Robert & Wanda Glidden

Robert & Wanda Glidden

Robert & Wanda Glidden at Cole Creek.

ROBERT AND WANDA GLIDDEN, both of whom were raised in San Francisco, CA, were married in 1942, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bob joined the Coast Guard and served in the Pacific for the duration of WWII. After the war, they started a family and moved to San Mateo, CA and later to Hillsborough, CA while Bob worked for Homelite Corp until he retired in 1969.

A long-time Rotarian, Bob was a member and past president of the South San Francisco Rotary Club, and served as District Governor of then Rotary District 513 from 1974-1975. Retiring to the country in 1980, Bob and Wanda lived in Volcano, CA, enjoying life and friends in the foothills as well as their mountain cabin and the trails at Bear River Reservoir. They also traveled extensively around the world.

In 2001, after 59 years of marriage, Wanda passed away at age 84. Robert passed away 3 years later in 2004.

Robert and Wanda Glidden are survived by their five children and their families: Cliff and Carolyn Glidden of Gardnerville, NV (formerly Manteca, CA), Tim and Caroline Glidden of Auburn, CA, Roberta and David Pickett of Pioneer, CA (formerly Folsom), Patricia and Paul McCann of Hamilton, MT (formerly Cottonwood/Cornville, AZ) and Norm and Martje Glidden of Eureka, CA, as well as twelve grandchildren and 11 (soon to be 12) great-grandchildren.

Wanda’s life was about her family, learning, and appreciating life. A voracious reader and an avid gardener, Wanda is remembered as a devoted wife, a supportive mother, a sweet, warm, and thoughtful friend. She inspired her children to always do their best and be continuous learners.

A self-made man, Bob was a statesman, a jokester, a thinker, a planner, a gentleman, and a go-getter with an adventuresome spirit, a generous heart and a can-do attitude. He lived fully and touched and inspired many hearts.

One of their favorite quotes was “live until you die.”