Thomas E. Glassmaker

Thomas E. Glassmaker, age 72 of Alhambra, IL, died Sunday, July 03, 2016, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJC) in Saint Louis, MO.

He was born March 01, 1944, in Highland, IL, the son of Earl and Helen (nee Trautner) Glassmaker.

On April 24, 1965, he married Marjorie Ann Abert at Salem UCC in Alhambra, IL She survives in Rural Alhambra.

He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ. He was also a member of Alhambra Volunteer Fire Dept. (retired); Highland Historical Society; Alhambra-Grantfork Telephone Co.(Vice President); Madison County Fair Board(Sheep Superintendent).

Tom was born in Highland and graduated Highland High School in 1962. He was an All Conference Football Player. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1962 to 1968. He had worked at Genteman Chevrolet, and General Steel in Granite City for 10 years. Then worked at Granite City Steel for 31 years, retiring in 2002. He also farmed north of Alhambra since 1965. He raised crops, hogs and sheep He raised rabbits in his youth. Tom has shown his sheep at state and county fairs since 1962. Through his efforts, he arranged for Granite City Steel todonate all the tin for the exhibition barns at the Madison County Fair Grounds. He restored antique tractors in his spare time and displayed them at the Highland Power Show at the Louis Latzer Homestead. Tom owns a number of antique John Deere Tractors and a McCormick Deering Tractor that his grandfather, George Glassmaker purchased new from Robert Dauderman Farm Equipment in 1926. He sold seed corn for 40 years and was recognized as Trail Blazer Dealer of the year by Funks G-Hybrid. He was always involved with Boy Scouts – Eagle Scouting. He was Scout Master in Grantfork for many years and several of his scouts made Eagle Scout. He was a big sports fan. He watched Cardinal Baseball, Rams Football, and high school, college and professional sports.

Survivors include :
Wife – Marjorie A. Glassmaker nee Abert, Alhambra, IL
Daughter – Melissa L. (William Becker) Glassmaker, Saint Louis, MO
Daughter – Lynn A. (Burton “B.J.”) Floyd, Mackinaw, IL
Grandchild – Ainsley A. Floyd, Mackinaw, IL
Grandchild – Gabriel T. “Gabe” Floyd, Mackinaw, IL
Grandchild – Luke W. Becker (twin), St. Louis, MO
Grandchild – Cooper T. Becker (twin), St. Louis, MO

He was preceded in death by :
Father – Earl J. Glassmaker died 3/17/1974
Mother – Helen A. Glassmaker nee Trautner died 2/20/2009

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 06, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 07, 2016, at Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra, IL.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 07, 2016, at Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra, IL., with Rev. Jerry Amiri officiating.

Interment will be at Salem Cemetery in Alhambra, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Alhambra Fire Dept.; or Charity of the Donor’s Choice.