BENZONIA — Bob Glazier, of Benzonia, 83, died Oct. 22, 2013 at Paul Oliver Memorial Living and Rehab. Bob was born on April 29, 1930 to Bernard and Luella (Stupak) Glazier in Bay City, Mich. He graduated from St. James High School, Bay City, in 1948. Bob was active in sports lettering in basketball, baseball and football.
Bob Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950-1954. He spent a one year duty in Korea during the Korean War.
He was employed by Michigan Bell for 35 years in Bay City, Saginaw and the Cadillac area. Bob started as a lineman and worked up to supervisory positions. In post retirement he became the executive director of the Junior Achievement Program that started in Cadillac in 1983 and he served in that capacity until 1992. In 1995, he returned to the Junior Achievement program as elementary school program director. He also voluntarily helped out with the program in Frankfort, Traverse City, and Manistee County. He very much enjoyed his experience with administrations, teachers, students and the many volunteers who were the backbone of the program.
Bob married Lucille Vollmer in 1972, in Saginaw. Within that year he was transferred to Cadillac, with Michigan Bell. In the 80’s for five years, Bob was a volunteer member of the coaching staff of the Michigan Charity Football League who supported the Special Olympics programs. Their team won the state championship in 1986.
In 1991, the Glaziers moved to Crystal Lake, Benzonia. Bob became involved in the Historical Society of Benzie County serving on the board of directors. He continued his Rotary affiliation with the Cadillac chapter, had membership in Friends of the Pt. Betsie Lighthouse, Betsie Valley Trail, and the Benzie County Animal Welfare League and other special interests.
Bob was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort. He was very involved in all phases of Trinity Garden of Remembrance, including laying brick, but particularly with the landscaping maintenance. It was a labor of love.
Together, Bob and Lucille enjoyed many interests such traveling, boating, cross country skiing, biking, gardening, bird watching, walking beaches, lighthouses and were loyal fans of U of M football and the Detroit Tigers.
Bob is survived by sons, Robert W. Glazier of Midland and David B. Glazier of Kawkawlin; grandchildren, Gabrielle E. and Griffin D. Glazier; step grandchildren, Michael and Kacey (Becky) Bruns; half sisters, Arlene (Everette) Maberry, Linda Jeffries, Alice Wilson of Nevada, Marie (Boyd) Rowden of Bay City and half brother, Bernard Glazier of Ohio; cousin, Gert Christie of Bay City; nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; parents, stepmother, Alice Glazier and sister Pat Markiewicz.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rick Stieve officiating. Interment will be in the Garden of Remembrances of Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to the church. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.