John Michael Glaser


john glaser1950-2015
John M. Glaser, 65, passed away Tuesday July 21, 2015, after a 4 year battle with cancer, with his loving family at his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Friday, July 24, 2015 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Gardner. Visitation will be from 5 – 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, 913-856-7111, with a Rosary said at 7:00. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice in Shawnee Mission, KS.

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John was born July 19th 1950 in Elgin, ND. John was the fourth of six children born to Dan and Janette (VanLishout) Glaser. The family lived on a farm north of Mott in Hettinger County, ND. As a young man, John grew up learning farm life and good working values. John attended Mott High School then later attended Technical School in Fargo ND for Diesel mechanics.

On September 7, 1968, he married Sandra (Welsch) at St. Stephen’s Church. The couple moved to Dickinson, ND, and started their family. Throughout his life, John drove a truck at one time owning his own. In 1997 he went to work for Walmart and drove truck until he started his battle with cancer. While at Walmart John drove over 1.5 million miles accidents free. In his life time, he had approximately 3-4 million miles all accident free.

John enjoyed working on old vehicles. He restored a 1972 Chevy pickup and his last passion in life was restoring his 1959 Chevy Impala that was purchased for him by his father while in high school. When he wasn’t working and working on his old cars he enjoyed family dinners on Sunday’s, driving motorcycle, going to NASCAR races and spending time with family and friends.

Many neighbors and friends were blessed by John’s generous gifts of time, care and words of wisdom. He was a great mentor.

He will be dearly missed by his wife Sandra and family as well as remembered by all.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dan K. Glaser.

John is survived Sandra, his wife of 46 years; his children, Jerrald, Jacqueline (Chuck) Schulz, Janelle (Duane) Braaten and three grandchildren; Dillon, Madison, and Connor; his mother Jeanette, two brothers Jim and David, and three sisters Joanne, Jane and June.

A special thanks to Compassionate Care Hospice and Sherri; John’s hospice nurse and friend.

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