Glenn Calvin Bensenhaver, age 79 of Washington Street, Moorefield, WV, passed away Wednesday evening, May 4, 2022 at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA. Born on January 27, 1943 in Rig, Hardy County, WV, he was a son of the late Gordon Glenn Bensenhaver and Josephine Frances Halterman Bensenhaver.
Glennie graduated from Moorefield High School in the Class of 1960. He attended Potomac State College for a year before leaving to marry his high school sweetheart, as many of his other classmates did at that time. Against the advice of John Mathias, there were eight or more couples married from the class with many years of marriage amongst them. Glennie and “Cookie” were married for 60 years.
He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation for eight years before changing jobs to the Monongahela National Forest as a Construction Inspector for twenty-three years, during which time he was instrumental in the construction of many flood-control dams and recreational sites, including the trail to Seneca Rocks.
His job took him and his family all over the state but eventually brought him back home to Hardy County. He had the opportunity to retire early, which allowed him to help on the family farm. That turned into his keeping a few cows to keep him busy and close to nature. He liked to fish and was an avid hunter but later enjoyed watching the wildlife and seeing them flourish. After he retired, his mother-in-law (Gramma Hilda Taylor) bestowed upon him the knowledge and secrets of raising big sweet tomatoes that he loved to grow.
He was a loving father and Papa, who was kind-hearted and always had a smile. He was also an avid reader, loved history, CNN and the Weather Channel. He enjoyed talking about his fast pitch softball days and reminiscing. His love of sports led him to coach little league baseball and basketball for both boys and girls for many years.
His pride and joy were his granddaughters, Taylor and Casey, who he tried to talk into fast pitch softball, to no avail. They had a love of soccer like their dad, so Glennie had to learn soccer. He loved Brittany Spaniels and will be sadly missed by his current best bud, Barney, who gladly shared vanilla wafers with him each morning.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Mary Ellen “Cookie” Taylor Bensenhaver; a daughter, Lisa (David) Burke of Sandy Springs, GA; a son, Donnie (Lisa) Bensenhaver of Fisher, WV; two granddaughters, Taylor Burke & Casey Burke of Sandy Springs, GA; three sisters, Kay Halterman & Wanda Bensenhaver of Moorefield, WV and Betty Fisher of Cross Junction, VA; a brother-in-law, Bob (Mary Lou) Taylor of Fisher, WV; someone special he considered a daughter, Dora Fertig and his faithful 4 legged companion, Barney.
Funeral Services will be conducted 11:00 AM Monday, May 9, 2022, at the Oak Dale Chapel of Moorefield Presbyterian Church with Pastors Jim Yao and Katherine Jackson officiants. Interment will follow in the newest section of Newhouse Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 PM Sunday, May 8, 2022, at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street. Due to the current COVID-19 recommendations, wearing of masks and social distancing by individuals unvaccinated is recommended.
Memorials may be directed to the Newhouse Cemetery, 507 Evening Sun Drive, Moorefield, WV 26836 or the Rig Civic Center, P O Box 161, Moorefield, WV 26836.
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