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Stephen Leo Glady

Tue, Mar 4th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Stephen Leo Glady, age 69, of rural Wykoff, Minn., died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Stephen was born January 17, 1945, in Wykoff the son of Leo and Esther (Mensink) Glady at his great-aunt’s, Mrs. Anna Shepherd’s midwifery house. Most local women without high risk pregnancies in the mid-1940’s had their babies delivered there. Both mother and baby were taken care of for ten days before going home. On September 4, 1951, he entered first grade at Wykoff Public School and graduated from there on Friday evening, May 31, 1963. From 1963-1967, he attended and graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He played Johnnie football under Coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history. The team won NCAA Division III championships in 1963 and another in 1965 when he played there. On August 12, 1967, at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church in Wykoff he married his high school sweetheart, Jewell Miland, who he never stopped loving. In September 1967 they both began teaching in the Barnum Public School District. In May 1970 they left Barnum because Steve was drafted into the US Army. His tour of duty took him to Washington D.C. He worked as a chaplain’s assistant for the Military District of Washington (MDW) at Ft. McNair and at the Pentagon. In January 1972 President Nixon ordered early discharges from active duty so the couple returned to Minnesota. He began dairy farming with his father at that time. In 1973 he and Jewell bought the Roger Shaw farm (the old Quinn farm) directly south of his home farm. He farmed with his dad for 33 years. On March 24, 2004, the dairy cows were sold and he began crop farming and doing custom heifer raising for Trailside Dairy of Preston. In August 2009 he and Jewell sold a portion of their farm and moved onto his home farm where four generations of Gladys had lived: Christ and Mary (Hayes) Glady, Harry and Anna (Raabe) Glady, Leo and Esther (Mensink) Glady and the fourth generation, Stephen and Jewell (Miland) Glady.

Stephen was an active member of St. Kilian’s Catholic Church and after it closed he joined St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. He was a Eucharistic minister, lector and church committee member. He served on the boards of Land O’ Lakes, Northland Farmers’ Co-op and Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Company. He was also a member of the Stahl-Linnemeyer American Legion Post #369 in Wykoff and the Timm’s Trikes, Inc., a motorcycle conversion club, in St. Charles.

Stephen loved the land and being a farmer. Each year his favorite seasons were Spring planting and Fall harvesting. He taught his daughter, Megan, how to drive and operate every piece of equipment on the farm, how to be a hard-working farm girl, how to treat animals, how to play basketball and softball, how to appreciate her religion, how to be a true friend and how to reach for the stars. He enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle on quieter roadways so he could see and smell the beauty of the earth.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Jewell; daughter and son-in-law, Megan Miland (Glady) and Christopher Nicholas Evens and granddaughter, Caylee Jewell, all of Albany, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Mike Shovein of Eagan, Minn., and Jane and Terry Meyer of Madison, Wisc; sister-in-law, Margaret Miland of Rochester; five nephews, Christopher and Patrick Shovein, Benjamin (Diana) Meyer and their daughter Siena, Thomas Meyer and Richard (Barbara) Bottorff and their son, Michael Nakada; and one niece, Ann Bottorff. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

There will be a funeral Mass 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place at the St. John’s Abbey Cemetery in Collegeville at 4:30 p.m., that afternoon. Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday.

The family prefers memorials to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Stephen’s name.

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