Charles “Buzz” Bradley Glass Jr., 87, of John Day, Oregon, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021. The irony of his passing on April Fools was not lost on his family.
Buzz was born November 14, 1933, in Fairfield, California, to Charles Bradley Glass Sr. and Bessie Barkley. He grew up on the Ehmann Duck Club in Benicia, California.
With a passion for the outdoors and a penchant for mischief, Buzz spent his youth exploring the marshland. He repaired washed-up boats before heading off for countless adventures with his dog Suzy in tow.
After graduating from Benicia High School in 1951, Buzz proudly enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve for 27 years as a heavy equipment mechanic. In time, his unwavering belief in our armed forces inspired others to serve. Following his retirement, Buzz pursued classes at Solano Community College. He showed us time spent learning never goes to waste.
Always up for a wacky adventure, he was never afraid to find his own way in life and taught us that life is lived now. He was an avid cross-country traveler and attended car shows as the proud owner of a historic Model A. His free spirit was captured in the moments when he’d drive right past ‘Do Not Enter’ signs, much to the panic and amusement of his fellow travelers.
Buzz’s sparkling wit and puns kept those around him in stitches. An honest man, we could be sure most of every story was true. His passions were many, including animals, fishing, music, bridge, cribbage, camping, gardening, and tinkering. He had the uncanny ability to find happiness in all he did. A man of compassion and generosity, Buzz was active in his community and continued his commitments to the bird club, democrat club, and attending church with his wife late into life. He was a pillar to his family, and the wonderous tales from his life will be cherished by many.
He was preceded in death by his former wife and mother of his children, Sharron Yvonne Abeel of Napa, California; wife and fellow adventurer, Kathey Beck Glass of Magalia, California; parents, Charles Bradley Glass Sr. and Bessie Barkley Glass of Benicia, California; and sister, Elizabeth Drotor of Arvada, Colorado.
Buzz is survived by his wife, Margaret Glass of California; children, Bradley (Susan) Glass of North Carolina; Curtis (Lorraine) Glass of Washington; Cynthia Stephen) Mitchell of California and Brenda (Jay) Tarramasso of Oregon; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hope for Paws or the Alzheimer’s Association through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.
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