BLADENSBURG — William Paul “Bill” Glass, 88, of Bladensburg passed away Sept. 23, 2009, at Summerville at HillenVale in Mount Vernon.
He was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Frazeysburg to Robert and Frances (Orr) Glass. Bill served in World War II Army Air Force as a staff sergeant waist gunner on a B-17. He entered service Sept. 23, 1942, and was discharged Oct. 27, 1945. Bill’s bomber was shot down on his 17th mission and landed in the English Channel. The crew survived and was captured by the Germans. Bill also survived a forced march back to Germany and was a POW for 370 days. He was awarded the Bronze Star, two Air Medals with clusters, Prisoner of War Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. Bill was an ardent hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed his friends while living and working in law enforcement in Las Vegas, Nev.
He is survived by a son, Daniel Glass of Cedar Crest, N.M.; a daughter, Kay Gunsolly of Sioux City, Iowa; stepson, Ronald Baughman of Fremont, Neb.; one sister, Eleanor (Bob) Humphreys of Houston, Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, who was succumbed by cancer on March 18, 1991, while residing in Las Vegas; one sister, Dorothy Wilson; and three brothers, Ralph, Ray and Roy Glass.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date and will be announced in the Mount Vernon News.
The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Bladensburg is handling the arrangements for the William “Bill” Glass family. To share a memory or send a condolence with the Glass family, visit www.dilleylasater.com.