In Memorium: Glenn Karch

Nov. 29, 1929 - Nov. 3, 2009

| November 2009

  • Glenn Karch
    Glenn Karch at the 2003 Root and Vandervoort Reunion.
    Photo by Richard Backus

  • Glenn Karch

From a post by Keith Kinney on Harry Matthew's, the gas engine community was saddened to hear of the loss of Glenn Karch on Nov. 3, 2009. The following is Keith's post from SmokStak and Glenn's obituary: 

Last night at about 9:00 PM the engine community lost one of the great ones. Glenn Karch passed away after a 13 month battle with brain cancer. I visited him yesterday afternoon and he appeared to be sleeping peacefully. Arrangements are not finalized but it sounds like the funeral will probably be Saturday. Once arrangements are set I'll post them here.

I know the Glenn and the family were very appreciative of all the cards, letters, and phone calls over the past year. If you'd like to send a card to Marian go to and search for "Glenn Karch, Haubstadt, IN" and it will give you his complete address. I don't want to post it in its entirety here for spamming reasons.

As a tribute to Glenn I'd like to suggest that on Saturday, Nov. 7, preferably during the funeral but anytime is ok, start up and engine or two. Kind of like a World Wide memorial service. If you have a Hercules built engine to fire up that would be great but Glenn liked all makes and models and I'm sure he'd be happy to see any of them running. If you'll then post what you started and maybe tell a favorite memory of Glenn I'll share it with his family.

Keith Kinney



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