Dr. Glen Richard Van Loon, 81 of Murray, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at Anna Mae Owen Hospice Center in Murray. He was one month shy of his 82nd birthday.

Glen was born March 1, 1940, in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada to the late John and Margaret (Thomson) Van Loon of Hagersville, Ontario, Canada.

He is survived by his loving wife Joye of almost 60 years. He is also survived by his brothers and their families, all of whom reside in Canada. His brother J. David Van Loon, M.D. of Millbrook Ontario, Canada, his wife Claire and their children, Wendy and Ryan. His brother Paul Van Loon of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, his wife Laura and their children, Lisa, Seth and Adam. His brother Donald Van Loon of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, his wife Anne and their children Hilary and Alison.

Glen graduated from four universities. McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with a degree in Honors Biology and Chemistry in 1961. The University of Toronto, School of Medicine in 1965. The University of California School of Medicine, with a PhD. in Endocrinology in 1970 and Vanderbilt School of Medicine as a Fellow in Endocrinology in 1971.

Glen went on to complete a career in Academia for 20 years at the University of Toronto, and Toronto General Hospital and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. He conducted a research program at both universities and had a very active publishing career, as well as teaching and practicing Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.

In 1990 he and Joye moved to Western Kentucky where Glen has practiced Internal Medicine and Endocrinology up until his passing.

Second only to Medicine, Glen was passionate about the dogs and horses we were blessed to share our lives with. He owned and showed Samoyed dogs for 40 years and Glen showed our top dog “Chinook” to top Samoyed in Canada in 1977. They were quite a team. For the past 12 years, we were blessed with our Papillon, Billet. We were still mourning the loss of Billet in June 2021 at the time of Glen’s passing.

In 1990 we moved our horse farm from Lexington, to Murray, Criadero Cuatro Rios. The farm flourished and at its peak was home to 45 beautiful Paso Fino Horses. We bred, trained and showed these remarkable horses for many years. Glen was a gifted horseman, and he was the top senior amateur rider in the Paso Fino Association for 8 consecutive years. Glen’s knowledge and ability in the saddle, combined with his love, respect and teamwork with his animals, developed into a winning combination.

This fine gentleman will be sorely missed by his family, friends and patients he was so pleased and proud to serve for so many years.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 6, 2022, in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home of Benton. Jim Stahler officiated.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Murray, 503 Maple Street, Murray, KY 42071 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.