By The Mercury

Harold “Bummie” Wayne Glessner, 85, of Junction City, died Thursday.

The family provided some of the following information.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church followed with graveside service at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Funeral Chapel, 203 N. Washington in Junction City. The casket will remain closed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Harold Wayne Glessner was born on Jan. 9, 1929, in Dwight. He was the son of Roy William Glessner and Maude Isabel Easter.  He graduated from Alta Vista High School in 1947.

Bummie has been the proud owner of Harold Glessner Dirt Contracting since February 1952. He enjoyed constructing many soil conservation and civil improvements including ponds, terraces, spring developments and roads throughout Geary and surrounding counties. His legacy of service to this county and to the farming community will long be remembered.  He was a member of the Kansas Chapter of Land Improvement Contractors of America, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, B.P.O E. and Immanuel Lutheran Church.  He was a longtime supporter of youth through the Geary County 4-H Livestock Auction.

In addition to being an avid crappie and walleye fisherman he also enjoyed hunting and barbecuing ribs for family and friends.

Harold “Bummie” married Muriel Guinevere Ann Settgast on Oct. 10, 1954, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Junction City.  She preceded him in death on April 3, 2007. As a hardworking father and unfaltering provider to the end, he is survived by daughter Kim Glessner of Belton, Mo.; son Rodney (Kathy) Glessner of Junction City; daughter Nanette (Vaughn) Pfeiffer of Kenton, Ohio; and son Colin (DiJon) Glessner of Junction City. 

“Papo,” as affectionately known, is survived by grandchildren Talia (Allen) McMurray, Jeremie Myers, and Curtis “Brock” (Jessica) Glessner; and great-grandchildren, Matthew,  Aaron, Alyssa Alexander, and Laurel, Whitney and Joel “Bummie” Myers.

Surviving siblings include sisters Della Hoffman and Lucille Carlton; and brother, Roy Glessner, Jr.

In addition to his wife, Muriel, Bummie was preceded in death by his granddaughter Amber-Leigh Renee Glessner; brothers, Harvey, Ward, Carl, Joseph, and Arnold; and sisters, Hester and Arlene.

The Rev. Alan Estby of Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate the service accompanied by organist LaDonna Junghans.

Pallbearers will be Brock Glessner, Jeremie Myers, Allen McMurray, Randy Heldstab, Ron Strauss, and Cliff Engstrom.

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