MADISON - Glenn Arthur Wilcox, 84 passed away peacefully on October 10th, 2012 at Agrace Hospice surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. Glenn was born to Arthur and Nettie on January 18, 1928. He was a life-long resident of Madison- East Side. As a youth Glenn was a member of the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout Badge and participating in the Madison Scout’s Drum and Bugle Corps. In high school he worked as a lifeguard at many Madison beaches. Glenn was also an avid outdoorsman, fishing the Madison lakes year round and bird and deer hunting. He was a proud graduate of East High’s “Fabulous Class of ‘45” and attended every class reunion since. Glenn served in the Navy for 22 months, in San Diego, as a Hospital Corpsman. Upon returning to Madison he attended the UW. He then joined the Madison Fire Department on March 16, 1949, following in his dad’s footsteps. In 1951 he married his sweetheart Betty Warnish. He was recalled to the Navy for the Korean war and continued serving his country for 17 months. Upon returning to the Madison Fire Department he served as a firefighter, driver, lieutenant, captain, district chief, assistant chief and in administration. Glenn retired in 1986 after serving the city for 37 years. Upon retirement Glenn enjoyed traveling with Betty, playing golf, and volunteering. He was a charter member of St. Peter Catholic Church, serving as trustee, Eucharistic minister, usher, parish council member and Bereavement minister. He served at funeral masses for 27 years. Glenn was a genuine, humble, fun-loving man who touched the lives of everyone he met. He enjoyed sharing a joke or funny story with family and friends. His greatest joy in life was serving others.
He is survived by Betty, his wife of 61 years, daughters Linda (Steve) Parr, Mary Kay (Richard) Kirsner, Rosemarie (Dell) Kubler, 5 grandchildren, Kristin (Ryan Basballe) and Brandon (Katy) Parr, Ethan and Eva Rose Kubler, Elizabeth Kirsner, two great grandsons, Owen and Wesley Basballe. He is also survived by his sister Doris (Jerry) Phillips. He was preceded in death by his daughter Corinne, his parents, and his sister Jean.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST.PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 11:00AM on Monday, October 15, 2012, with Monsignor Charles Schluter and Fr. Rodger Nilles presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00PM until 8:00PM on Sunday, October 14, 2012 and again at the church from 10:00AM until time of service on Monday.
“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” Danny Thomas
Per Glenn’s request, “Glenn Wilcox died, Buick for sale.”
We are deeply grateful for all who cared for Glenn, especially the St. Peter Bereavement staff, his Agrace HospiceCare in-home team and care center staff, along with the Bright Star CNA’s. In lieu of flowers donations in Glenn’s name can be made to Agrace HospiceCare Inc. 5395 East Cheryl Pkwy. Fitchburg 53711, St. Peter Catholic Church 5001 N. Sherman Ave. Madison 53704 or a charity of your choice.