Glenn Allen Bayless


(July 13, 2004)

Glenn Allen Bayless, 72, Powell, died July 13 in North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

He was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minn., son of Vera Addie Childs Bayless and Clifford Kelso Bayless. He was a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and the U.S. Army for six years. He received a Good Conduct Medal while serving in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1960.

He married Irma Drew Bower in 1962. He worked in the aerospace industry for many years as a flight line electrician, most of those years with Lockheed Advanced Development Corporation. He took part in the development of the L-1011, the SR-71 Blackbird and the F117-A Stealth Fighter, among other projects. He retired from Lockheed in 1993.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association. He was an avid gun enthusiast. He loved all kinds of music and was an accomplished guitarist, playing his favorite style, that of Chet Atkins. He also loved a good cigar.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a loyal veteran. He was a warm, sensitive man, with a good sense of humor. He kept his sense of humor even when he was ill and charmed the nurses who cared for him. To know him was to love him.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Drew Bayless of Powell; his two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Zelus of Pasa Robles, Calif., and Rose Marie Bayless of Powell; his three grandchildren, Matthew Ryan Zelus, Andrew Jacob Zelus and Emma Isabel Zelus, all of Pasa Robles; and his younger brother, James Leroy Bayless in Minnesota.

Cremation has taken place, and a private memorial service for his family was held at Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell on July 20.