Harry W. Gleckler

Born: Wed., Feb. 11, 1931
Died: Thu., May 2, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., May 05, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Mon., May 06, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Harry William Gleckler, age 88, of New Salem, IL passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on February 11, 1931 in New Salem, IL to William E. and Wilma R. Dean Gleckler.  He married Hanna “Sue” Thurmon on June 15, 1958 at the Milton Christian Church, and she survives.

A United States Army veteran, Harry was immensely proud to serve his country during the Korean War. He had an opportunity to return to Korea for the 50th anniversary of the war’s armistice. He participated in the Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC in 2016, and was recently gifted the Quilt of Valor.  Harry served in the 90th Field Artillery Battalion in the 25th Infantry Division.  He attended annual reunions of the 90th Field Battalion in cities all over the United States.  He was very proud of having helped in establishing the All Wars Museum in Pittsfield.

Harry taught his family the importance of caring for the land. Along with his son, Harry tended the family farm in Pike County all his life. He raised Polled Hereford cattle, and helped his children and grandchildren through 4-H. Harry never shied away from learning new technology, and was grateful to ride in an air conditioned John Deere combine rather than walking behind a horse through a field during planting or harvest season.

Harry taught his family the value of serving our community. He served as a member and past President of the Pittsfield School Board for 27 years, as Mayor of New Salem, IL, presently served as the New Salem Township Trustee, and as a long-time member and past President of the Western Illinois Fair Board. Harry was a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152, the V.F.W., the Western Illinois Hereford Association, and the Regional Office of Education.  He served on the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Board and was a member of the New Salem Masonic Lodge, the Pike County Farm Bureau, the Rural Fire District, and the New Salem Methodist Church.  Harry also served as Beef Superintendent for 10 years at the Illinois State Fair and for 10 years at the DeQuoin State Fair.

Harry enjoyed a good road trip across this beautiful country, especially when it included a visit to see his children and grandchildren.  His family and friends will miss him dearly, but we rest assured that he is joyfully reunited with all of his dogs. We know he will be telling long tales, cracking good jokes, enjoying many naps, and eating all the pancakes and desserts he can.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Gleckler; son, Bradley Gleckler of New Salem, IL; daughters, Nancy (Tim) Halpin of Pittsfield, IL and Gail (Mike) Jones of Waynetown, IN; three grandchildren, Paige (Henry) Smith of Lexington, KY, Gavin Halpin of St. Louis, MO, and Cheyenne Jones of Duncan, OK; a great grandson, Isaac Smith of Lexington, KY; brother, John (Laura) Gleckler of New Salem, IL; sisters, Dorothy Willard of West Point, IL, Elizabeth (Bill) Carter of  Plainfield, Indiana, Jean (Terry) Simington of Longmont, CO, and Carol Bovee of Davenport, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Mary Ruth Gleckler, Helen Faydell Gleckler, and Frances Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Wesley Shriver officiating.  Interment will follow at Greenpond cemetery near Pearl, IL.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Milton Christian Church, or New Salem Methodist Church.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Harry's memory to the following organizations:

Milton Christian Church

New Salem United Methodist Church

Pleasant Grove Cemetery

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Nancy Heafner
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Nancy and family: so sorry for your loss, sending prayers and hugs. Nancy Heafner

Randall W White
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Dinah and R.W..

Dear Gail, MIke and Cheyenne, Sending all of our Love, Thoughts and Prayers to you and all of your family. May the Lord Lift you up in his arms and comfort you during this time and always, We Love and Miss you, Dinah and R.W.

Lori Callihan Bradshaw
   Posted Sat May 04, 2019
So sorry to hear about Harry. He was a great man. Full of knowledge. I appreciate his service to our country. Rest in peace.

Lisa Fish
   Posted Sun May 05, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Harry, His presence and smile will certainly missed,I am so sorry I will not be able to attend, due to illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lisa Fish

Donnie and Carmen Smith
   Posted Mon May 06, 2019
To Bradley and family! We are so sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a good honest man and we will miss him dearly. He was a major part of our 4h program in the early years and we will never forget what he did for our youth.

Dale Hadden
   Posted Mon May 06, 2019
Sue, Brad, Nancy, and Gail I want express my condolences on the loss of Harry. I always remember how caring he and Sue were to the Hadden boys as we were at the Griggsville fair. I remember the many great times we shared with your family at the many cattle shows we attended together. Our prayers and condolences to all of you.
Dale Hadden

Kathy Eveland
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

David and Jane Dunham
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
Sorry to hear of Harry's passing. Always a great neighbor to me (Dave) and all the Dunham family.

Nadine Couch-Smith
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
Sue, Brad, John, and rest of the family,

So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. What a wonderful guy he was! I will forever remember the time we lived out at the old homestead. Very good memories!

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
Sue, Nancy, and all yours, I am sorry to have just learned of Harry. I appreciated his service to our Country, along with all his volunteer and Legion work. I know you were proud of him as your husband and Dad. I pray you peace and comfort thru warm and pleasant memories and your faith in God.
My Sincere Sympathy,

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