Glen Melvin Biswell passed away peacefully at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Boise. He spent his last hours surrounded by his family and loved ones.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel, located at 500 North 18th East St., in Mountain Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, with a viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., and funeral services beginning at 2 p.m., all at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Burial with full military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Mountain Home.
Glen was a son of Mountain Home, a son of Idaho and a son of America. Glen was born June 18, 1944, in Mountain Home to Melvin Henry Biswell and Iva Jean Biswell (Wells). He was a loving husband and father as well as a devoted family man.
He attended school in Mountain Home and graduated from Mountain Home High School with the Class of 1962. He then moved to Pocatello where he attended Idaho State University and was a walk-on member of the Bengals Football squad.
During this time in his life, he also worked on several major construction projects in Southern Idaho, including the Hood Construction project to build the first natural gas pipeline to the Sun Valley Region from Wendell.
In August of 1965, Glen was drafted into the United States Army. After attending advanced training in Washington State at Fort Lewis, Glen was assigned to 4th Infantry Division. Glen was deployed to Vietnam in the summer of 1966 in advance of the Division, to prepare facilities and resources.
When the 4th ID initially deployed from Fort Lewis to Camp Holloway in Pleiku, Vietnam, on Sept. 25, 1966, Glen was already in-country and rejoined his unit when they arrived. During the first six months of his combat tour, Glen served with his assigned Infantry Company and later was selected for Special Duty with the Long-range Reconnaissance Patrol Teams.
Glen Biswell was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Star and V Device for Valor. He was honorably discharged from the Army in July of 1967 with the rank of Sergeant (E5).
After being discharged from the Army, Glen returned to Idaho where he worked in logging, construction and long-haul trucking. He became the successful co-owner of CB Trucking with his wife Paula Biswell.
Glen was fascinated by all things motorized. If it had wheels, he could drive it and operate it. Glen enjoyed a lifelong passion of drag racing with many of his close friends, and all of those that knew him recognized him as a master mechanic.
Additionally, Glen was renowned for his sense of humor and story-telling abilities. No one who ever heard his laugh will ever forget it. For his family and his friends, the joy of sharing laughs and happy times will be missed dearly.
Glen is survived by his three children, Julie, Matthew and Richard (Lori); his five grandchildren, Emily, Lorren, Richard, Anna and Bradley; his great-grandson, Xander; his sister, Beverly; his nephew, Curtis Thomason; his niece, Shauna Norby; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula; both of his parents; his niece, Rhonda Kugley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.