Stephen Wayne “Steve” Glessner

Stephen Wayne “Steve” Glessner, age 70, of Manhattan, passed away on Sept. 23, 2019, at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka.

He was born Sept. 19, 1949, in Manhattan, the son of Harvey and Gladys Marie (Dockins) Glessner.

Steve graduated from Manhattan High School in 1967 and attended Manhattan Area Vo-Tech in auto mechanics.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 and did his basic training in San Diego, CA, and was stationed in Norfolk, VA, and was Honorably Discharged in 1972.  He worked Federal Civil Service at Fort Riley as a mechanic in the motor pool and for the Directorate of Public Works from 1973 until 2002, and retired as the Head Carpenter.

Steve was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Legion Post # 17.

He was devoted to his family and loved spending time with them playing cards and games.  He was always there to help his children and others in any way he could. He enjoyed fishing, attending auctions and bartering, collecting coins, and had several antique cars.  

He married Corinne M. Camp on June 29, 1974 and they later divorced. He later married Elizabeth A. “Beth” Franklin in Manhattan on Aug. 28, 2004.  Beth survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his three children: Michael J. Glessner and his wife Joetta of Manhattan, Jason W. Glessner of St. George, and Nichole M. Glessner of St. George; and two grandchildren: Tyler M. Glessner and Alyx R. Glessner of Manhattan as well as Beth’s Children: Niki L. Rakowitz of Manhattan, and Aaron Shay Franklin of Ogden; and one sister Gayle Noll of Shawnee.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and by two siblings: Joan Brougher and Kevin Glessner.    Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 28th, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ogden with Father Kerry Ninemire as celebrant.  Inurnment with military honors will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ogden.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 27th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.  A Parish Vigil will be held at 7:00 P.M. Friday in the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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