John Glenn passed away December 8, 2016 at the age of 95, surrounded by his wife of 73 years, children and grandchildren.
In 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, and entered into our history books to be forever remembered. He served in the military as a fighter pilot in WWII and the Korean War, and following his retirement from NASA served his home state of Ohio holding a seat in the U.S. Senate. In 1998 he went to space yet again, becoming the oldest man to enter space at 77 years old.
John was highly decorated for his many accomplishments and sacrifices, but the thing people come away remember about him was his integrity. His deep faith, the love he had for his family, and his patriotism were based on this integrity. His wife was his hero, speaking volumes of his character. Inspired by Pearl Harbor to take an active role in defending America, his inspiration turned into careers of service to his country.
As we celebrate the life of this hero, we remember the words of Scott Carpenter, “Godspeed, John Glenn.” Eternal rest, grant him, O Lord.