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Charles Edwin Glendening
Charles Edwin Glendening of Kittanning, PA died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 12, 1926 in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, PA to George and Mary (Lutz) Glendening.
Mr. Glendening was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Air Corps with the Army Airways Communication Service. He was a radio operator and air traffic controller in Vienna, Austria and in Bucharest, Romania.
Charles graduated from New Kensington High School in 1944. He later received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies and English from Indiana State Teachers College and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Charles served the Public Schools for more than thirty-three years. He began his career as a teacher of four grades in one room in the old two room school in Connequenessing, Butler County in 1951. He became Principal of schools in Evans City, Butler County in 1953 and later Principal of schools in Bellvue, in Allegheny County in 1958. In 1964, he was elected Assistant Superintendent of the Armstrong County Public Schools and served there until 1971 when the County School Offices were discontinued, after 147 years of existence in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Glendening was elected as the first Executive Director of ARIN Intermediate Unit, which began operation on July 1, 1971. ARIN was an administrative unit designed to provide services to all of the school districts of Armstrong and Indiana Counties. He also was instrumental in the construction of the Indiana County Vocational-Technical School in 1981 and was its first Chief Administrator.
He retired from the public schools in 1984 to become a representative of an Insurance Group. He had, during his school work developed group insurance plans for public employees which save school districts millions of dollars. He continued these efforts until 1995 when he retired again to his woodworking and clock-making that he began as a hobby twenty-five years before. Since that time, he had made more than 350 clocks of many designs and sizes of which were sold to people all over the United States. Charles also enjoyed many years of traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his one son, Charles E. Glendening, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Butler, PA; one grandson, Andrew Glendening and wife Christina and sons Lucas and Jacob of Crofton, MD; and one granddaughter, Meredith Anderson and husband Travis of Worthington, PA.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty L. (Kuntz) Glendening of Kittanning, whom he married November 26, 1948 and who died October 10, 2011; two brothers, Eugene and Robert Glendening; and two sisters, Ruth Reiter and Mary Belle Mantz.
Friends will be received from 2 PM until the time of the funeral service at 3 PM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 515 N. McKean Street, Kittanning, PA with the Rev. Bruce Gascoine officiating.
Entombment will be in the Temple of All Faiths Mausoleum at Lawn Haven Burial Estates, East Franklin Township, Armstrong County, PA.
Memorial contributions may be given to Orphans of the Storm, PO Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16201.
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