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Glenn Woolard, 87, of Camby, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on January 19, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born on the family farm in Freedom, Indiana on November 1, 1929 to William Rex and Edna (Deem) Woolard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Gordon, Wilma "Dude" Morley and Glenda Dillon. Surviving brothers are Charles "Junior" Woolard of Vincennes and Jack Woolard of Plainfield.

Glenn's early life was spent on the farm working the fields, caring for livestock, and playing practical jokes on his brothers and sisters. In High School, where he had the nickname "Big Red", he was a star basketball player for the Spencer Cops. He later enlisted in the 38th Infantry Division of the Indiana National Guard. While in the Guard, he also played basketball on their team. He attended Indiana University for 2 years and was a great fan of IU Basketball and Football and attended many of their home games. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and walking thru the woods in spring in search of morel mushrooms that Carol would fry as the main dish for dinner. His own speciality in cooking was making an apple crisp topped with a profusion of pecans which was sometimes mistaken for a pecan crisp with a few apples thrown in for good measure.

He met Carol Olson of South Haven, Michigan, on a blind date when Carol and her friends were on vacation at McCormick's Creek State Park. Thus began a romance culminating in a 64 year marriage. This union produced three children, Douglas (deceased), Gregg of New York City and Pennie Rowland of Camby. His grandchildren are Jennifer St.John of Greenwood, Matthew Woolard of Camby, Yewande Gore of California and Jay Rowland of Camby. Great grandchildren are Allison, Erin and Ryan Glenn St.John of Greenwood.

In the early 1960's, Glenn co-founded a construction company, bought and subdivided acreage on the outskirts of Mooresville and began building houses. During that time, he mentored family members and high school students, teaching them construction skills as well as life lessons that went beyond the building trades. All were richer for the experience of working with Glenn.

Glenn and Carol continued building in and around Mooresville as Woolard Construction. Later in his building career, he teamed up with Bill Swinney and carved out the Collett Subdivisions on Landersdale Road.

Glenn was a fun loving, happy, positive and personable kind of guy. He always had a joke or some funny story to tell. He was an honest, hard worker and could make a deal with the shake of a hand. His wishes were to be cremated,and instead of a service he would like family and friends to raise high a toast in celebration of his life.


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