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Phil L. Glassley, 93, of Columbia City, and formerly of South Whitley, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 23, 1919 in South Whitley, he was the son of Russell and Winifred (Shriver) Glassley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1937. He married Eulah Mae Hornaday July 4, 1939. She passed away April 19, 1973.
He married Peggy L. (Rex) Glassley Oct. 13, 1973. They lived in South Whitley until 1980 when they moved to Tri-Lakes. In 1998 they moved to their present home in Columbia City. Peggy passed away Dec. 2, 2012.
Phil was a telegraph operator and freight agent for the Wabash Railroad from 1940-1944, when he entered the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy as a crew chief on DC-3 airplanes in UR3 squadron from 1944 to 1946. After leaving the railroad he learned the trade of glass bender. In 1948, he started the South Whitley Neon Sign Company. In 1950, he sold the sign company and bought the Blue Grill Restaurant. In 1952, he sold the restaurant and entered the insurance business, Glassley Insurance Agency. He retired from insurance after more than 30 years.
He was a member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church; past member of the South Whitley-Cleveland Township Fire Dept. for 28 years, serving as fire chief for 10 years; Masonic Lodge 32nd Degree; and served on many other organizations throughout his life.
Phil loved the lake. Every Fourth of July, he skied around the lake holding a full size American Flag, the last time at age 75.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, E. Max Glassley; an infant brother; infant daughter, Marna Lynn Glassley; infant grandson, Craig Allen Glassley; and great-grandson, Brock Robert Shilling.
Surviving are his daughter, Margo (Greg) Goss of South Whitley; son, Mark L. Glassley of Fort Wayne; stepchildren, Rebecca Vaughn of Indianapolis, Kathy (David) Reeg of Charleston, S.C., and David (Sandy) Rex of Kettering, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Kent Lundy officiating. Burial will follow at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Glassley to the Columbia City United Methodist Church Building Fund or South Whitley-Cleveland Township Fire Dept. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send the family condolences or sign the guest register book.