Glenn Breed


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Glenn Dennis Breed was born on May 27, 1920, to Rolland and Mettie Breed in the Kenwood neighborhood of Helena, Montana. His departure on June 26, 2014, at 94 years of age, leaves a hole in the lives of his wife of 72 years, his 3 sons, his 16 grandchildren, and his 19 great grandchildren; we will miss our Bapa’s cunning Nickel game, his Frito breakfast-appetizers, his rubber bands, his buttoned-up shirts with the pocket for a pen and screwdriver, and his tender heart.

From the time he was a young boy, Glenn understood the value of hard work and responsibility. As an elementary school child he held a bicycle route that delivered magazines. By the end of the year, he had saved up $1.00.

In 1936, at Helena High School, a blonde-hair, blue-eyed Eva Eileen Redd, who had suffered from Polio at 14, caught Glenn’s eye. As she struggled to get around, Glenn, along with his three brothers, made a chair with their arms to carry her up and down the stairs of the school. Glenn and Eileen were married on October 4, 1942. Glenn always said that their $2.00 marriage license was the best $2.00 he ever spent.

In 1943, Glenn joined the army to fight in WWII. He served his country on the islands of Tinian and Saipan until he returned home to Helena, Montana in 1946. Shortly after his return, Glenn and Eileen purchased the Rodney Street Confectionery, living in the back, while selling soda from a fountain, real root beer from a keg, magazines, and groceries.

In September 1947, their first son, Gary, was born; in July 1952, their second son, Gregg; in January 1959, their third son, Geoffrey (Jeff). After selling the store in 1958, Glenn, Eileen, Gary, Gregg, and Jeff moved up the block to 9 North Rodney in Helena, Montana, to be with and care for Eileen’s mother, Irene Redd. Glenn and Eileen would live in this house until 2003, when they would eventually move across state lines to Moscow, Idaho, to live with their youngest son, Jeff.

Throughout his 94 years, Glenn never shied away from hard work, holding many different jobs as a mail carrier, radio and television engineer for KBLL and Z-Bar Net, meter reader, apartment building manager, shop owner, and firework stand operator.

Glenn was a faithful man, in every sense of the word and he valued his family above all else. When he wasn’t working hard to provide for them, he enjoyed their company in fishing, boating, hunting, camping, down hill skiing, water skiing, HAM Radio operating, Dixie Land Jazz singing, and snow birding to Palm Springs in the Minnie Winnie.

Glenn Dennis Breed, passed away on June 26, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Mettie, brothers Rolland, Herbert, and George, step father Ben Otten, and his grandson, Christopher Breed. Well-done, good and faithful (tender, feisty, humorous, and stubborn) servant! Enter in to the joy of your Lord. A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held on Saturday, July 19, 11:00am at Moscow Christian Life Center, 417 S. Jackson Street in Moscow, Idaho.  In lieu of flower please send your gifts to Moscow Christian Life Center or the Moscow ​​Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel and condolences may be left at

2 Responses to Glenn Breed

  1. F.E.Martinez says:

    I am saddened to hear of Glenn’s passing . My late wife Mary Munzenrider from Helena Montana , had strong and warm memories from Glenn and Eileen who, Mary told me gave her, (Mary), her “first job” working at the Rodney Street Confectionery in Helena.
    I had an opportunity to meet Glenn and Eileen a few years back in Moscow ID. and enjoyed visiting with them and family.
    My deepest condolences to Eileen , and family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
    F.E.Martinez. Pullman WA

  2. Ed McKnight says:

    I went to school, 1 thru 16 (Emerson, Central, HHS and Carroll College) in Helena, Montana. In the early 50’s, I would stop at the Rodney Street confectionary owned by the Breed’s, on my way home to 638 Sparta Street. Glenn and his wife, Eileen, were always very patient with the kids picking out penny candy from the glass cased candy vault on the west wall.

    Glenn had an amateur radio station set up in the south west corner of the store. I took an interest in it and what W7QCW was up to radio-wise…eventually, I became W7LW, in part, thanks to Glenn. That was over 60 years ago and today, at 74 years of age, I think I can remember every piece of that candy that those two wonderful people dropped in my paper bag. Mrs. Breed always called me “Slow-Poke.” As she reads this now, I think she will remember that little slow moving boy. My very deepest condolences for a truly wonderful man and human being. God Bless you Glenn and ditto to you Eileen.

    Ed McKnight
    Kuna, Idaho

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