Love of people made Ligonier veteran an ideal doctor, dad
If someone saw a man driving around Ligonier in the morning and waving to passersby, it probably was Glenn Kreinbrook – known around the town as “Doc.”
“He would ride around every morning and wave hi to everybody, even after he retired. He wasn't shy,” said his daughter, Sherry Clark.
Dr. Glenn Wayne Kreinbrook died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, of complications from diabetes. He was 78.
Dr. Kreinbrook was born in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Harold and Nettie Kinnear Kreinbrook, and spent most of his life in Pennsylvania. He had a rambunctious childhood and loved helping his dad cut and transport lumber, family members said.
“He was ornery in his younger days, but it was because he loved life,” Clark said. “He was a fun guy, getting into trouble and antics, but never to hurt anyone.”
Dr. Kreinbrook was an Army veteran who served on American soil.
After earning his degree, he operated a chiropractic clinic and made his career serving the Ligonier Valley area from 1978 until he retired in 2015.
“He was very busy and a very good chiropractor,” said his daughter, Pam Anderson of Ligonier. “He would do anything for anyone, even large farm animals.”
Dr. Kreinbrook was known for the friendly and open way he treated his patients.
“He had an amazing connection with people,” Clark said. “People would just come to his office to talk and hear a funny story. I had never seen a doctor's office full of people hearing stories.”
That personality carried over into his parenting.
“He was an amazing father — always kept his cool and rarely ever lost his temper,” Clark said.
Anderson said her father loved the outdoors and had property in Canada where he would hunt moose and bear, as well as fish. He would take his family and friends on trips there and became known as the go-to guy in Ligonier for any hunting or fishing questions, she said.
His other hobbies were collecting coins and doing magic tricks. He would get together with his grandchildren, whom Clark said “he adored,” and teach them tricks of the trade.
“He was really well-rounded and really enjoyed people,” Clark said. “He wanted to fix people's ailments, even when he was on an oxygen tank. The community and the family have a giant loss. I don't think anyone could wear the shoes he wore.”
Dr. Kreinbrook was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, and his parents. He is survived by his children, Lisa McHugh of Jenners, Pamela S. Anderson and husband, Thomas Stablein, of Ligonier, Glenn Kreinbrook and wife, Sandy, of Somerset, and Sherry and husband, Richard Clark, of Greensburg; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Snyder Funeral Home, 402 E. Church St., Ligonier. Burial will follow in Snowball Cemetery in Cook Township.
Natalie Wickman is a Tribune-Review staff writer.