Glen Earl Josey passed away Wednesday evening, May 24, 2017, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, at the age of 61. Glen was born in Crestview, Fla., and came to Alaska in the '70s as an Air Force dependant.
Glen never met a stranger and always tried to make everyone feel at ease. He poured his heart and soul into whatever he was doing. He always had interesting stories to share.
Glen worked in the Elmendorf Gym, a steel yard and as a counselor at a boy's home, before beginning his career with the
Municipality of Anchorage. He started out as a Park Ranger and transferred to the Anchorage Police Department when the ranger program phased out. Glen was "CSO6!" He retired with 31 years of service from APD in 2013.
In the '80s, Glen joined the Alaska Air National Guard. After basic training he was put in charge of the 176th Armory at Kulis and rose to the rank of First Sergeant of Security Forces. He taught many Guardsmen and Boy Scouts gun safety and marksmanship. He retired in 2003, with 22 years of service.
Glen was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners and a supporter of the Ladies Masonic organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Paula "Elaine" Josey of Anchorage; daughters, Karista Dixon of San Antonio, Texas, Rhonda Nelson of Abbeville, Ala., Brandy Geiger of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sherry McTyre of Fort Smith, Ark.; brother/adoptive father, Willie Ray Josey of Sterling, Alaska; grandsons, Tryston Josey of San Antonio, Aaron Bush of Seward, Alaska, Avra Bush of Anchorage, Malachi Williamson and Elliott Geiger of Colorado Springs; granddaughter Keira McTyre of Fort Smith; several nieces, nephews, cousins and an uncle - Fred Jordan of Crestview - in Florida and Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Willard Josey and Essie Kathleen (Hicks) Josey of Crestview, Fla.; sister-in-law/adoptive mother, Betty Thomas (Jordan) Josey of Sterling; twin sister, Gwen Sherril Bolieu of Tacoma, Wash.; brothers, Jessie "Max" Josey of Las Cassas, Tenn., and Elmer, Zelmer and Roland "RD" Josey of Crestview.
In lieu of flowers, Glen wanted donations to be made to the charitable organization