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April 18, 1946 – September 8, 2023

Allen H. Glessing, age 77, of Waverly passed away peacefully at his home on September 8, 2023.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Pastor Ryan Clark officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, September 11, 2023, at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted as well as at the church one hour prior to the service.

Allen Henry Glessing was born on April 18, 1946, in Cokato to Maurice and Eva (Dehnbostel) Glessing. He was baptized into the Christian faith at St. James Lutheran Church on May 12, 1946 by Rev. Theodore Melinat and confirmed in that faith on April 10, 1980, by Rev. G.C. Michael. Allen graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1964 and went on to work on the family farm in rural Howard Lake, only taking a short time away to enlist in the National Guard. He returned home and continued to farm with his father. On November 27, 1971, he was united in marriage to Sandy Meline and this union was blessed by two children: Nicole and Daniel. Allen married Sharon (Bodin) Davidson on November 18, 1995. This union brought together two families and many years of happiness. Allen continued his farming with his son, only slowing down when years of hard work caught up with his body, but always supervising whenever he could.

Allen’s life focused on faith, family, and farming. From a young boy until the end of his life, God was at the center of Allen’s life. He served for many years as a St. James Lutheran Church trustee as well as on the cemetery board. In recent years, he was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, where he would leave at the end of the service with a happy heart. He would tell anyone who would listen that they should try attending a service “just once” to see if they liked it, which subsequently worked on many. Allen and Sharon could be found in ‘their’ pew well before the service started, ready to worship.

Allen’s family was the most important thing to him. He found the love of his life in Sharon, and would tell everyone that he was lucky to have found her. They had a busy 27.5 years together and their life included things such as trips to Branson to enjoy shows, local fish fries on Fridays during lent, relaxing on their deck, and taking “dirty rides” in their barn clothes after chores to check out crops and whatever other neighborhood news could be gathered from the seat on the Gator. Whatever they did, they enjoyed doing it as long as they were together. Allen was a great father to Dan and Nicole. In their youth, he allowed them to drive toy tractors on his back when it really was a back massage for him, would take a swim with them after chores in the stock tank he turned into a pool, and looked with pride as they became successful adults with families. Allen’s pride and joy were his grandchildren. He loved watching them in school/church programs or at sporting events, but especially loved watching them show animals at the county fair. In his younger years, Allen was an adult 4H Leader and later was the chair of the 4H Dairy Show Arena Committee, so was especially happy when each of his grandkids participated in 4H in the show ring that he helped build. He enjoyed watching the competition, visiting with friends in the stands, and grabbing a foot-long hot dog with all of the ‘junk’ as a snack. He was able to watch one last dairy show at the Wright County Fair this year as he took his scooter from the nursing home, across the railroad tracks, and onto the fairgrounds. He was ready to go at 3 am, but unfortunately the staff wouldn’t let him leave quite that early. In his last weeks, he was also able to watch as his grandsons participated in the dairy show at the state fair and his granddaughter run for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, all via a live stream.

Allen was a farmer through and through. His favorite part was the view from the tractor seat where he had spent countless hours doing what he loved over the years. Even in his last days, he was counting the rows of kernels on an ear of corn, and tested a kernel with his teeth, just as he had done for 60 years. He was an avid Case IH fan, and loved watching the red “smokers” beat the green ones at tractor pulls. He was also very involved with farming programs off the farm over the years having served on the Wright County Extension Committee, C&H Board of Directors, Glencoe Co-op Board, and as the Wright County Farm Bureau President, AMPI District President & Director, and a Lifetime Member of the FFA Alumni. He was also a charter member of the HLWW FFA Alumni, and recently attended his 59th consecutive FFA Awards Banquet.

Allen was honest and loyal with a side of sarcasm thrown in, and you always knew where you stood with him. His passing has left a hole in our hearts and he will be missed dearly. Allen is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; children Nicole Hills of Monticello and Dan (Seena) Glessing of Waverly; step-children Rod Davidson of Buffalo, Teri (Sean) Diercks of Buffalo, and Kevin Davidson of South Haven; grandchildren Katherine and Alex Hills of Monticello and Wyatt, Mason, Tanner, and Cora Glessing of Waverly; step-grandchildren Cami Davidson (special friend Ryan) of Howard Lake and Mandi Davidson (special friend Josh) of Buffalo, Travis (Kayla) Fieber of Buffalo, and Trent Davidson of Hinckley; as well as five great step-grandchildren, former wife Sandy, many brothers- and sisters-in law, friends, and relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Eva Glessing; In laws Elmer and Esther Meline; Clarence and Fern Bodin; and step grandson Taylor Fieber.


6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Aaron Kubasch

    Allen invited a lot of people to church. One way to honor Al would be to emulate him and invite people to church. A small gesture can make an eternal difference. Miss you Al.
    May the rest of your family find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ .

  2. Larry Russell

    Many great memories with Allen. I always knew where he stood especially with his relationship with God. We had many good discussions as we would work the animals on the farm. Enjoyed Allen and Sharon’s visit at our lake. Sending Gods love and blessings to Sharon and the rest of the family.

  3. David Weinand

    He will be missed. He was a good man.

  4. James Robinson

    Rest well Allen. May God continue to watch over your family and friends. We lost touch after high school, but enjoyed connecting at our class reunions. Look forward to coming together once again, in Heaven.

  5. Marlin Fay

    To the family of Allen Glessing, My deepest sympathy to you all on Allen’s passing. I know Dan and Seena through Farm Bureau, and I see in Dan all of the qualities that people express about his father. It is never easy letting go, but may you have comfort and joy in knowing that he is in the better place he has worked for and lived for. Peace be with you. Marlin Fay

  6. Christine Williams

    Kevin and Tami, I just heard of your brother-in-law’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers.
    Steve & Chris Williams


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