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home : obituaries : obituaries November 20, 2014


11/6/2013 3:36:00 PM
Glen Springer

Dr. Glen M. Springer was born May 15, 1923 to Ella and George Springer at home in Stanley, WI. He was the seventh of eight children.
He graduated from Stanley High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in France and the Philippines until the war ended. Glen always said he was lucky because so many of his army buddies had different assignments and were killed during WWII.
After serving his country he attended Augsburg College, University of Minnesota and Northern College of Optometry in Chicago, graduating in May, 1950. He completed a contact lens post-graduate course of study before returning to Wisconsin.
He was united in marriage to Lorraine Cigan on August 26, 1950 at her home church, St. Johns Orthodox Church of Huron, WI.
Glen began his practice in Eau Claire but had dreams of living again in a small town such as he had grown up in. Upon searching, he discovered that Barron had a golf course and it was the county seat. In 1951 he decided to make Barron their home. He began practicing in the Barron and Chetek area retiring in 1993 after 42 years of practice.
Glen was a member and officer of the Indianhead Optometric Society and a member of the State and National Optometric Association for 42 years. He was a Kiwanis member for over 25 years, a member of the Barron Civic Club and Chamber of Commerce, a member of the American Legion Post and the VFW post of Barron, Cub master for the Boy Scouts in Barron, instructor for the Dale Carnegie course, volunteer for the youth hunter's vision screening program and a member of First Lutheran Church in Barron since 1951 where he served on several committees. He was instrumental in starting the Punt, Pass and Kick program in Barron and helped build the first hockey arena by the Barron High School.
Glen loved to golf and was fortunate enough to have a hole-in-one twice during his lifetime. He also loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family.
Glen always thought he was the luckiest man alive because he had a wonderful wife, to whom he was married for over 63 years, three wonderful sons and he loved his work. Glen was very happy to have chosen Barron in which to work and raise his family. He was tickled pink when, as luck would have it, the new Barron golf course became part of his backyard.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; three sons, Bob (Dapphney) of Punta Gorda, FL, Jim (Claudia) of Bloomer, WI and Dean (Lori) of Barron, WI; eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; sister, Eleanor; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Visitation was on Saturday November 2, 2013 at Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. Funeral services were on Sunday November 3, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Barron, with Rev. Steve Timm officiating. Burial was at Wayside Cemetery in Barron, WI.
Rausch and Steel Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

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