Glenn E. Chute, 92

Glenn Chute

SOUTH PARIS — Glenn Everett Chute, 92, died on June 26, 2018, at the Maine Veterans Home, South Paris, after years of struggling with vascular dementia.

He was born on March 10, 1926 “in the den” of the family farm on Maple Ridge in Harrison, the son of Walter and Hazel Little Chute.

He attended the one-room school on Maple Ridge; he liked to say he was “third in his class” (there were only three.) “Charge” Chute graduated from Bridgton Academy in 1944 and served two years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. At the University of Maine in Orono he pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and he graduated in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration.

During the wildfires of 1947 Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Haynes, in South Waterford. Together with her family, they built and ran the campground at Keoka Beach. They made their home in South Paris, and she died in 2014.

Glenn sold insurance for many years, beginning with Patrons and Oxford in Auburn, and finally co-owning David Klain Agency in Norway until 1981. Glenn and Ruth retired to Apache Junction, Arizona, in winter while summer and fall he was camping superintendent at Fryeburg Fairgrounds. He was an honorary trustee of Fryeburg Fair.

Glenn was a 32-degree Mason at Mt. Tire'm Lodge #132 in Waterford and a Kora Shrine Ambassador. He was past grand master of the Masonic Grand Lodge and a member of Oxford County Shrine Club. A 60-year member of Bear Mt. Grange #62, he was also past master of Oxford County Pomona Grange #2, and a member of State and National Granges.

He was a member of American Legion Foster Carroll Post, past treasurer of Oxford County Extension and the Salvation Army, Paris District. He served as Chairman of the Paris Republican Committee for ten years. Glenn had been Clerk of the Paris Industrial Development Corp., past-president of Paris Chamber of Commerce and of the Norway-Paris Kiwanis Club.

Among his community service he was a trustee of Maine Savings Bank Oxford County Advisory Board, a corporator for Stephens Memorial Hospital, and volunteered as an income tax preparer for AARP for twenty years. Glenn was a charter member of Pine Tree Chapter, NAFCA and of White Mt. Sams Good Sam Club. He was a director and past president of MECCA (Maine Cooperative Campground Owners Association).

While serving on the first School Administrative District #17 school board, Glenn came up with the name “Oxford Hills” for the new school; he was chairman of the board when the first high school was dedicated in 1967.

Glenn is survived by three children: Nancy Chute Marcotte of South Paris; Linda Davis (Keith) of Sylmar California; Alan (Laurie) Chute of Gilbert Arizona. He had six grandchildren: Tracy Marcotte Orlando (Ryan) of Fryeburg, Thomas Marcotte (Stephanie) of Farmington, Nathan Glenn Davis (Meghan) of Livermore, Erin Phillips (Dan) of Tucson, Arizona, and Meghan and Hannah Chute of Gilbert, Arizona. There are nine great-grandchildren: Devin Ludwig O'Rourke (Haden), Cailyn Ludwig, Benjamin and Quintessa Marcotte, Owen, Olivia and Jake Orlando, and Madison Ruth Phillips and Adeline Kerry Davis.

Predeceased by his wife, his parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Gordon, Glenn is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

In spite of all his travels, what he enjoyed most was the camp he and his father built in 1946 on Little Cove in Harrison. His family is grateful for all his love and service.

Heartfelt thanks go to the loving caregivers of the Maine Veterans Home and to Stacey Hudlin, whose help allowed Glenn to stay in his home much longer.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 5, at the Chandler Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Private family interment will take place at a later date at the Maple Ridge Cemetery in Harrison. In lieu of flowers, donations in Glenn's memory may be made to the Harrison Historical Society (PO Box 294, Harrison ME 04040), or to Shriners Hospital for Children (shrinershospitalforchildren.org). Condolences and tributes may be shared with Glenn’s family and friends at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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