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Laurel ‘Jack’ Glessing, 82

Laurel “Jack” Glessing, age 82, of Cokato, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born March 26, 1927, to Jacob and Ethel (Pettit) Glessing in Howard Lake, and grew up on the family farm south of Howard Lake, attending country school.

During World War II, from March 13, 1945, to Sept. 23, 1946, Jack was in the US Coast Guard, serving as a merchant marine, and stationed aboard the SS Sacagawea.

Jack was united in marriage to Fern Peterson March 6, 1948, at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato. They had three children: Kathryn, Scott and Jackie.

Jack and his family owned and operated “The Broadway Cafe.” Then, Jack went to work for Johnson Brothers Construction as a union carpenter. In 1960, he began “Jack’s Marine,” and operated it for over 48 years.

Jack enjoyed people. He was a dedicated member of the Lions, Masons, Shriners, and the Ridge Runners snowmobile club, of which he was a proud member of a distinct group called “The Geritol Jets,”

He is survived by his wife, Fern; daughter Kathryn Glessing of Minneapolis; son Scott (Gail) Glessing of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter Jackie (Rick) Twardy of Cokato; granddaughters Erin (Brad) Halonen, Ashley Glessing, and Ryann Twardy; grandsons Cole Johnson and Skyler Glessing; and great-granddaughter Brynn Halonen.

Jack is further survived by brothers Lloyd Glessing, Eldon (Joyce) Glessing, and Marvin “Mark” (Delores) Glessing; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service took place Friday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with interment at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cokato.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.