Woodrow Milton Glad
Woody Glad, 91 years, died April 3, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. He was born in Lancaster, MN December 8, 1922 to Martin and Mabel (Bremer) Glad. Following high school graduation in 1940, he hopped a train for Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota where he located a sleeping room, a job and registered for classes within 2 days. As a small town basketball star at Lancaster High, he had hoop dreams and briefly played ball on the U of M team. WWII interrupted University studies and he found himself as an army medic on Omaha Beach. Later he aided injured soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, and took part in the liberation of Buchenwald in 1945.
Upon returning from war, he resumed University classes in Minneapolis and also met his bride, Dorothy Ann Charlotte Miller. They were wed in 1947 and moved to Worthington, MN in 1950. He came on board as the administrator of the Worthington Medical Center. He relished this position and played an integral part in the Centers growth from 9 doctors to over 20 doctors by the time he retired in 1984. Medical Center staff had a low turnover rate and was loyal to the organization; although he often quipped that he, as a manager, was just smart enough to hire smarter people. He was also active in the State Association of Medical Management serving as president in 1971-1972.
Woody loved community involvement and service. He was a board member of the chamber of commerce, Worthington Savings and Loan, on the city council, on the area Health Service Agency board, president of the Kiwanis Club, active in local politics definitely Republican, and his favorite, played Santa Claus for various Christmas parties and his grandchildren. Woody liked to be in front of a crowd especially espousing his rather droll sense of Scandinavian humor. After 23 years of watching other peoples travel slides at Kiwanis Club, Woody put together his own slide presentation illuminating his tiny but illustrious hometown of Lancaster, MN. For a time, his Lancaster travelogue series was in hot demand in the Worthington community. After his retirement in 1984, he stayed active there and was commissioned by some future soccer moms to fundraise and organize a youth summer soccer league which he did while not knowing much about soccer.
Woody was an active member in Worthingtons First Lutheran Church. He served in many capacities church council board member, Sunday school organizer, on various committees and on the board of a church affiliated nursing home.
A move to Arizona in 1987 helped his golf game and with more time on his hands, he became active in the American Lutheran Church in Sun City. He served on the church board, helped establish a retreat center, and was active in the Stephens ministry where he gave friendship and financial assistance to those without family support in the Sun City area. He was most proud of his involvement on the church organ building committee. In church listening to the organ, he once exclaimed that it was not only the congregation singing but the whole building singing to the glory of God.
Woody spent his final 8 years giving devoted support to wife, Dorothy, who was in a full care nursing center. He was with her every day all lunches and dinners and every bedtime until she died last April 18, 2013. He moved to Grand Forks in November, 2013 to be closer to his daughters. During this time, with diminished purpose for living, nobody to take care of, and nothing to manage, he knew his time on earth was over. He maintained his sense of humor until the end joking and bantering with medical and hospital staff and driving his family nuts. Woody is survived by daughters Marybeth (David) Vigeland and Pamela (James) Schutjer; sister Joan Hugill; grandchildren Joseph (Heather) Klein, Anna (John) Sommer, Elliot Schutjer and Aaron Schutjer; 3 great grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 18, 2014 at the American Lutheran Church of Sun City, 17200 N Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ 85373. Online tributes: http://www.amundsonfuneralhome.com and arrangements by Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND. Memorials may be sent to First Lutheran Church in Worthington-Stained Glass Window Fund or to American Lutheran Church of Sun City.