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Glen B. Gainer Jr.

September 10, 2009
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Glen B. Gainer Jr., 82, of Parkersburg went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Glen was born July 4, 1927, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Glen B. Gainer Sr. and Nettie Elizabeth Smith Gainer.

Glen was a 1945 graduate of Parkersburg High School and was a graduate of Marietta College. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Glen was a longtime public servant. He started his career as a school teacher and coach in the Wood County and Warren Local School Systems. He served as mayor of Parkersburg from 1968 to 1970 and retired as West Virginia State Auditor, serving from 1977-1993.

Glen was a member of American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg and was a member of numerous other fraternal organizations. He was a life time tennis player and an avid sports fan. Glen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Parkersburg.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Padgett Gainer, who he married Oct. 31, 1955; one daughter, Beth Criss and her husband, Chris; one son, Glen B. Gainer III and his wife, Susan, all of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Corey Criss, John Gainer, Caitlyn Criss and Joshua Gainer; and one great-granddaughter, Sophie Loen Gainer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John David Gainer; and one brother, Thomas Gainer.

Funeral services for Glen will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Parkersburg with the Rev. Richard McClure and the Rev. Gerald Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church, Ninth and Market streets, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home.

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