Donald R. Glander, 83

Donald R. Glander, 83, of West Bend passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at Kathy Hospice.

He was born on July 2, 1925, in West Bend to the late Paul and Thelma (Wornardt) Glander, and graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1943.

Don then attended Northwestern University for a short time before deciding to play semi-pro baseball. After several years, an injury forced Don to change careers.

On June 10, 1950, Don was united in marriage to Ruth Kircher at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish. Together they made their home in Random Lake, where Don worked for Wisconsin Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1987.

In 1989, Don and Ruth moved back to West Bend.

While living in Random Lake, Don was a member of the Lions Club, the Village Board, coached Little League and played slow-pitch softball. He was an avid baseball and football fan, and enjoyed hunting and golfing.

Don is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children, Judy (Rick) Becker of Clintonville, Deborah (Jeff) Krier of Random Lake and Michael (Cindy) Glander of Fredonia; seven grandchildren, Josh Becker, Erin (David) Burchett, Matthew (Amy) Krier, Michael Krier, Kristin (Marcus) Kleinhans, Kelly (special friend Douglas Hartmann) Glander, and Justin Glander; a great-grandson, Kennedy Kleinhans; a sister-in-law, Rita Lenz of West Bend; a brother-in-law, Ber-nard Wagner of West Bend; Donís special companion, "Babe;" other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard; and his wife, Darlene; a sister-in-law, Margie Wagner; and a brother-in-law, Oscar Lenz.

A memorial Mass in remembrance of Don will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Maryís Immaculate Conception Church. Fr. Michael Moran will be the celebrant.

Visitation with the family will be Friday at the church only from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass.

Inurnment of Donís cremated remains will be in Washington County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Full Shelf Food Pantry or St. Maryís Catholic School.

The Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

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