Glenn Steely will celebrate his 90th birthday Sept. 13 at the Airport Steakhouse in Hutchinson. The event will be attended by his wife, Florence, his nephew and wife, Wendell and Debbie Christner, and great-nieces, Amy and Heidi, and their families.
Steely was born Sept. 13, 1922 to John and Ella Steely in Lost Springs. He attended grade school at West Slope and graduated from Burdick High School in 1940. On Oct. 3, 1948, Steely married Florence Herpich of White City in Herington.
Steely always has had a love of airplanes and flying. After graduation from high school, he trained in aircraft sheet metal and welding. He worked on the B17 for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita and the B29 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1946, Steely moved to Herington. He managed the local airport in Herington along with Milt and Verl Ohlman.
Steely has lived in Phoeniz, Ariz., Rapid City, S.D, and Oklahoma City. Upon moving to McPherson, Steely owned and operated Steely Oil Company, Inc. from 1974 to 1983 where he retired. In retirement, he and Florence enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with the Wichita Car Club. They also have enjoyed trips to Alaska, Finland, and Russia. His love of antique cars lead him to work with Smokey Billue in his antique car museum.