William Charles Glidden, “Bill,” was reared in Waukesha. He was the son of Margrete and Ernie, and older brother to Betty.
Bill was a graduate of Carroll College, where he was a cheerleader and also attended Northwestern and Notre Dame. Bill was an incredible athlete, excelling in any sport in which he participated. He was a scratch golfer and he and his dad won the Wisconsin Father/Son State Golf Tournament three years in a row. He also won the Greater Milwaukee Open Pro/Am in the ’60s. He loved playing competitive tennis and had an often unreturnable, lefthanded spin serve, frustrating all his opponents. After playing tennis, Bill was a linesman for USTA, officiating in many National Tennis Tournaments.
Bill was a distinguished and honored veteran who served in the Navy during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War.
Bill married Janet (Jo) Leighton in 1946. Together, they reared three children, Chip (Carolyn), Cindy (Garry) Harris and Meg (Larry) Boyd. They have been blessed with six grandchildren: Paige Glidden (Christopher) O’Connor, Meredith Glidden (Taavo) Smith, Todd (Jennifer) Harris, Brandon (Holly) Harris and Andrew and Catherine Boyd. He was an extremely proud “Boo-Boo” to six great-grandchildren: Leighton, Whitley and Connor Harris, John Ryan and Charlotte Harris, and Matilda Smith.
Bill and his family moved to Overland Park, Kan., in 1971, when he took the position of director of broadcasting for the then-new Kansas City Royals. Bill’s passion for the Royals has carried through the generations, and will be continued in generations to come!
Bill was a man of God and served as a deacon at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church. Bill also initiated and conducted weekly Protestant services at The Atriums, his Independent Living Facility. Bill was a Rotarian for 60 years and served as his chapter’s treasurer for the past 26 years.
adored his family above all else. He was a loving and devoted husband to
his wife of 69 years, Jo. His memory will be cherished by his children,
grandchildren, and great grandchildren, who were blessed to have him as
the patriarch of the Glidden family.