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GLASS, Marion J. age 92, of Kettering, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Mr. Glass was a life long resident of Dayton and attended Kiser High School. He was the founder and president of Marion's Piazza and Marion's Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop. Mr. Glass was a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, a former member of the Dayton Country Club, the National Restaurant Association, Ohio Restaurant Association, Miami Valley Restaurant Association, Knights of Columbus, Dayton Food Services Executive Association and past president of the Dayton Lions Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene in January, 2000; 6 sisters and 5 brothers. Mr. Glass is survived by son, Roger Glass, Oakwood, daughter, Carol Pollock and son-in-law Dr. James Pollock, Kenilworth, IL and daughter Kathleen Glass, Washington Twp; 6 grandchildren, Mollie (Monja), Roger (RJ) and Jennifer McKay, and Meredith, Elizabeth and Kristin Pollock; numerous nieces and nephews, many special and dear friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 17, 2006 at 12:00 noon at St. Albert the Great Church, 3033 Far Hills Ave. Interment at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8:00 PM at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. In memory of Marion, contributions may be made to St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 1511 Valley Street, Dayton OH 45404. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at www.routsong.com.

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Published in Dayton Daily News from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2006.
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June 11, 2013
Dear Glass Family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Marion was a good man. He will be missed by all. You are in my thoughts.
Robert Erby
March 28, 2006
A great pizza and a great man. He was always kind to everyone and I miss not seeing him in the store when I am there.
karen
March 23, 2006
I just wanted you all to know that my family has very fond memories of dining out at Marions. I have the special memory of being with my father at Marions Ice Cream Shop on Main St. every Saturday morning for breakfast. My family to yours our deepest sympathy and God Bless You.
Aleshia Melke
March 23, 2006
To the Glass family: It was a pleasure to meet all of you as well as Mr. Glass at Miami Valley Hosp. We all who took care of him was saddened at his passing. You're in our prayers and thoughts. I'll remember his positive attitude and everytime I go to Marion's I'll think of him and his wonderful family. Respectfully,
Dale Tester, RN (MVH 6NE)
Dale Tester
March 21, 2006
dear relatives of marion;
it is such a sad time when we lose a love one for several months but such a wonderful memory of the many happy years you shared together. dear rj, how blessed you must feel knowing that your grandfather wished you be there next to him in his final weeks. what a final memory. your friends...
kevin charles ryan
March 19, 2006
To the familly:

We are sorry for the loss of Marion. We remember that time a year ago when Marion prepared pizza at Kathy's in FL. It was a wonderful occasion. Thanks for the memories.
Karl & Sandy Ayers
March 18, 2006
Dear Glass family, I am so sorry to hear about Marion. I will always remember working those busy Fri and Sat. nights and getting to know Marion and Irene better by wrapping X-mas presents at their house. I have been away 10 years now and have to visit Marion's everytime I come home. Marion touched my life in a special way and He will always have a special place in my heart. Take care. Love, Marianne Schlangen
Marianne Schlangen/Sperry
March 18, 2006
Marion's was part of growing up in Dayton. I never fail to at least get one to bring home when I am back in Dayton, and it will always be part of my past. I remember going into Marions on N. Dixie along with my date every week, and we both enjoyed the great food and fun times. Mr. Glass leaves something behind that very few people will ever be able to, and that is fond memories.
Butch Clough
March 18, 2006
Marion, through his restaurant concept, follow-thru and dedication to consistent quality of product and service, gave all of us in this area a place where great times will be remembered. From team celebrations, birthdays to rehearsal dinners our family has enjoyed Marion’s, not to mention the countless lunches, dinners and carry-out orders. We also have had the pleasure of enjoying The Ridge together over many years now. He will be remembered and missed. Thanks for great times!
John and Shannon Wise
March 17, 2006
So sorry to hear of the passing of "Mr Marion". He wil be greatly missed by the partrons of Marion's Pizza.
Bob Van Leeuwen
March 16, 2006
Sorry about your loss. Our thoughts will always be with you, You will be greatly missed.
Tim Ashley
March 16, 2006
Growing up, I spent many nights in Marions after bowling and softball with my parents and their friends. My sisters and I always loved to go there. After high school, I went to work at Marions and met my husband. That was 21 years ago - and we still love to go to Marions with the whole family to celebrate any occaison. Marions has always been and will continue to be a place that holds great memories for me and my family. Thank you, Marion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Glass family.
