marriage, he and Penny lived in Bath where they enjoyed raising their family. Using his skills as a high school baseball pitcher (he was invited to try out for the then Cleveland Indians), Glenn coached many years of Bath little league baseball. He and Penny enjoyed many fun times with Kenneth and JoAnn including time spent western dancing, performing as part of the Bath Players, and traveling to Florida with many side stops exploring local history.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 9:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at 10:00 AM, at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd, Copley. Inurnment with Military Honors will be on June 26, 2023 at 9:15 AM at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glenn's name to AMVETS Post 176, 3944 Wheatley Rd, Richfield, OH 44286. The family wishes to extend deep gratitude to the staff at Altercare/Wadsworth for the loving care they provided to Glenn and Penny.

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Calling Hours

Saturday, June 24, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Hummel Funeral Home - Copley

3475 Copley Road, Copley, OH 44321

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 24, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Hummel Funeral Home - Copley

3475 Copley Road, Copley, OH 44321

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Graveside Service

Monday, June 26, 2023

9:00 - 9:45 am (Eastern time)

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

10175 Rawiga Rd., Seville, OH 44273

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