Glenn Eldon "Red" Ferguson, resident of Oakland, Calif , formerly of Reinbeck, died peacefully in his sleep on December 7, 2012 at the age of 94 after a short stay in the health center of the retirement community in Piedmont, Calif. where he had lived for the past 11 years.
He was born on a farm in Traer to William Henry Ferguson and Emma Josephine Jacobs on 25, 1918. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1945 seeing combat in the Solomon Islands as a motor machinist's mate on PT 117 which was destroyed by Japanese bombers. He then served on the crew of several other boats. After the war, he married Margaret Bern, had a son, David, and began a partnership in plumbing, heating and a/c with Bud Robinson in Reinbeck. He was called back for the Korean conflict in 1951 and received an honorable discharge in 1952 and returned to take over the business in Reinbeck. He sold his business in 1967 and moved to Waterloo where he retired after many years as head of maintenance for (then) St. Francis Hospital.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, sisters Betty and Ruby, and brother Rodger. He is survived by sisters Catherine, Carole and Marjory, and brother Bob, as well as son David, wife Debi, three granddaughters, five great grandsons and three great-great grandchildren.
A private family celebration was held on December 15, with a planned scattering at sea to be held in the spring.