Elmer Gleim
1917 - 2017
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Elmer Q. Gleim
New Oxford
Elmer Q. Gleim, 100, died January 26, 2017 at Cross Keys Brethren Home. He was the husband of Ruth (Rishel) Gleim, of York. The couple was married nearly 75 years.
Born January 10, 1917, in Mechanicsburg, he was the eldest child of the late Quentin Albert and Mary E. A. (Doner) Gleim's thirteen children.
Elmer was educated at Elizabethtown College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Crozer Theological Seminary. Mr. Gleim was a public school teacher, last at William Penn Senior High School, retiring in 1980 after more than 30 years. He was a Church of the Brethren minister, serving in the ministry more than 73 years, and was active in the Southern District of PA as District Historian, served as an interim minister and moderator at many churches, member of the Camp Eder Board of Directors, Elizabethtown College Trustee, lecturer for Brethren Home Literary Roundtable (25 years) and writer. During the last 35 years he worked tirelessly penning at least 17 books, and various articles for Church history, York Heritage Trust articles, as well as doing genealogical research. He maintained a personal study and library of more than 3000 books. Some of his writings and books are used to teach history at the Brethren seminary.
He was a member and past minister at Madison Avenue Church of the Brethren.
Mr. Gleim was a life-long learner who read widely from philosophers and historians. He was an amazing man, an inspiration to all; a very warm, generous, intelligent, simple, and spiritual man. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Gleim is survived by a son, Robert D. Gleim, (Theresa) of New Hope; and daughters, Dianne Bowders, (John) York, and Robin Stahl (Joseph) Kennett Square. There are six grandchildren.
In memory of his life, he would want people to show kindness, and to help someone in need.
Funeral Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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Published in York Daily Record on Jan. 29, 2017.
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February 4, 2017
GOD BLESS you Mr gleim
Thank you for introducing me to GOD
And for always taking me to church on Sunday as a child

Congratulations on a life that was worth living
Eric Leonard
February 4, 2017
Sorry for your loss. I am a member of the church. I have fond memories of the paster. The Lord blesed him with many years.
Betty Sutton
February 4, 2017
Betty Sutton
February 3, 2017
I grow up across the street from Elmer and Ruth. I was 10 years old when we met. I use to go to church with them but we eventually moved. I still got to visit them through the years for the past 30 years. He was a wonderful person and he use to always say to me, my adoptive daughter is here. He will be greatly missed. With sincere sympathy,
Kristy(Druck)Seigman
Kristy Seigman
January 31, 2017
Elmer was a mentor and a friend. He was always there when someone was in need or just to say hi and flash his amazing smile. Sending love and prayers to all his family and friends.
Gail Altland- Lynn
January 30, 2017
I grew up with Elmer at Madison Ave. Church of the Brethren. My mom was the music director. He was the pastor for many years. He helped me become what I am today.
My condolences to all.
Jim Altland
January 29, 2017
So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Lots of great memories too. The Bachman Family
January 29, 2017
I only remember meeting Elmer once at their home many years ago when I was still a kid! My dad (his brother)Harold Gleim seldom got to see each other since the family was so large. I don't recall meeting many of them over the years unless they lived nearby. Elmer wrote a book on the Gleim family history and origin which I own and found very interesting. He will no doubt be missed by all that he has touched over the past century. My condolences go out to his family.
Scott Gleim
January 28, 2017
Im sorry i didnt know elmer,im just the granddaughter of Ester [gleim] cousins. Which was one of his siblings .[sister] So sorry for your loss,many prayers for his family.god bless.
Connie landis [cousins]
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