Hobart Glen Holcomb, known to his family and friends as Glen, passed away on the evening of January 13, 2013 from complications of Alzhiemer's disease.
Glen, 90, was born in Fola, W.Va. May 19, 1922, to Salina and Frank Holcomb. He was the sixth of 11 children and the first in his very rural family to attend high school. The day he graduated, he enlisted in the service as the war had just broken out that winter. He requested and was assigned to the motor pool. The recruiters didn't know he had never driven a vehicle. Four years later he was flying bombers over Germany. He led his squadron on more than one occasion despite never achieving a rank above captain because of his youth.
Near the end of the war he married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Keith. After discharge from the service he earned an engineering degree and became a commercial airline pilot. Flying was a passion that he never considered work, and it was with true regret that he retired from Delta Airlines in 1982 after 33 years of service, based primarily in Miami.
Glen loved the outdoors and the simple life. He enjoyed seeing new country and hunting for the perfect virgin trout stream. A small country golf course was guaranteed to bring a smile to his face. He considered it his responsibility to teach his grandchildren how to ski. He also was never afraid of hard work and maintained a Christmas tree farm for fun in Georgia with his wife after retirement. Even in his mid-80s he was wielding saws and heavy equipment to clear land to help build his daughter's house.
Glen moved to Talent, Ore. in 2005 to be closer to his daughter and to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of the Northwest. He loved his new community and never stopped talking about the size of the trees, the fall colors, and the kindness of the people.
Glen is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen, and his four children, Barbara Holcomb (Rick) Kozol, of Talent, Richard Holcomb, of Austin, Texas, Dan (Joanne) Holcomb, of Miami, FL, and Scott (Gina) Holcomb, of Seattle, Wash. Glen also has five grandchildren, and 7.5 great-grandchildren.
The family will have a private celebration of life January 18, 2013. Condolences to the widow may be sent to her home at 4452 Payne Road, Medford, OR 97504.