Glen Brock Brittain, 98, Jasper

Glen BrittainGlen Brock Brittain, 98, of Jasper, died Saturday (August 12) at the Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Saunemin, Illinois, May 4, 1919, to Earl and Alta Susan (Yates) Brittain. He married Betty Boger March 2, 1946, in Washington, D.C.

Glen was a 1937 graduate of Otwell High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served the duration of World War II under General George S. Patton as a combat engineer with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, part of “Hell on Wheels” – 2nd Armored Division in the European Theatre. He participated in several major battles including the North African Invasion, the Sicily Invasion, and the Normandy Invasion, landing on Omaha Beach. He was awarded two Purple Heart medals for combat injuries suffered while fighting in Germany. In 2004 he was awarded the VFW Living Hero Award. His combat history has been recorded by the Veterans History Project and can be found in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673, and Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. He was a lifelong farmer in Boone Township where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and spending time outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Brittain; two daughters, Glenda Wagner and husband Steve, Jasper, and Brenda McDonnell and husband Terry, Lancaster, South Carolina; one son, Greg Brittain, New Palestine; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Geneva Himsel, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Brittain, one daughter-in-law, Vicki Brittain, one grandson, Chad McDonnell, and one sister, Alberta Mae Brittain, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh UMC, Jasper VFW Post No 673, or to the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. Online condolences may be made at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh UMC with burial following in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Rev. Dan Sinkhorn and Pastor Paul Alvey will officiate.

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