Born in Spencer County April 23, 1940, Glenna’s family moved to Louisville when she was 12. Each summer break, she would come back to her sister’s farm in Bloomfield to visit. On one of her trips to Bloomfield she met Wendell Ockerman. They dated for two years and were married December 11, 1955.
Glenna was the mother of four daughters and was a stay at home mom while they were growing up.
In 1987, while washing a pile of dirty dishes, she was asked if she would like to have a job. The Kentucky Pork Producers were in need of a secretary after the sudden departure of Fay King.
The Kentucky Pork Producers office was in Shelbyville at the time, so the very next morning she set off for Shelbyville to begin what would become her career.
Glenna was a very dedicated employee. Her heart and soul was with the KY Pork Producers. She was a very humble person who never wanted any glory for what she did.
“Glenna made the KPPA a lot of money by spending the KPPA’s money as if it was hers,” said Warren Beeler when presenting her award.
“Her purpose in life was her Lord, her family and KY Pork Producers in that very order,” Beeler said.
Glenna was diagnosed with lung cancer 2006. While going through chemotherapy treatments and radiation, she still wanted to work. Eventually, on March 12, 2012 Glenna retired. She passed away on Sept. 30, 2012.
“Glenna was selected for her years of dedicated service as Secretary of KPPA. Glenna’s caring personality will always be remembered,” said Bonnie Jolly, executive director of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.