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AGER, Glen Thomas

July 18, 1938 – Bowsman, Manitoba September 19, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

We celebrate with thanksgiving the life of Glen Ager.  Born on July 18, 1938 he was the youngest child of Tom and Dolly Ager; his siblings were Jim and Bette.

In 1962, following Bible College and University, he married Emily (Hildebrand). Two years later Glen and Emily became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, an organization they served for 44 years. Son Jonathan was born June 1966 in Costa Rica during Spanish language studies. Son Mark (1968) and daughter Lynette (1973) both born in Guatemala, completed the family. The children received most of their pre-university education in Guatemala.

Glen and Emily lived in two remote jungle areas in Honduras for three years and 21 years in Guatemala, always involved in the task of bringing God’s message of hope to those people groups who had not a single word of the Bible in their own language. For seven of the 21 years, Glen was the director of the translation task. His gifts in leadership, seeing through issues, communicating well with people, and love for what God had led him to do so far away from his birth country, served him well to be able to serve others. Civil war surrounded them all those years. During Glen’s tenure as director, he was privileged to speak at the completion and dedication of four New Testaments, and to present copies to the President and to the Minister of Education of Guatemala.

After the children had completed their pre-college education in Guatemala, Glen and Emily returned to Canada in 1991 expecting to ‘stay put’. It was not to be. In 1993 they were invited to join Wycliffe’s work in Spain, where they lived and served for 10.5 years with a very different focus but always with bringing hope to people. Glen again served in leadership; as well, together he and Emily were pastoral care workers, visiting colleagues from 13 nationalities who worked in seven countries. Those were rich years, again with challenges but also incredibly rewarding.

In 2004 Glen and Emily returned to Calgary, this time to settle…they thought! Colleagues invited their help in giving courses in Dealing with Conflict Biblically. This took them to Canada, the US, Mexico, Russia, the UK, Spain, Bangkok, New Zealand, and Morocco. Glen officially retired in 2008 but their mediation work continued. As well they chose to volunteer in two chosen charities: King’s Fold Retreat Centre and Opportunity International.

In 2013 they accepted a five-month assignment back to Spain! It was during that time that Glen began to have symptoms and was diagnosed as having metastatic cancer (lung-brain-spine). They determined to enjoy life to the full, to keep serving well and living out the good news brought to our world by the Lord Jesus. Glen’s smile was with him wherever he went.

Glen died at 2:30 p.m. September 19th, surrounded by his family and two friends. As he lived well, he died incredibly well, trusting God for the best. His vibrant spirit, his total trust in a God who does all things well, will stay with Emily, Jonathan and Mark and families, and Lynette. What a rich heritage Glen leaves to his friends which he collected in 43 countries around the world, and especially to his three children and families whom he loved dearly.  As a friend so eloquently said, “His life modeled his faith. Glen lived what he believed in a more meaningful way than most of our fellow human beings can dream of achieving. He was able to hold to ideals of the greatest seriousness while maintaining a constant sense of fun. With Emily, his life was driven by a shared purpose which gave meaning to everything they did together. We are diminished by his death, as we were enriched by his life.”

A service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Glen’s life will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (18 Hidden Creek Road N.W.) on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. For condolences please visit In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to one of Glen’s favourite charities: King’s Fold Retreat and Renewal Society ( or Opportunity International (

In living memory of Glen Ager, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dear Lynette,
    I celebrate you father’s life with you and send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
    In Peace,

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  2. Dear Emily and Lynette,
    I pray that God’s peace be with you as you grieve. He was a great teacher and mentor. Few men are as strong in their faith as Glen.


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  3. Dear Lynette and Family,

    You will never lose the wonderful memories that you have. Your Dad is now in the loving arms of Jesus….


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  4. Jean & Percy Ryan

    Dear Lynette: As you grieve the loss of this wonderful man that you were blessed to have as a Father, I know that God will give you the strength you need and peace that he alone can provide. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you

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  5. Lynette, Am thinking of You and Your Mom- and Brothers with their families. Remember all the good times- family times and Rejoice in all your memories. Love and Prayers are with You ALL!
    Big HUGS Clara

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  6. Marilyn and Bill Levac

    Dear Lynette,
    Bill and I send you and your family our deepest condolences and all our love at this time .

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  7. You lost the battle and won the race, I will always remember you until we are all one in Heaven x

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  8. Rudy & Gladys Janzen

    To Emily and family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We only knew Glen during Bible College years but have great memories of his humor, his serious look at Christian living, and the fact that he was one of the best speakers in our class of 1958. May the peace of our God be with you.
    Rudy and Gladys Janzen

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  9. Linda and Joe Flynn

    To Emily and family,

    How blessed we were to get to know Glen during our time in Spain. He taught us so much. He was a fine human being, a great inspiration and a living example of the Christian faith. He will be sadly missed. Our hearts go out to you.

    love, Linda and Joe Flynn

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  10. Marnie, Dean and Eila

    Dear Mark, Michelle, Liam and Emma and the entire Ager Family.
    Sending you all lots of love at this difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. — hugs all around. Marnie, Dean and Eila.

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  11. I celebrate with you. What more can be said, you have summed it up beautifully in the remembrance. I was so moved that I shared it with the women in my Bible class this AM that they might be encouraged and blessed as well. Love and prayers.

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  12. Manuel Chavez Mendoza

    Mis sinceras condolencias a toda la familia. Mi querido Padre, don Chico tiene grandes recuerdos de Hno. Glen, que en paz descansa. Saludos y estaremos orando por ustedes, queridos amigos.
    Salmos 23

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  13. Boris and Beth Ramirez

    Thank you, Ager family, for giving yourselves sacrificially in the service of others for so many years and in so many places. Glen was a gem, and Emily the sparkle! We love you, and thank God for your example–you set the bar high for those of us coming after. God’s peace to you as you grieve.

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  14. Dave and Judy Oltrogge

    It is with thanksgiving to God that we recall the times together with Glen and Emily. Place names like Crau Sirpe, San Juan, and Xpujil, evoke memories that will endure. Our last days together in Calgary, with the Hennes, were especially blessed. We look forward to the time when we’ll never have to say goodbye. INI. Dave and Judy

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