A casket and a person worth talking about

Alice Keefe
Updated: February 20, 2020 10:25 PM
Created: February 20, 2020 08:40 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- At 88-years-old Glen Davis knew exactly how he wanted to go out – in a big, yellow school bus.

“Glen had just always kidded me about wanting to be buried in a school bus casket, and every time I would run into him he would always ask me if I had found the casket yet,” said Jim Hindt, a friend of Davis, and owner of Hindt Funeral Homes.


Even for a funeral director, though, a school-bus-shaped casket is not easy to find.

“Just out of friendship we started putting one together for him,” Hindt said.

So almost six years ago, he got a couple of friends and his niece to paint a casket that looked just like the school bus Davis drove for 55 years in the Grand Meadow School District.

In the time since Davis proudly showed anyone, he met photos of his casket.

“I think it’s amazing. It just fits him so well, and he’s not a big, showy person by any means, but it’s just something that touched his heart all of his life,” said Brooke Sloan, a first-grade teacher at Grand Meadow who’s known Davis for 30 years.

Ever since he was a senior in high school, at Grand Meadow, Glen was a bus driver for the district.

“He is very proud of the fact that he hauled three generations, you know, of kids, and later on their kids and later on their grandkids,” said Gary Sloan, transportation director at Grand Meadow and longtime friend of Davis.

“The kids loved him. I mean they could not wait to get on his bus, especially at Halloween or their birthdays because he’d give out great big candy bars,” Brooke said.

But to paint Davis as only a school bus driver, would not even begin to describe him.

“He was your cheerleader, he was the best guy to come in and be in your corner you would want to be in the corner,” said Connie Goergen, another longtime friend, and a second-grade teacher at Grand Meadow. 

“One of those people that could get along with just about everyone,” Gary said.

“He just made you feel fabulous,” Brooke said.

When Glen died on Saturday, his story and casket took on a life of their own on TV, online and in newspapers across the country.

“It’s such a feel-good story to know about somebody who was so important to a few of us that can be an example for everyone nationwide,” Brooke said.

Davis’s time on earth is done, but his memory and kindness are living on all because of that sunny, yellow school bus that helped him touch the lives of so many, throughout his lifetime and now, after.

One of Davis’s proudest achievements was that in his 55 years driving a school bus, he was never in an accident.

His funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow.

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