F. Glenn Phinney

F. Glenn Phinney, 83, of Overland Park, Kansas died Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kansas. Glenn was born on November 23, 1928 in Belleville, Kansas to Eugene and Beulah (Stephens) Phinney. Glenn graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1946, where he performed in stage productions and the glee club. Glenn studied science and electronics at the junior college in Hutchinson after graduation. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for over 50 years in Hutchinson, Salina, Marion, and Olathe, Kansas. He was the longest-tenured employee in the history of the State of Kansas at the time of his retirement in 1994 Glenn was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions by Gov. Bill Graves on September 23, 1996.  He was the webmaster for the Board for 15 years, retiring in July, 2012.

After spending most of his adult life in Hutchinson, Glenn married Dorellis “Dodie” Nelson on October 2, 1980 and relocated to the Kansas City area. In recent years, Glenn had a passion for researching his genealogy and family history, and was a HAM radio enthusiast. Lifelong interests drew him to the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and piloting his lawn tractor – particularly at his beloved lake property at the Marion, Kansas Reservoir. He piloted the skies, as well, pursuing his commercial pilot’s license and spending many hours traversing the heavens. He amassed an enviable collection of medals and trophies for his trap, skeet, and other sharp-shooting prowess. One more prominent part of Glenn’s life began in 1939, when he discovered the “Westie” – or West Highland WhiteTerrier. He was rarely without one (or more) from then on.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Dodie; his daughter Jacquelyn (Gil) Mitchell of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; step-sons David Nelson and Roger (Shari) Nelson of Lenexa; step-daughter Marcia (Jeff) Fries of Olathe; sister Charyl (Bob) Crutchfield of Yukon, Oklahoma; grandchildren Justin (Katrin), Monica, and Eric (Leslie) Mitchell, Alex and Tyler Fries, and Luke Nelson. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Shannon Mitchell, and two nephews, David (Judy) and Jac (Nancy) Crutchfield. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas, from 2-4 p.m. Glenn’s remains were cremated according to his wishes.


  1. David Nelson on August 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Almost a year ago our family lost Glenn. There are days I still look over to see what he’s watching on TV or to check in on one of his projects. It makes me smile to think he’s doing the same thing looking down on us. We all sure do miss Glenn.

  2. Jeanie Billings Shoup on September 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Dodie and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed it when you, Glenn, and family came to Ark City. I hope you are able to use the memories you have to help you through this rough time in your life.


  3. Mark Billings/Colorado Springs on September 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Dodie and family,
    I’m saddened I never got to meet Glenn.
    Our relatives always had good things to
    say about Glenn and how much of a help
    he always was when he came to Ark City.
    Rebecca and I will be praying that even though the grieving to always bring up memories of good stories to tell about Glenn. “Cousin” Mark Billings

  4. Pam Mattson on September 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the coming days.

    Pam Meador Mattson
    HHS Class of ’68

  5. Rob Johnson on September 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm


    My deepest sympathies to you and your extended family in the recent passing of your Father.

    May God walk with you during this difficult time.

    Sincere Regards,

    Rob Johnson
    H.H.S. Class of ’68

  6. Dale Hershberger on September 13, 2012 at 9:16 am


    I am sorry to hear about Glenn’s death. I appreciated working with him while I was at Marion. Our prayers and sympathy are with you and the family.

  7. Nancy Crutchfield on September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I am so sorry, I did not get to spend more time with Uncle Glenn. I am so glad talked to him on phone a couple of weeks ago, thrilled he helped me with Bob and Charyl’s Scrapbook.
    Dodie as you know he was a great man and provider, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to the entire family.
    Love you all
    Nancy Crutchfield

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