M. Glen Dobbins

M. Glen Dobbins

12/9/1927 – 11/23/2020

Glen grew up in rural Kentucky during the depression. He dropped out of school at a young age to help support his family. He then enlisted in the Navy during World War II to support his country. After the war he returned to begin building a life.

His formative years were built on struggles, but with a strong faith. His parents were Southern Baptist, and his father, Lewis, was a preacher until he had a debilitating stroke in 1938 which limited his speech. These difficult years helped forge Glen’s strong faith and his great empathy for others. 

After the war, he married and became a carpenter apprentice starting a new life in Peoria, Illinois, where his sons Gary and Michael were born. After completing his apprenticeship, he found work building homes in Indianapolis where his daughter Brenda was born. They lived on the west side of Indianapolis.

He was an avid sports fan. He coached his sons and neighborhood kids in little league baseball. He would take his family to baseball games in St. Louis and Cincinnati for vacations. His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. He loved college basketball and often joked with family and friends about IU basketball games. He always emphasized education to his kids. Because he had little education, he saw it as an opportunity for his kids to have a good future.

He was thrilled when Gary had two daughters, Michelle and Vanessa, making him a grandfather. His granddaughters blessed him with three wonderful great grandchildren, Sierra, Charlotte and Keira. He enjoyed hearing about their successes and accomplishments. He loved his family. 

He married Patricia (Oakley) Lowe in 1982. She had two sons, Rob and Kevin, who welcomed him as part of their family. They moved to Paoli when he retired from IU Medical Center in 1983. He became involved in the community and his church. He cherished his friends and church. He worked tirelessly to support the Victory Baptist Church and its programs. He embraced his faith by seeing the best in people even if they did not see it themselves. He was a quiet man with a quick wit and empathetic smile.

He had a lifelong hobby of buying and selling different merchandise. He often joked there was no such thing as junk—just miscellaneous merchandise. He and Pat often attended auctions and estate sales. He loved talking about antique cars and owned a few over the years. He was well known to the auctioneers and brokers in the area. He enjoyed connecting with so many people in the community.  

He was born Dec. 9, 1927, and he passed at the age of 92 on Nov. 23, 2020, just a few weeks shy of his 93rd birthday. He was a member of the greatest generation. He quietly built a successful life based on faith. A successful life is not about how much money a person had but how they touched others. He was a phenomenally successful man by the way he touched and inspired others.  

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