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Glenn H. Presser

Sept. 1, 2009

CORRECTION: Sept. 8

Glenn H. Presser of Glendale died Aug. 23, 2009, at age 84 after battling pancreatic cancer.

He was born and raised in Glendale, living on River Forest Drive as a boy, in an apartment on Teutonia Avenue after marrying and finally in the current family home.

He met his wife, Anne, while both were majoring in education at Milwaukee State Teacher's College, now know as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They were married Aug. 20, 1949, after graduation. He felt fortunate to have a life-long partner in square and ballroom dancing, swimming, traveling and gardening.

In 1955, their first daughter, Janis, was born. She was followed by sisters Susan, Gail, Lori and Judy.

He attended Whitefish Bay High School until he enlisted for World War II. While a high school student, he participated in football and track. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, spending more than two years aboard the U.S.S. Cape Esperance, a Navy aircraft carrier in the South Pacific in World War II. During one point, the ship got caught in a major typhoon, and the men created a "human ballast" by running from side to side to balance and save the ship in the high winds. He earned two Battle Stars for the Asiatic Pacific battles and on Battle Star for the Philippine Liberation. He received an honorable discharge. Later he became a member of the Alonzo Cudworth Post American Legion 23 and the city of Milwaukee VFW Post 2874.

He received his bachelor's degree from Milwaukee State Teacher's College in 1949 and began a teaching career as a sixth-grade classroom and gym teacher at Riverview Middle School in Glendale. Later he taught physical education at Parkway and Good Hope Elementary schools in Glendale. He earned his master's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in recreation in 1965. He then became the director of reaction for the Glendale-River Hills School District.

He was selected as the Glendale Citizen of the Year by the Glendale Lion's Club in 1984. He developed the Glendale Senior Citizens Club in 1973. He was a member of many civic and community groups. He was an avid swimmer for most of his life and swam regularly at Milwaukee County pools. He enjoyed biking, walking, hiking, working out and line dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Janis (Charles) Oppitz, Sue (Michael) Presser, Gail (Mark) May, Lori Presser and Judy (Charles) Presser; grandchildren, Samuel and Tessa Benedon and Samantha May; other relatives and friends.

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