Glenn Russell Fodge
Glenn Russell Fodge passed away peacefully in his home on May 2, 2019, at the age of 64, after a short illness. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Glenn was born in Rouge River, Ore., on Dec. 11, 1954, to Tommy and Joyce Fodge. Missouri held Glenn’s childhood memories before landing in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 1973.
Glenn was a natural born entrepreneur — learning to barter his family-grown vegetables in his adolescent years, as an adult owning his own logging company, truck stop, and eventually the local Quik Lube, where his customers were his family until he retired in 2004.
He was a hard worker and always enjoyed lending a helping hand to those in need. Glenn’s love for his community shined through in several ways: volunteering as a youth baseball coach, an active member of the Logging Coalition and proud supporter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation — just to name a few.
Glenn’s passions were hunting and golf. He could be found in the early mornings before work, playing 9 holes with the guys, and when autumn arrived, his heart was headed for the mountains to hunt. His most fond memory was when he packed into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Whether he was teeing off, hunting or chopping wood, his church was the great outdoors and he appreciated every acre of God’s country. Nugget, his favorite hunting horse, was well known for helping Glenn bring home the prize-winning elk. She could point him to the perfect shot by simply tilting her head in the right direction.
On June 22, 1999, Glenn met his forever riding partner, Penny Smith. Glenn and Penny enjoyed building a busy life together after their marriage in 2005. They checked off bucket list destinations and became official Arizona “snowbirds” in 2011.
During their summer months in Idaho, Glenn enjoyed renovating houses and eventually turned his old alfalfa field into their dream home on the Kootenai River in 2000. When the sun came out and the lake was calling, Glenn and Penny spent their days chatting and sightseeing on their “redneck houseboat.” Glenn enjoyed the simple things in life, and nothing could replace Penny’s picnic lunches as they headed off for a horse ride to find the perfect huckleberry patch. Those were the memories that Glenn’s heart held fast to.
Certainly, Glenn’s heaven looks like his home here on Earth, his beloved Boundary County, where his hunting partner Vern has been awaiting his arrival so they could continue their adventures. Glenn will always be remembered for his iron-willed soul, big heart and caring nature. Family and friends were important to Glenn and there weren’t enough hours in the day to spend with the ones he loved.
Before Glenn retired, people often asked how he could take so much time off. His witty response was, “Because I have a BUCK and a PENNY,” referring to his longtime friend Buck Bennett and the love of his life.
Glenn is survived by his wife Penny, two daughters, three brothers, and five sisters, several grandchildren, more nieces and nephews than he could count and many friends who were near and dear to him.
Memorials may be made in Glen’s name to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.