Glenn T. Bahler

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Glenn T. Bahler, 86, of Woodridge and formerly of Downers Grove, Illinois passed away on the 25th day of May, 2014.
Glenn was the devoted husband of Jean (nee Martin) Bahler. Loving father of Glenn Randall (Barbara)Bahler, Gary (Laura) Bahler, the late Brian Bahler, Ginger (William) Sanders, and Spencer Bahler. Dear brother of Charles Ralph Bahler and predeceased by four brothers and two sisters, fond grandfather of Amanda, Nora, Melanie, Alex, and Carly and many nieces and nephews. Beloved son of the late William and the late Mary Bahler.
Glenn was a member of the 1944-1947 Rensselaer High School basketball team. In his final two years the team had a total of 44 wins and 4 losses.
In his senior year the Bombers were undefeated at 23-0. Three of those victories were against powerhouse basketball schools, Horace Mann, Gary Roosevelt and East Chicago Roosevelt. In another memorable game, Glenn scored 44 points in a 66-20 win.
The Bombers were edged by 4 points at the State Regional Tournament in Hammond by Gary Emerson. That team went on to play in the State Finals in the days of the single-class system.
Glenn was a sales manager and retired from Dura/ American-National Can. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 1951, and played for four years on the Purdue Boilermakers Basketball Team and was team captain in his senior year.
That first year Glenn was a starter on the freshman squad with their own separate schedule. In those days, freshman were not allowed to play Varsity ball. He then was on the starting five his final three years 1949-1951. One of those varsity years, that starting five was known as the "B-team": Bahler, Berbarian, Bland, Butchko and Butterfield.
Glenn was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a member of Purdue University Honorary Groups, which include the Gimlet Club for Organized Men, P Men's Club, and the Skull and Crescent Club.
Glenn was born in Hanging Grove Township, Indiana and was raised in Rensselaer, Indiana and was a graduate of Rensselaer High School with honors. Glenn was a Korean War Veteran and was in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife Jean were residents of Downers Grove, Illinois from 1965-2000 before moving to Woodridge, Illinois.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. until noon, at the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove, 1032 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the "Trustee Fund" of the First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Toon Funeral Home.
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Published in the Rensselaer Republican on June 25, 2014
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