Karen (and Pat) Clift
March 16, 2006
Hello to family,
Very sorry to hear about Marion. We have known him for years. A good man and a hard worker. Jack and Mary Jo Thoma
Jack Thoma
March 16, 2006
I have such fond memories of dear Marion. Irene, Ed Austin you and I traveled the world together and created many wonderful memories. I will miss our good times together!
love, Leona
Leona Sowder
March 16, 2006
I have such fond memories of dear Marion. Irene, Ed Austin you and I traveled the world together and created many wonderful memories. I will miss our good times together!
love, Leona
Leon Sowder
March 16, 2006
Deborah (Rigg) North
March 16, 2006
We have heard a lot of good things about this wonderful man. He will be missed by a lot of friends and a wonderful family.
Ted and Julie Figgins
March 15, 2006
We are at a loss for words. I met my husband when he worked at Marion's on Shroyer road back in 1965. It was his first job and he started when he was 16. I can remember him always smelling of pizza and bringing home the mistakes so that we could enjoy them. That's how he learned to love anchovies. He really enjoyed working the nights when the "Celebrities" would come in after the Kenley Players. My brothers worked for Marion also, cutting his grass in the summer and he was always very kind to them. My brother Mike, has the middle name of Marion and we used to always tell him that Marion was also a man's name. He did not believe it until he met Marion. These are all beautiful memories that we were blessed to have because of Marion. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Glass family and although Marion will be missed he will never be forgotten by us.
Mary & Steve (Quatman) Sepeck
March 15, 2006
A Great Person. He always thanked people for eating at is pizza place. The most intertaining moment was when Marion saw no meat on a veggy only pizza he had a handful of sausage he put on there and said more meat more meat. The customer just laughed but that was Marion only wanted the best for the customer. God Bless Marion. I hope I am as good of a business person as you Marion. G. Reed Kettering, Ohio Long time customer.
Greta Reed
March 15, 2006
Fairview High, Dale theater, 19th. Hole, Brown Derby, and the best malts & hamburgers in the world at Marions Ice Cream, and years later, we saw Marions Pizza and had to try it and it was excellent as were the other items there. Dayton will never be the same without Marion! Bill (From Shiloh)
Bill Evans
March 15, 2006
My condolences to the Glass family.
When I was in High School I was an usher at the Dale theater a block south of Marions ice cream shop. I would stop in many nights, on my way home from work and got to know Marian and Dick Hanour. I also talked with Marian, at the Shroyer pizza resturant on occasion.
William Boesch
March 15, 2006
I have many good memories of working at the dayton mall store during my high school and college days. My condolences to the Glass family. There's no one like Marion!
Laura (Begley) Underwood
March 15, 2006
Marion Glass, the proud proprietor
March 15, 2006
Thanks for the great pizza.
Bill
March 14, 2006
So sorry to hear about Marion's passing. As a 1948 graduate of Fairview HS, I spent many hours at Marion's at Main & Hudson Ave. We all knew Marion and Dick Hanour quite well. It was our after school hangout. And then after dinner, if we were going out again, we always met again at Marions, and then usually down to the Dale Theater. Will always have great memories of Marion's.
Dale Cogan
March 14, 2006
My sympathy to the family of Marion..I first met Marion when I was 14 years old in 1943..As a freshman at Fairview High school. On occasion I would go to lunch at the corner of N. Main St. and Hudson Ave. Great Hamburger's and the one of a kind chocolate frozen malts.....Friday nights there were very special.. The place was packed with kids having a great time.. Marion wathched over us and seen to it that we behaved...He cared about us and we loved and respected him.. In later years I also enjoyed the pizza's .. It is always good to come home and have a MARION'S PIZZA. May God Bless?
Bob Vandeval
March 14, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ann & Gary Daniel
March 14, 2006
To the Glass family;
I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. Marion was an excelent person with knowledge and wisdom. I had worked for Marion's Piazza from 1995-2000 and had an enjoyable time working in an enviroment that Marion has built! It will always be in my memories.
Anthony Coleman
March 14, 2006
Our prayers and sympathy are with Marion's family at this time of loss. Marion was a terrific person and great employer. My father knew Marion before Marion's Ice Cream opened, and I started working there in 1952 and continued until 1960 when I graduated from college. Dayton has lost a real friend.
