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Glen Segundo Ives, Chief Warrant Officer (4), United States Army (Retired), 84, of Orlando, Florida, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving son and daughter on Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Neighborhood Hospice Center, Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He died as he lived—bravely--like the true soldier he was.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Jung (Jaye) S. Ives, with whom he shared 55 years of true love, happiness, and adventure.
He is survived by his son, Glen R. Ives, Captain, United States Navy (Retired), daughter-in-law Barbara Arlene, Captain, United States Navy Reserve (Retired), and their sons Glen Christopher (Elizabeth), former Lieutenant, United States Navy, Matthew Francis (Amanda), Major, United States Marine Corps Reserve and Specialist John Alexander, United States Army, of St. Mary’s County, Maryland; his daughter and baby Linda Susana Ives, former Captain, United States Army, son-in-law Philip J. Rymiszewski, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve (Retired), and their sons Spencer Keenan Ives and Archer Cameron Ives, of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Glen was born and raised in Locayo, Chile. His father, Glen Perry Ives, upon graduation from college in South Dakota, decided to travel abroad to South America to seek his fortune and settled in Chile, where he established a mining operation and met and married his wife Gustavina del Transito Castillo de Ives. Glen Segundo was their 8th and youngest child and inherited his father’s courageous spirit for adventure and discovery. He exercised his U.S. citizenship on his 18th birthday and came to the United States to enlist in the U.S. Army during the Korean War to honor his father who had passed away several years earlier.
After Basic Training, he found himself on a ship bound for Korea. Years later, he would say that during that long crossing, he had a premonition that his life would change there … and surely it did. What followed could have been the theme of a great romance novel from that era. Serendipitously, he met a very bright, beautiful, and engaging young police woman while serving in post war Seoul, Korea. And although they spoke very different languages and had grown up in dissimilar cultures a world apart, an overwhelming “love at first sight” brought them together and made them determined to overcome the immovable bureaucracies of two governments, to marry. Marry they did! And that was the providential beginning of an extraordinary life together as they started their family and embraced an Army adventure that took them all across the globe on many assignments and tours that brought them true happiness, purpose, and fulfillment. After Korea and a follow on assignment in Japan, they moved every year or two throughout their Army life.
For many years, it was just the four of them together through those many duty stations, and as challenging as that nomadic life could have been, they were successful in achieving their most important life goal, always providing the most loving home and a deep sense of learning for their two children. Even as Glen served three separate year-long tours in Vietnam, their family only grew stronger through their enduring example of unwavering love and devotion.
After over 30 years of distinguished service and sacrifice for his country, through the end of the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Cold War, Glen retired from the Army and joined Martin Marietta which later became Lockheed Martin, leading their global logistics support program for the Apache helicopter. He continued to share his boundless knowledge and experience and caring leadership with his Lockheed Martin team and inspired them to achieve numerous milestones and awards while directly supporting this vitally important Army aviation capability through the Gulf War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Despite over 55 years of professional service and hard work, Glen is most remembered as the most devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to bring happiness to his family, and he truly embodied the old but compelling phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” That simple ethic, combined with his abiding, steadfast love served as the foundation of his life and as an enduring inspiration for his children and grandchildren.
That humble but powerful phrase also characterized his fight with cancer over the past two years. He personified grace, strength, and determination while soldiering through, once again, another daunting life challenge, a challenge he never let defeat him. He was blessed to experience the same exceptional love, care, and support as his wife Jaye, from the incredibly dedicated health care professionals of Chester County Hospital and the Cancer Center of Chester County. Their family will always be forever grateful to them.
His funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 at St. Agnes Church, 233 West Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania; visitation from 9:00-10:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 10:00. Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Our friends are invited to share in camaraderie at a luncheon following the funeral service at Penn Oaks Golf Club, 150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, Pa.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Cancer Center of Chester County, 440 E. Marshall St. Ste 201, West Chester, Pa. 19380. All arrangements are being managed by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith and Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com
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