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“To whoever reads this message.I first met Ralph on a World Cruise on Holland America. I have an interest in WW2 history particularly in the SW...Read More »
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2 of 11 | Posted by: Sue and Brian Mceneny - Seal rock, OR

“My condolences to you and family, Ann. Ralph was an inspiration to me, but most of all, he made you, Ann, happy and secure, my dear friend. Your...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Annette Lord - Palmdale, CA

“In mid-1962 I received a call at P&G asking if I would like to talk to Ralph about joining his new company as its 4th member. For the next 7 years I...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: David Searles - Owensboro, KY

“I was deeply saddened to hear of your passing. You were a wonderful and generous man with a full and amazing life. I am honored to have known you. ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Jack Ingram - Nashville, TN

“A life well lived! You were successful in all aspects of life and will inspire me for the rest of mine. Thank you for your incredible generosity. ...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Wendy Dyer-Holt - Gig Harbor, WA

“The service was beautiful and my heart goes out to everyone as the mourn the loss of the wonderful man.Gone but not forgotten - Love,Glen and Angie...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Glen & Angie Dyer - Berryville, VA

“Ralph, another one of my WWII heros has left us. You most certainly left your generous and loving footprints in the sands of time. That reunion with...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Roger Ingram - Virginia Beach, VA

“What an honor to be called your friend. You were the most amazing man with a loving, generous heart and what a legacy you left us. You and Sweet...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Nellie Diesel-Lyons - NM

“You will be missed by everyone privileged to have known you. A generous and caring man, and a true example of a good man. You touched so many lives. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Gail Glendinning - Fremont, CA

“Ralph, You will be missed, but not forgotten. Lorenda and I want to thank you so much for you kind words, generosity, and mostly your kindness. This...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Todd Smith - Bremerton, WA


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Ralph Orton Glendinning was Promoted to Glory on January 5, 2017. He was born in Rahway, New Jersey on November 19, 1923 to John Edmond Glendinning and Mildred Potter Rowe Glendinning. He was an amazing self-made man with numerous accomplishments and interests. After one year of college at Rensselaer Polytechnic, where he attended on a scholarship, WW11 started and he enlisted in the navy. After some training, he switched to the Marines becoming a combat pilot on the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill from which he flew 87 missions, including the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His plane was hit by enemy fire on a raid over Tokyo, and he crashed off the coast of Japan with a leaky life raft. A plane from his squadron dropped a raft, and the first wave brought it to him. During his time in the raft, he made a promise to God that, if he would save him, he would spend his life helping others. God granted his wish, and he fulfilled that promise for his remaining life. After leaving the service he married his sweetheart, Ruth Langmack in Santa Barbara, CA. They moved to New Jersey where he applied to Princeton University. He graduated summa cum laude in two and one half years. He did this on the G.I. Bill, and worked seven jobs during that time. His son, Randall was the first baby born at Princeton. He went to work for Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, learning all aspects of their business, brands and mass media. He and Ruth had two more children, Scott and Janet. He planned to stay at Proctor & Gamble forever, but, after twelve years on the job, he was told by his superiors that he was too creative to ever be in top management. He had no choice but to leave. He moved his family to CT, and started Glendinning Company on $1,000 savings. He got three clients, and as he got three more he would hire a friend from Proctor and Gamble. He ended up hiring around 100 people from them. People were eager to work for him, and the company grew as a consulting and marketing firm working for over 250 major companies. He was a cofounder of MBI, Inc. Its divisions included The Danbury Mint, Postal Commemorative Society, Easton Press, and The Heritage Book Club. He retired from Glendinning Co. in 1985. He was inducted into the marketing Hall of Fame in 1979, and is recognized as starting the First Marketing Promotion Company in the World. After retirement he actively pursued looking for the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, along with his longtime friend, Rick Peck. Neither of them found it, but had fun looking for it. Ralph also wrote a couple of novels, and became active in The Salvation Army becoming a member of the National Advisory Board. He was one of the three first life members on that board. In later years he became a Director of AVX Aircraft Company. This company fascinated him. He was predeceased by his parents Ed and Mil Glendinning, brother Bruce, sister Ailene Dyer, first wife, Ruth Glendinning, second wife, Mary Jackson Glendinning. He is survived by wife, Ann, sons, Randall (Sue), Scott, and daughter, Jan, step-daughter, Beth Collins, step-sons, Eric Collins (Yvonne), Robert Jackson (Megan), and Charles Jackson. He has nine grandchildren, Jeffrey Jackson, Brett Jackson (Alessandra), Allison Jackson, Amanda Glendinning, Jonathan Glendinning, Jacqueline Glendinning, Mackenzie Glendinning Ashton (Scott), Ginger Glendinning, and Phoenix Glendinning. His step grandchildren are, Gregory Smith, Charles Beck, Leilani Collins, Trevor Collins, Ashley Collins Lee (Andrew), great grandsons, Zander and Zane Lee. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at The Salvation Army West Palm Beach Corps at 2122 Palm Beach Lake Blvd. Family will greet guests starting at 1 P.M. Funeral will be at 2 P.M. Reception to follow.