Anton (Tony) L. Glommen, age 85, of Delano, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008.
He was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Sutton’s Bay, Mich.
Tony was a jack of all trades and a master of them all. He served in the US Merchant Marines (Coast Guard) during World War II, achieving the rank of 1st assistant engineer.
He continued to work in shipping on the Great Lakes through the early 1960s. In addition, Tony worked as a mechanical and design engineer for several local companies. He founded three companies, including Glommen Industries, and also farmed for many years.
In 1981, Tony and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Tiberias, Israel to serve the Lord by living and working in the Holy Land. Tony developed a deep and abiding bond with Jews and Arabs alike and was beloved by many. Tony considered his years in Israel to be his life’s crowning achievement.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis; brothers Martell, Richard, and Harvey; sister Ellen (Charles) Peterson; daughters Sherry of Cupertino, Calif., Tonia (David) Voss of Saline, Mich., Rebecca (Steve) Tomlinson, and Patricia (Steve) Fleming, all of Delano; grandchildren US Navy Hospital Corpsman Thad Tomlinson, Rayme (Jay) Bernick, Ryan and Annaka Voss, and Sarah and Matthew Fleming; and great-granddaughter Hanley Bernick.
Tony was preceeded in death by his parents, Louis and Sadie Glommen; and by three brothers, Carl, Adolf, and Edward.
Funeral services with military honors took place Saturday, Jan. 5 at Buffalo Covenant Church. Internment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home.