James Miles
March 13, 2006
When I was a teenager growing up in Kettering I had the pleasure of meeting Marion Glass while working as a busboy at Dayton Country Club. In that job you serve all types of "successful" people, and get to know a small portion of them. What struck me about Marion Glass was his dignity and class, and the way he always respected the people that he interacted with at the club, whether they were members or staff. He was always kind and generous and appreciative of the service he received. Yes he was a very successful entrepeneur, the proprietor of the best pizza parlor in town, and his tie-in to the Kenley Players was marketing genius and put him on the map for a whole generation of Daytonians. But in my opinion the best thing about Marion Glass was the man he was, and the life lessons he taught the many people whose life he touched. Sympathies to the Glass family, and God bless you Marion.
Bill Diederich
March 13, 2006
My sister, "Dutch" was in Kettering Hospital in July, 1975 with leukemia and we were told she might only live 20 days, The Dr. started her chemo one night and they told us she would be deathly sick. I went home and, of course, worried all night. She called the next morning before I left for the Hospital and asked me to go by Marion's and get her a pizza! She was able to eat it too!
Jeanne Lowe
March 13, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Marion's family. I worked for Marion's for 5 years in the 1980s. It was my first job. Marion was a great businessman and I have many fond memories and great friends. Marion made it a family atmosphere. I recall my first .05 cent raise and him counting pepperoni as I put on the pizza. Marion you will be missed.
Dee (Shope) Osterfeld
March 13, 2006
A LARGE PIZZA AND A PITCHER OF BEER BACK IN THE 60'S. THEIR WAS ONLY 1 PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE ON DATE NITE, SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS.
Sgt.J.P. McDonough , Ret.
March 13, 2006
MY CONDOLENSES TO THE GLASS FAMILY.
OUR FATHERS WERE VERY GOOD FRIENDS UNTIL THE END. I REMEMBER GOING VERY FONDLY GOING TO MARION'S PIZZA WHILE LIVING IN DAYTON. THIS IS THE BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER HAD. IT'S ONE OF THE PLACES THAT I MUST GO WHENEVER IN DAYTON. I WAS AT THE CENTERVILLE STORE BACK IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL BE MAKING A POINT OF STOPPING THERE AGAIN LATER IN THE YEAR WHEN I COME UP FOR CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL 40TH REUNION.
HOWEVER, THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST PLACE I REMEMBER. I REMEBER MARION'S ICE CREAM AND SANDWICH STORE ON NORTH MAIN LONG BEFORE THE PIZZA PARLORS. DAD & MOM WOULD TAKE US THERE FREQUENTLY.
MARION & IRENE WILL BE FONDLY REMEMBERED. THEY WERE VERY NICE PEOPLE.
I ALWAYS CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTOS ON THE WALLS OF ALL THE STARS FROM THE KENLEY PLAYERS
MARION WILL BE WATCHING OVER YOU ALL FROM A HIGHER PLACE. I, TOO BELIEVE HE IS MAKING GOOD PIZZA IN HEAVEN FOR ALL THE DAYTONIANS WHO ARE THERE.
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME
KATHLEEN COLLOPY
March 13, 2006
Dear Glass Family, I was saddened to hear of the death of Marion. I worked at Marion's pizza in the mid-80's as did my husband. If their hadn't been a Marion's pizza we never would have met. The memories of working at Marion's will be with me forever. The job was great fun. Marion kept a close eye on all of us and let us know when we needed to get back on track. I hope Roger, Kathleen and Carol can find comfort in the fact that their dad brought a lot of happiness to people and led a good long life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Jeckering
March 13, 2006
I’ve traveled the world and never had a pizza like Marion’s. Indeed Marion’s Pizza is the first place I visit after landing at Dayton's International Airport. It’s also the last place I stop before my return flight. My wife once brought a Marion’s Pizza to me in San Francisco and I shared it with everyone at the airport’s USO lounge.

Like many Daytonian’s I morn the passing of Marion Glass. Yet what an incredible legacy he leaves behind. Marion’s Pizza takes its place along side the Cash Register, Airplane and other innovations that truly makes Dayton America’s birthplace of innovation.

I offer my condolences to the Glass family. We thank you for sharing your Dad with us, and for continuing his legacy. God’s speed Marion!
Michael R. Himsworth
March 13, 2006
To The Glass Family, My condolences to you all. Marion was a good man I knew a long time and enjoyed working for, he was a strong leader but I saw the gentle side of him many times, as with the loss of my child,he was there offering his help and he cried with me. I learned alot from him , he had his heart and soul in his business, and loved to work hard for it even in his 80's ++ yrs. I enjoyed the mornings before opening having donuts with him, and the crew , he didn't like the boxed kind he said too many preservatives,he liked the fresh ones from donut shop. We'd laugh at his silly jokes then work hard side by side with him the rest of the day. I'll remember him always, KB.
