Glenn E. Truscott Obituary
Rev. Glenn E. Truscott was born in Butte, Montana. His second career, a Methodist minister, took him to many churches and communities throughout western Montana where he was the resident pastor. He served (1960-1983) in Deer Lodge, Broadwater, Great Falls Townsend, Radersberg, Toston, Fromberg, Edger, Roberts, Cascade, Sunnyside, Sand Coulee, Dutton, Brady, and finally Anaconda.
Glenn and Lenore moved and served churches with three sons (Glenn Jr, Don, Tom) in tow. His duties often required him to “circuit ride” two to three of these churches at a time, much like his inspiration: the legendary Brother Van Orsdel, who preached across frontier Montana. Besides conducting funerals at many other churches, Glenn also “pinched preached” at Bannock, Wise River, Butte’s Mountain View Methodist Church and Clarkston, Washington Methodist Church.
Glenn spent his pre-teen years on a sheep ranch in Divide, Montana and after graduation from Butte High School, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served as an Aviation Machinist Mate and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During World War II Glenn was on the flight deck of the USS Hornet in April of 1942 during the historic launching of (then) Col. Doolittle and his group of sixteen B-25’s for their attack on Japan. A month-and-half later he went through the Battle of Midway. Later, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the USS Hornet was again under attack by Japanese dive-bombers. The USS Hornet was sunk. Picked up by a destroyer, he was assigned to another aircraft carrier and then to the USS Valley Forge, which sailed around the world promoting peace during 1947 and 1948. The Korean War started in 1950 and he served on the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea. Glenn’s 20-year Navy career also saw him on aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown retiring in 1960.
He retired from the ministry in 1983 traveling the globe with Lenore and enjoying his favorite sport fly-fishing the rivers and streams near Butte, His sons, their wives, children (five grandchildren, one great grandchild, one great grandchild due soon) enjoy wading northwestern waters, fly poles in hand.