Roy Gleason obituary

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Friday, September 27, 1940
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Roy Frances Gleason, Sr., son of Frank A. and Harriet Gleason, was born April 9, 1884, one half mile northwest of Otranto, Iowa.

He attended school in the old schoolhouse at Otranto and there received all of his education. In 1904, when twenty years old left Iowa for his future homestead at Spring Point, Alberta, Canada. While in Canada. Mr. Gleason made several visits to his home in Iowa, and while on one of these sojourns to his parents, he was married on June 20, 1917 to Amy Ruth Read, of Baltimore, Maryland, by Rev. Galbreath of Mason City, Iowa. The young couples returned to the ranch in Canada where they remained for over two years.

Upon the serious illness of his father. Mr. Gleason with his wife and infant son, Roy Jr, returned to Iowa. They resided on a farm, near Otranto for 14 years, then moved to a larger place two miles east of Lyle, which has since been their home.

On October 21, 1930, Roy Francis Gleason was baptized at the Lyle Lutheran parsonage by Rev O. M. Langehough. On November 2nd of the same year, he was confirmed in a class of adults at the Mona Lutheran church and remained true to the Lutheran faith until his untimely death at St. Olaf's Lutheran Hospital in Austin at 4:55 A M, Sept. 16, 1940.

His illness had been very short and he had only been taken to the hospital the previous day. At the time of his passing, he was 56 years, five months, and seven days.

With his passing, he leaves to mourn besides his loving wife, Amy, three sons, Roy Jr., Read and Robert and one daughter, Harriet, all at home one brother, Mr. Walter A. Gleason of Cresco, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Delia Howard, Lyle Minn, two aunts, Mrs. Anna Dockstader, St. Ansgar, Ia; Mrs Mary Gleason, Wadena, Minn; an uncle. Mr. Harry Plowman, DeSmet, S.D. besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Gleason was a good husband and father, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He at one time belonged to the I O O F at Thornton, Wash., and was one of the past-masters of Alma Lodge. No. 131 A F & A M of Lyle.

In the death of Mr. Gleason we lose a gentle and loving personality whose influence for good extended far beyond his home circle: Kindness was perhaps the keynote of his character which he exemplified in thought, in word and in deed.

Deep in the heart lies a picture
Of a loved one laid to rest.
In memory's frame we shall keep it
Because he was one of the best.
You're not forgotten, Roy, dear
Nor ever shall you be.
As long as life and memory last,
We shall remember thee.


We extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who furnished cars, brought floral tributes and mission wreaths, and who aided in the many ways, that they know themselves. Especially do we wish to thank Rev. Langehough for his words of comfort and strength, those who sang and the pall bearers. God bless you everyone.
Mrs. Amy Gleason
and Children

Attending the funeral were Mrs.: Mary Gleason, Wadena, Minn; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bowen, Albert Lea, Minn; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Follmuth, Glenville, Minn; Mr. and Mrs. Will Plowman; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Plowman of Northwood, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. Elton Stonefield, Owatonna, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. J S Knutson of Mitchell were present as friends.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Harlis Anderson, the Mona pianist. Mrs. Joy Lillegaard. Mrs. Andrew Steene, Mrs. Walter Eggen and Mrs. Alfred Nelson sang "Face to Face," "Just As I am" and "God Will Take Case of You," accompanied by Mrs. William Klusemeier at the piano.

Memorial services were held at the Schutte Funeral home at 1 P M Sept 18 and at the Mona Lutheran church at 2:00 P M conducted by Rev. O M Langehough his pastor. Intermenet was at Pleasant Hill cemetery near Mona.

The bearers were: Harry Dockstader, Wilmer Dockstader, Robert Duenow, John Klusemeier, Geo Peterson and Emil Schwanke.