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Glenn W. VanLeer


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Glenn Walter Van Leer, 84, Union, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in St. Clare Hospital, Fenton.

Glenn, son of the late Walter Van Leer and wife Viola, nee Doerr, was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Beaufort. Glenn received his education in Union and graduated from Union High School in 1951. He was united in marriage to Dixie Schaefferkoetter Dec. 19, 1954, at Zion United Church of Christ in Union, and the couple made their home in Union. Glenn served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He was employed as an electrician with Van Leer Electric and retired in 1998. Glenn served as an alderman for the city of Union from 1977 to 1985. In 1985, he became the mayor of Union, an office he held until 2007. In addition to his involvement as a civic leader, he also was an avid volunteer for the community. He was a member of American Legion Post 297, the Masonic Lodge and the Union Development Corporation. He and his wife, Dixie, were supporters of the Franklin County Developmental Services, Dixie having been a founding member of the organization. Glenn also was involved with the Union Girls Softball Association, where he coached for many years. For all his efforts for the community, he received several awards. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1988, in 2001, he received the Long Haul Service Award and in 2007, he received the Missouri Municipal Award. In addition to all his dedication to the community he was a dedicated family man. His favorite roles were being a father and grandfather to his family.

Glenn is survived by three daughters, Pam Klenke and husband Hank, Cindy Groenke and husband Dale, all of Beaufort, and Marcy Van Leer, Union; one brother, Marvin "Beef"^ Van Leer and wife Virginia, Beaufort; one sister, Helen Olm, Toronto, Kan.; five grandchildren, Laura (Aaron) Borgmann, Megan (Nathan) Isgriggs, Jenna (Matt) Galbreath, Ross and Faith Groenke; four great-grandchildren, Chase and Ava Borgmann, Lincoln Isgriggs and Halle Galbreath; two sisters-in-law, Linda Metcalf and husband Jim, and Kay Nuernberger and husband Chuck, all of Union; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Van Leer, Feb. 26, 2017, and his parents.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, Union, with the Rev. Mike Bone officiating.

Burial followed in the church cemetery at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to American Legion Post 297 or Developmental Services of Franklin County.

The Van Leer family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.
Published in The Missourian on Nov. 25, 2017
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