Earl S. Glaser

Earl S. Glaser, 99, Luverne, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Sanford Luverne Medical Center.

A funeral was Monday, Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was in St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.

Earl Glaser was born Feb. 4, 1918, to Peter and Minnie (Soehren) Glaser in Luverne. Earl graduated from Luverne High School in 1936. He began working at Nelson Brothers Department Store in the spring of 1939. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in June of 1942, and served as a musician until 1944. He then transferred into the infantry and was shipped to Germany. He served in the Army of Occupation until he was discharged in March 1946.

Earl married Frances Willett on April 1, 1944, in St. Louis, Missouri. After Earl returned from overseas service, the couple lived in Luverne. Earl worked as a rural mail carrier with the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 1980.

He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne, the Knights of Columbus, the Jaycees and the Luverne VFW. In addition, he was on the Board of the Blue Mound Theater where he served as president, proudly participating in the Palace Theater restoration. He was instrumental in starting “Christmas at the Palace,” where church choirs performed their music. He was also proud to be a member of the Luverne Last Man Standing Coffee Clique.

He is survived by five children, Barbara Ramirez, Seneca, South Carolina; Linda (Bruce) Olson, Las Vegas, Nevada; Nancy (Richard) Nisbett, Houston, Texas; Elizabeth (Betty) Glaser, Atlanta, Georgia; and James (Donna) Glaser, Rochester; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Rick) Burgess, Marcia (David) Molloseau, Katherine (Garnett) Ramsbottom, Christine (Jason) Haerich, Matthew Bendixen, Benjamin (Calin) Smedsrud, Peter Luther, Joseph (Ellissa) Glaser, and Michael Glaser; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances, on Jan. 1, 1999; a grandson, Scott Bendixen; two infant siblings; and two brothers, Lester and Harold Glaser.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Glaser Family Dollars for Scholars Fund.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.

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