Ward To Be Parade Marshal
Lovingly known to many in and outside of the Southern Fulton School District as “Pappy,” Buck Valley resident Glenn Ward will be heading up a long line of tractors, floats and marching units Saturday morning when the Fulton Fall Folk Festival parade gets under way at 10:30 a.m.
To be accompanied by his wife, Bonnie, Glenn will be transported horse-and-buggy-style up Lincoln Way to the Fulton County Fairgrounds compliments of Clem and Jana Malot. Selected by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism to serve as parade marshal, Glenn also recently took top honors this spring when the chamber proclaimed him “Person of the Year” for 2008.
A bit of a world traveler, Glenn has logged some miles for both the military and for his ongoing involvement with the Warfordsburg Lions Club. Glenn spent two years in the Navy, beginning in 1945, and served as a cook serving around 495 naval officers. Several years later, between 1950 and 1951, Glenn proudly served with the Air Force during the Korean War as a radio and radar operator.
Upon returning to the United States, Glenn and Bonnie raised four sons: Dennis, husband of Lisa, of Greencastle; Randy, husband of Trecila, of Warfordsburg; Wayne, husband of Tammy, also of Greencastle; and Eugene, husband of Joy, also of the Warfordsburg area.
Meanwhile, Glenn resumed his travels, logging a whopping 4 million miles as a truck driver with Anchor Motors in Baltimore, Md. He retired in 1991 but only to jump behind the wheel of a school bus with the Southern Fulton School District. Whether it was a baseball game that resulted in a disappointing loss or a triumphant victory or a choral or band event where students made beautiful music, Glenn reminisces that the best years of his busing career were spent hauling kids on his extracurricular activity route. He will sadly allow his license to drive bus expire in 2010.
Having made an impact on Southern Fulton’s student body during his tenure, the class of 2002 dedicated its yearbook to “Pappy Glenn Ward” in appreciation of his time and years of service. He was also the recipient of an honorary chapter FFA degree.
Glenn joined the Warfordsburg Lions Club more than 37 years ago, with his perfect attendance and enthusiasm earning him the 2007 Lions Leadership Award. With almost four decades spent with the community service organization, Glenn has been president on four occasions and has also been the recipient of the Lion of the Year, Traveling Ambassador and the Melvin Jones Lions Award.
On a local level, Glenn has also played an active role as a member of the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging of Fulton, Bedford and Huntingdon counties.
Following Ward through the parade will be a variety of tractors, including the special feature Minneapolis Moline tractor and equipment to commemorate the “Return of the Prairie Gold Rush Convention.” Antique cars, marching units, fire equipment and floats will also comprise the several hour parade. Floats are asked to line up along North First Street in order to be interspersed throughout the parade lineup.