Glenn R. Lawrence, 71, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 after a brief illness.
Glenn was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Keith Lawrence and Jessie (Nelson) Lawrence, and led a fruitful and joyous life dedicated to service, family, and community. After graduating from Duke University, Glenn served in the U.S. Army, and following military service completed his law degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After law school Glenn moved to Crawford County, Indiana to practice in the law firm of Luckett & Lawrence.
Since that time, Glenn was a key figure in the Indiana legal community and politics, with public service at the local, state, and federal level. Whether it was the McCloskey-McIntyre recount of 1982, the creation of a public safety memorial on the grounds of the Indiana Government Center, or simply helping the system of government work, Glenn’s career always reflected his values of service, generosity, and tolerance, as he worked tirelessly with others across the state to improve the lives of all citizens. He loved being a public servant, practicing law, and being politically active. One example of Glenn’s wisdom and foresight was his guidance of the Fort Harrison Base Closure and Re-Use Authority in averting the loss of thousands of jobs by turning the base into an urban State Park and military finance center that employs thousands, revitalizing the Lawrence community.
Glenn was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, dating back to cherished memories of games at Fenway Park with his father in the 1950s. Other favorite pastimes included sitting by the fire with a good book next to his wife and dog, sharing political banter with close friends, acting in community theater, listening to country music, and hosting casual Sunday barbecues by the pool. Glenn was also passionate about Boy Scouts, through which he became an Eagle Scout himself in the 1960s, and was highly active in his sons’ troops in Indianapolis.
Glenn will be remembered for his fun-loving and positive nature, his unwavering desire to help others, and his love for and dedication to his family. His most cherished times were large family gatherings, spending time with grandchildren, traveling with his wife and close friends, and any situation in which he could put a smile on another’s face.
Glenn is survived by a large and loving family, including his wife of 31 years Barbara (Brandt) Lawrence; sons Ben Lawrence, Kevin Lawrence, and Patrick Lawrence; daughter Sarah (Lawrence) Harris; six grandchildren; siblings Ken Lawrence, Gordon Lawrence, and Jane Lawrence; and ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his stepmother Gertrude (Clarke) Lawrence.
A celebration of life will be held on October 6, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., at Murphy’s @ Flynn’s, 5198 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN. All are welcome to attend.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Glenn’s memory can make memorial gifts to any of the following, all of which are causes that he loved and supported:
Crossroads of America Boy Scouts www.crossroadsbsa.org
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation www.hvafofindiana.org
Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation https://friendsofindyacc.org/donate/