WEST BOYLSTON, Mass. Glendon Charles Kinney, 87, died of cancer Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at his home. Born June 21, 1921, in Bradford, he was the second of five surviving children born to Raymond A. and Lila Gallup Kinney. Many of his growing up years were spent with his family in Dover-Foxcroft, where he graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1940. He worked as a weaver among other early jobs. In the U.S Army from 1942 to 1945, he saw action in Europe from the invasion of France through to victory in Germany, becoming a staff sergeant and earning five Battle Stars, including one for the Normandy Invasion and one for the Battle of the Bulge. In 1947, he enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in England for a time, completing his tour of duty in 1951. Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, he attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, and pursuing his interest in literature, poetry and music. He combined his skill with words and his knowledge of electronics in a career as a technical writer and technical editor with companies working on defense contracts. This work although centered in Massachusetts, included several years in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific and fostered a long-lasting desire to travel which later took him back to Europe as well as many other places. He was predeceased by his former wife, Anita Metivier Kinney Jones, the mother of his four children who survived childhood, Douglas (Lyliane Van Gijseghem) Kinney of Erpe, Belgium; Leslie (Andre Dupuis) Jandreau of Thornhill, Ontario; Dawn (Riley) Garrott of Marysville, Ohio; and Andrew (Cheryl) Kinney, who died in 1991. He was also predeceased by his second wife, Christina “Chris” Christie Kinney, mother of his stepdaughter, Christina “Tina” Christie Wentzel, who survives. Predeceased by brothers, Richard (Ruth) Kinney and Donald Kinney, he is survived by sisters, Jeanette (John) Cakouros of Brunswick; and Ruth (Herbert) Flowers of Harrisville, R.I. Surviving grandchildren are James (Stephanie) Jandreau of Dracut, Mass.; Joel Jandreau of Linden, Va.; Lila (Ruth Wejksnora) Garrott of Cambridge, Mass.; Michael Kinney of Bath; and Adam Kinney of North Windham. He also leaves much loved nephews, nieces and great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the home of David and Alice Kinney in Atkinson.