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Glenn Allen Risner passed beyond the veil peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 59 years old. He was born on November 28, 1961 in Oceanside, CA to Sargent Major Shelby Jean Risner and Joyce Patricia Risner (Ferry), who he joins on the other side. Glenn was a man of deep character and thought who enjoyed music, art, and bringing joy and laughter to others. He traveled around the country performing in Medieval Faires and Renaissance Festivals as a bard and minstrel, accompanied by his famous flea circus, Punch and Judy act, and musical stylings of harp and mandolin. His final performance took place at the Tennessee Medieval Faire in 2019.

Glenn loved the outdoors and was often found exploring the forests of Tennessee with his faithful canine companion, Wally. He often said he felt more at home in the woods than anywhere else and had a great love for nature and animals.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Sandra, his brother, Mark, sister, April, and his children, Alice, Allison, and Will, as well as 2 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held virtually at a to be determined date as per his wishes. Links will be provided to this information as it is released.


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

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