PLENTYWOOD — Funeral services for Glyn W. Deem will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. Pastor Chansy Charles will officiate at the service at the First Congregational Church in Plentywood, with Masonic Rites by Dale Adams, and limited military honors at conclusion of the Christian rites. A reception will follow, with procession to Medicine Lake Cemetery leaving the church at approximately 3 p.m. Glyn died of natural causes at his Plentywood home Monday evening, Nov. 1,2010, he was 90.
Glyndale Webster (Glyn) Deem was born to William and Lydia Deem on March 14,1920, in Medicine Lake, Mont. He was the oldest of three children born to Bill, a Great Northern depot agent and farmer and Lydia, homemaker and farm wife. After high school graduation in 1938, he worked at the Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge and in Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Civilian Pilot Training Program, taught locally by Judge Hoven and Thor Thorstenson.
When WWII broke out he enlisted in the Marine Corps, Aviation Unit, and was stationed in California and Hawaii.
After seven years of service he attended UCLA for one year and then returned to Montana to help on the family farm.
He was one of the founders of the Montana Grain Growers and received recognition for 25 years of service.
Glyn was known for his outstanding skill as a professional wedding and event photographer, as well as news photographer for the local and state newspapers. His interest in photography started with his dad who, in 1912, snapped pictures of threshing crews, developed them by kerosene lamp and delivered them the next day. Glyn's collection of cameras ranges from a large photostat copier to a Minox, smaller than half a deck of cards.
In 1954, Glyn and Pauline Blue were married. Although they had no children of their own they “adopted” their nieces and nephews with support and encouragement.
Glyn was a member of the Masonic Lodge, serving as an officer in several capacities. He was a Friend of 4-H and as a Friend of the Library he read the local newspaper to audio tape for those in need.
Anyone who sang with Glyn could appreciate his mellow baritone voice singing and reading. As a member of the First Congregational Church, UCC in Medicine Lake and later in Plentywood he served as a faithful follower in various positions.
Glyn is survived by friend and companion, Cherryl Wagner of Plentywood; sisters Betty Lee of Plentywood and Darlyne Lamb of Spokane and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Pauline; half-brother Bob; and half-sister, Alpha.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements.