Marvin “Mark” Jacob Glessing, age 91, of Hutchinson, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Harmony River Care Center in Hutchinson, surrounded by his family.
He was born March 22, 1925, on the family farm southwest of Howard Lake, the son of Jacob and Ethel (Pettit) Glessing.
A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, Marvin was baptized May 31, 1925, by the Rev. Oetjen, and confirmed in his faith April 10, 1938, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz.
Marvin attended country school and St. James Lutheran School.
He enlisted in the Navy April 7, 1943, at age 17. After basic training, he detached to the Marines Medical Corps Schooling at Faragot, ID, before being transferred abroad. He faced 82 days of combat, and was on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the peace treaty was signed.
Easter Sunday, April 7, 1946, Marvin was discharged, exactly three years to the day of enlisting. He always gave thanks to God for being with him, especially during this time.
Marvin and Delores (Krohn) began their married life together Aug. 25, 1951, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. This marriage was blessed with three children Cheryl, Kent, and Joan.
Marvin’s career was in the construction business. Having worked in Greenland for a couple months, he crossed the Arctic Circle.
Upon returning to Howard Lake, Marvin joined Johnson Brothers Highway Construction, working as a foreman.
In his retirement, he enjoyed being outdoors on his hobby farm, planting apple trees, and having many, many picnics with family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he enjoyed giving them tractor rides and taking them sledding.
Gardening was very important to him, and he was always thankful at harvest time.
As a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Marvin served on the stewardship and cemetery boards. His church was very important to him.
Due to ill health, Marvin spent time at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud until last March, when he moved to the Harmony River Care Center in Hutchinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Ruth Kramer, Lloyd Glessing, Eldon Glessing, Laurel Glessing, Dale Glessing, Gerald Glessing, and an infant sister; sisters-in-law Doral Glessing and Gladys Glessing; niece Susan Larson; great-niece Barbara Glessing; and great-nephew Adam Larson.
Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Delores; children Cheryl Moist of Waverly, Kent and wife Renee Glessing of Hutchinson, and Joan and husband Marty Boss of Montrose; six grandchildren Joshua Moist, Tom, Amy and Sean Glessing, and Jacob and Megan Boss; and four great-grandchildren Logan Moist, Britton Glessing, Marshall Boss and Landon Lee,
He is further survived by two sisters-in-law, Fern Glessing of Cokato and Joyce Glessing of Howard Lake; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Marvin’s life took place Wednesday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating. Nancy Butterfass served as pianist, with special music by Luke Dahl and Tom Johnson. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery.
There was visitation Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Wednesday at the school, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.