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Official Obituary of

Glenn Edward Smith

November 9, 1948 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Glenn Smith Obituary

Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Edward Smith, USAF (Retired), 75, a beloved father, companion, friend, and patriot, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 10:28 pm ET at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis after a short illness.

Son of Agnes Elizabeth Smith (née Burd) and George Leonard Smith, Glenn was born on November 9, 1948, in Natrona Heights, PA, at Allegheny Valley General Hospital. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1966 and went on to study teaching at Youngstown State University, where he was affiliated with the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music. After graduating from Youngstown, he began working at a school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore; shortly after, he was drafted for the Vietnam War and attended boot camp for the U.S. Army. On November 2, 1971, he joined the United States Air Force, where he kickstarted a 25-year career initially specializing in Mobile Air Control and Space & Missile Ops. He became a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), which allowed him to stretch his teaching legs again as he spent time as a Formal Training Instructor at the OSI Academy for several years before returning to Command until his honorable discharge of service on August 31, 1996, from Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. After retiring from the military, he joined the Department of Energy, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and then later was part of the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF), lending expertise and investigative skills following the Boston Marathon bombing; he retired from the DOE in 2014 to finally enjoy some much-deserved rest and relaxation.

Glenn was predeceased by his mother and father and many faithful animal companions, of which he held great love and respect: Pepper, Samantha, Richard, Trevor, Hachiko, and Maria. He is survived by his partner, Paul Stearns of Odenton, MD; his sister Diane Kuhn of Cabot, PA, and husband Darrell; his children: Geoffry Sean Smith of Rosedale, MD, and husband Stephen; Angela Leigh Smith English of Wallace, NC, and husband Nick; Kimberly Lynne Smith-Henderson of Richlands, NC; Glenn Eugene Smith of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and wife Amanda; eight grandchildren: Christopher, Dylan, Meghan, Cody, Kyle, Kingsley, Reif, and Shalom; eleven great-grandchildren: Madelyn, Selena, Jaden, Karsyn, Ryder, Skyla, Levi, Liam, Rivers, Sadie, and Brynleigh; many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews; and two furry companions: Argos and Nina.

Glenn was a man of faith, strength, courage, honor, compassion, integrity, and love, mixed in with a hefty sprinkling of mischief, often playing pranks and jokes on those he loved. He was known to throw great parties throughout the years to celebrate holidays, the Superbowl, promotions, or just because he felt like it. He had a fondness for Halloween and found so much joy in dressing up to celebrate the season, handing out candy (full-sized candy bars!) to all of the neighborhood kids, and securing his spot as “the best house in the neighborhood” anywhere he resided. He loved Christmas and found contentment in the lights, sounds, and smells, and he cherished his time with his loved ones during the season. He was very passionate about animals and loved his furry companions fiercely, providing a safe and loving forever home for those in need. Rarely seen without a Starbucks Venti Mocha, Glenn was a fervent supporter of “his” Pittsburgh Steelers; he loved photography, traveling, scuba diving, playing Words with Friends, and a good Bloody Mary (bleu cheese stuffed olives, please). Glenn left an indelible mark everywhere he went and on everyone he touched. His passing is felt by many and he will be forever missed but never forgotten.

Services will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., at 1411 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113 on March 9, 2024, with visiting/viewing beginning at 4 pm ET with service to follow at 6pm ET. The service will be live streamed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project ( and/or the Anne Arundel County SPCA (


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March 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
1411 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113

Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
1411 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113


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