Glen W. Bays (MSJ59)

Glen Weldon Bays, a former member of the National Guard and a dedicated fraternal worker for the church, died April 26, 2019, in Stillwater, Okla. He was 87. Bays, born in Stillwater on Aug. 12, 1931, graduated high school there in 1949, then joined the National Guard and served a tour of duty in the Korean War.

Bays returned to Stillwater and attended the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, where he met Betty Katherine Steelman. After what their local paper, the Stillwater News Press, called“a courtship propelled by a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” the couple married Oct. 17, 1953.

Bays and his wife had two children, Yvonne Glenda Housley and John Steelman Bays. Bays received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma A&M on May 28, 1956, followed by a master’s degree from Medill, and a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Glen and Betty Bays served as fraternal workers for the church in Africa and Papua, New Guinea, before returning to the U.S. to lead churches in Kansas and Minnesota.

They retired to Stillwater in 2000, and lived surrounded by friends. Bays is survived by his wife, his sister, and his daughter and her family.