Karla Boman(Brockman)
March 13, 2006
Dear Glass Family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Every Friday night when I was growing up involved picking up a large and small pepperoni from Marions! When I was 16, my first job was (naturally) working at Marions. I was part of the crew that opened the Centerville store and I ended up working there for about 6 years. I have to say that it is still probably my favorite job. My family and I still enjoy going to Marions. Rest in peace and thank you for the wonderful pizza and the wonderful memories.
Denise (Hartzell) Bramlage
March 13, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to Marion’s family in this time of mourning. I worked for Marion several years starting in the 70s. Many times I worked directly with Marion at the stores and on special projects. He was a wonderful person to be around and learn from, and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to do so. Marion ran a tight and demanding business, but he was also a very kind and generous man at heart. He respected and appreciated hard work and set the standard of hard work for all those around him. Reflecting back on working in the pizza stores brings back wonderful memories, especially at holiday time or during the Kenley season; although my favorite time was when we got so busy, even Roger had to pitch-in and help. Even when the place was packed with business it was a fun place to work. The community certainly lost a wonderful person with his passing. I know I’m a better man for knowing him and he will be greatly missed.
Mike Solomon
March 13, 2006
Marions Pizza like Mike Sells Potato Chips and Rike's Dept Stores Downtown during Christmas will always remind me of home in Dayton Ohio. Rest in Peace, Mr. Glass.
J Brewer
March 13, 2006
Prior to Marions I didn't even care for Pizza. They really know how to make It.
Since then my family and I enjoy at least a twice a month visit to the store at the traffic circle. Good businesses just don't happen Marion Glass set standards that work and satisfy customers. Never a bad experience. Our condolences
H. Johnsen
March 13, 2006
Whenever I come back to Dayton for family visits, the first night is always pizza at Marion's Piazza. This tradition has been going on for close to 20 years. There are lots of pizzas in this world but only one Marion's Piazza. The last time I saw Mr. Glass was a couple of years ago at the Patterson Road outlet. He saw me and we both smiled. Thank you, Marion.
Bob Thaman
March 13, 2006
While living in Dayton we were weekly customers of Marion's Pizza. I always thought there was something extra special about Marion's pizza. As I reflect on the passing of founder Marion Glass I now realize that those extra special ingredients are love and respect. Love for the product and the pizza business, and respect for us, the customers who frequent his stores. Mr. Glass leaves the Dayton community a great legacy.

The sympathy, prayers and condolences of the King family go out to all of Mr. Glass's family and friends.
Dotti King
March 13, 2006
Kathy,
I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and hoping you will find comfort to help you through this difficult time. God bless you and your family, Laura
Laura Sherrets
March 13, 2006
Some of our fondest memories while raising our three sons were going to Marion's after the Miamisburg football games on Friday nights. We always go to Marion's on Patterson whenever we are in town. We are saddened to here of his passing. Thanks for the memories you provided for our family.
Tom Sparks
March 13, 2006
As a kid we used to get so excited when our parents would take us to Marion's, because it was without a doubt our favorite pizza in Dayton. Now I live in North Carolina and whenever we come back to visit, Marion's is one of the first places I have to order from to get my "fix". My deepest condolences to the family, but you have left a legacy that will live for a LONG time.
Matt Kline
March 13, 2006
Born and raised in Dayton, Dayton will always be home and Marion's Pizza will always be the best. May our Lord be with you all and take comfort in knowing that your parents are once again together.
Wynne Williams (Wessel)
March 13, 2006
Some of my fondest memories as a child were at Marions. My Grandpa and I would go to the location at Patterson and Shroyer and bring home pizza for everyone, and we always had the best talks on the way. Now I get to share the same experience with my daughters. Thank you Marion, you will be missed!!
Rob Gast
March 13, 2006
My sympathy goes out to you Roger, Kathy and Carol, and to all the grandchildren. Your father was a great man, and I know he will be greatly missed.

Your pizza is still the best! I will always remember the Kenley Players parties, and your Dad enjoying the company of the stars.
Linda Cooper
March 13, 2006
To the family, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was the best, he and my Dad knew each other as restaurant owners. We lived in Patterson Park and went to Marion's every weekend. I met several stars from Kenley Players there when I was a kid and it's always something I'll remember. Your Dad did a great thing for Dayton. He was a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing him with us.
April Sisari
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