Wayne E. Glenn

August 24, 1924January 3, 2021

Wayne E. Glenn passed away on January 3rd, 2021. Mr. Glenn dedicated his life to the labor movement and workers' rights, culminating in becoming President of the United Paperworkers International Union for 18 years. Mr. Glenn served as a mentor to many in the labor movement and the fight for social justice. He devoted his life to the service of others and to his country.

Wayne was born in Oklahoma on August 24, 1924. He was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas where at a young age he worked in a logging camp and witnessed the harsh and unjust treatment of the employees. This would have a profound influence on his life.

At the age of 17, Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight in WWII. During the Battle of Guadalcanal he served as a tail gunner on dive bombers. After surviving that tough campaign, Wayne was shipped back stateside to use his experience to train others and learned to become a radio operator. He was called to serve his country once again in the Korean war from 1950 to 1952. After WWII he returned to Arkansas where he worked in a paper mill and became active in the Union. It was during this time that he met his future wife Gracie. They would remain married for 56 years until her passing in 2003.

Wayne's outgoing, determined and dedicated personality mixed well with his tasks for the Union, and during his career he would hold many positions... Local Recording Secretary, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Secretary of the Arkansas State AFL. He would become the first President of the Arkansas State AFL-CIO, an AFL-CIO International Representative, a nine state Regional Director and then became President of the United International Paperworkers Union, an office he would hold until his retirement in 1996, having spent 50 years with the Union. During his tenure as Union President, he would also serve as Chairman of the Board for the United Paperworkers Union-Management Pension Fund. Throughout his career he was known as an outstanding arbitrator and could match wits with even the most skilled attorneys.

In his private life, he was an excellent golfer, loved horse racing, was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan, cat lover and was a deeply beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Wayne and Gracie were blessed during their lives with two daughters, Linda Gail Cottrell (Will) and Deborah Glenn Corzine (Doug), as well as a granddaughter and grandson, Tuesday Rene Frase (April), and Jason Robert Frase.

Due to the public health emergency, a family private graveside service is being held Saturday, January 9th, arranged by Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, Brentwood TN.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Wayne E. Glenn

have a memory or condolence to add?

Robert Smith

January 7, 2021

I feel so fortunate. I had the privilege of working with Wayne both when he was an International Vice President and as President of the United Paperworkers International Union. He was always there to help his family of Union brothers. He loved his Union, it’s members and the members of his staff. He loved his wife and family. We as members of the International Staff always felt that we were a family. I am certain he will be missed. May God Bless him and look after him!

Jack Hammond

January 6, 2021

I was a member of the Independent Workers of North America and also a member of the committee to join the Paperworkers Union of which Wayne Glenn was the President. Wayne Glenn was one of the finest labor leaders I have ever known. Joining the Paperworkers Union was one of the best moves we ever made. I attribute joining the Paperworkers Union, mostly to President Glenn's efforts. We will all miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. May he Rest in Peace.

Peggy Brown

January 5, 2021

My heart is full of nothing but awesome memories ! If you had the pleasure of meeting this man , you were blessed!
I’m feeling extremely blessed!!! Loved our conversations over the passed 10+ Years😊
This is for his daughters and granddaughter!!!
I always ask how’s your girls,! He would give the Wayne Glenn smile 😊 gave me up dates on his girls! Y’all were his world!!!!!
I’m missing him already
Peggy Brown

Ron Spann

January 5, 2021

I was honored to have been hired by Brother Wayne Glenn after we merged the Independent Workers of North America with the United Paperworkers International Union. Wayne was a people person and well respected by the staff and the membership we were privileged to represent. Goodbye my Friend and Brother.

Richard LaCosse

January 5, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He hired me in 1983, and was always willing to give advice and guidance if asked. He was always approachable and a hard worker for the membership he always felt proud to represent. He made a difference and raised the standard of living for so many.