Robert “Bob” Lee Glaser—a devoted husband and father, a mentor to many, and a friend
to all—departed this earth late in the evening of Thursday, July 9th, at his home in Denver,
Colorado, surrounded by his loving wife, daughter, and granddaughter. Earlier in the day, friends
and his son Brandon’s family visited Bob before his journey home. He was 84.
Born at the end of May 1936, in Wishek, North Dakota, to Jacob and Alvina Glaser, Bob
was a busy body from the beginning to the end. He was the first in his family to graduate high
school from Longmont High School in 1954. Joining the Army in 1956, he proudly finished
serving his country in the Air Force reserves as a staff sergeant. He worked as an iron worker
for 32 years, a teamster for 27 years, pile driver for 9 years, and a carpenter for 25 years. There
was nothing he could not build, fix, or figure out. If something could be calked, duct taped, or
welded, he did it. He finally retired at 76.
When Bob was 20, he met the love of his life. Being his spontaneous self, he asked her
to marry him on the first date. Mary said yes. Six months later, they married on January 26th,
1957 in Billings, Montana, when it was -42 degrees. After 63 years, their love for each other
never faded. Bob loved his wife, his queen, with his entire being: hugging and holding her any
chance he got, praying together in bed before falling asleep, buying flowers anytime he was at
the store, purchasing jewelry just because, and supporting her dreams and wishes. He is
survived by his wife Mary Glaser.
Bob was always a family man. His greatest joy was family. He was one of nine children
from Jacob and Alvina Glaser. Bob and Mary had five children. The Glaser reunions were one of
his favorite events. He is preceded in departure by his parents Jacob and Alvina, his brothers
LeRoy Glaser, Norman Glaser, James Glaser, and his sisters Leone Toennis, Jenny Glaser, and
Colleen Romsos. He is survived by his brothers Billy Dean Glaser (Eva) of Salem, Oregon, and
Richard Glaser of Denver, Colorado. He is preceded in departure by his sons Dennis Glaser
and Brenton Glaser. He is survived by his children Robert Glaser, Jr. (Barbara) of Northglenn,
Colorado, Bonnadet Glaser of Denver, Colorado, and Brandon Glaser (Nicole) of Commerce
City, Colorado. Bob was grandfather, “Poppies,” to his ten grandchildren: Robert Glaser III,
Travis Glaser (Christy), Cindy Calzada (Aaron), Megan Jarbouh (Andrew), Austen Bruhn
(Valerie), Madeline Gustafson (Nicholas), Rachel Glaser, Alyssa Glaser, Ethan Glaser, and
Haleigh Glaser. He was a great grandfather to three. There was nothing Bob would not do for
his family because helping them brought a sense of purpose and belonging. He loved them
Bob enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. He and Mary always had the most fruitful
garden. He found great joy in picking fresh tomatoes and vegetables off his plants with his
grandchildren. Bob always strived for a lush green lawn, beautiful curb appeal to their home,
and a good running truck. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family on weekends as well
as spontaneous trips. He and Mary would show up to his grandkids house and pick them up just
to take his grandkids out to ice cream at Baskin Robins 31. When their parents would ask where
they were going and what they were doing, he would just shrug and say, “Don’t worry,” with a
smile on his face. Bob would never miss a home cooked meal from his wife. If it was something
he did not like (this wasn’t frequent), he said, “It was okay, but, please, don’t make this
again.”Every morning, or any time of the day, was the right time for a steaming hot cup of good
strong coffee. After a hard day’s work or on the weekends, he loved to sneak in a nap, often
with his grandchildren. He was a Glaser through and through, striking up conversations about
anything with anyone. As a master of the Glaser goodbye, sometimes his took hours. His most
favorite thing to do was to bring a smile to his wife’s face since she was his greatest joy.
Bob’s faith moved mountains and led many people to the Lord. He never missed a
Sunday at church and always had his bible in hand. His marriage was founded on God and was
a foundation that built many relationships around the couple. He ensured his family knew the
Lord and His goodness. Bringing his family with him, he would attend Christian concerts. While
driving his truck for work, he always played his Christian music on cassette tapes that he could
find and put in all the while safely keeping his eyes on the road. Before every meal, he included
a German prayer. Anyone sitting at the table was expected to participate regardless of knowing
the language or prayer. Family to him was not just limited to familial relationships.
In his later years, when dementia robbed him of his memory, he taught us how to live for
the moment and enjoy the simple things. Regardless of the disease, he was still always kind
and lived for God. Toward the end, he did not talk much but encouraged us to listen without the
words allowing actions to speak. God granted him the gift of remembering his wife, daughter
Bonnadet, and granddaughter Megan through the end. The family wishes to thank Denver
Hospice for their tender care and help for Bob in his final weeks at home. They were a huge
support for the family and Bob.
Bob will be remembered for his love for God, his unique sense of humor, his unfailing
work ethic, his generous smile, his willingness to take anyone to church, his loving manner with
all people, his giving nature, and his willingness to help anyone.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Bob’s life at Trinity Church of Wheatridge at
4490 Newland Street, Wheatridge, Colorado 80033, on Wednesday, July 29. Viewing will be at
9:00am with service and reception to follow. Interment in the Fort Logan National Cemetery at
4400 W Kenyon Ave Denver, Colorado 80236 will follow the reception with a funeral procession.
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