Glenn H. Gramelspacher, 91, of Jasper, died Thursday (April 13) at his home. He was born in Jasper August 25, 1925, to Claude A. and Marie G. (Cassidy) Gramelspacher. He married Jane Salb August 6, 1949, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died January 2, 2015.
He graduated from Jasper High School in early 1943 as class president. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy prior to his 18th birthday and entered engineering school at Purdue University in the spring of 1943. He finished his undergraduate degree in 22 months, was commissioned as an ensign and served four years aboard the USS Pickens. Following his honorable discharge he went on to obtain his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147, the Forty and Eight, where he served as past commander, VFW Post No. 673, the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, and the Knights of Columbus, where he served as a grand knight. He served on the Fairview Cemetery board, as president of the Jasper County Club, and was a member of the Serra Club. He also served on the board of directors for Memorial Hospital, St. Meinrad Archabbey, Dubois County Bank, Jasper Seating Company, JOFCO, Jasper Wood Products, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, and the National Association of Furniture Manufacturers. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church and was a past chairman of the parish council.
He is survived by one son, Glenn H. Gramelspacher II and wife Margaret, Summerfield, Florida; four daughters, Sherry Philbrick, Jasper, Terry Habig and husband Tom Howell, Palm Coast, Florida, Lisa Pugh and husband Tim, Alpharetta Georgia, and Micki Jerry and husband Kevin, Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren; Nick and Chris Gramelspacher, Boomer Philbrick, Colby Habig, Kelly Habig and husband Gabriel, Luke Habig, Brady Pugh, Brittney (Little) Pugh, and Brock Jerry; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Alice Schutz, Indianapolis.
In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Father Bert Gramelspacher, MM.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.BecherKluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.