Robert E. Glanzer
South Dakota State Representative Robert E. Glanzer, age 74, of Huron, SD, passed away, Friday, April 3, 2020, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
There will be a private family graveside service in the coming weeks.
A celebration of Bob’s life following the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the “Bob Glanzer Memorial Fund”. 1034 Michigan Ave. SW, Huron, SD 57350
“Bob” was born September 13, 1945, at the Sprague Hospital in Huron, to Jacob S. and Mattie “Olive” (King) Glanzer. He was raised on a farm east of Lake Byron. Growing up Bob attended Sunflower Country School. He attended Huron Junior and Senior High School through his sophomore year. Bob finished high school at James Valley Christian School in 1963. He graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, in 1967, with a business degree and a physical education minor.
Bob and Penny Glanzer were married in Bethel Church, rural Yale, on August 2, 1968. In the fall of 1968, Bob began teaching and coaching at Wessington Springs High School until 1975. The family moved to Huron in 1975, when Bob was named the manager of the South Dakota State Fair, where he worked until 1979. He then started his banking career at Farmers and Merchants Bank, he continued in banking until retiring from American Bank & Trust in 2012. He was elected to the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2017, where he proudly and tirelessly served the people of South Dakota, until his death.
Bob held a deep love of American history, a love of rodeo, horses, the outdoors and the people of South Dakota. His biggest love was giving to his Lord and Savior, his wife Penny and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob S. and Mattie “Olive” Glanzer; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Lillian Glanzer; and his niece, Mari (Gross) Hofer.
Bob is survived by his wife, Penny Glanzer of Huron; daughter Sally (Brad) Burkholder of Hesston, Kansas; son Tom (Stephanie) Glanzer of Huron; grandchildren, Cassidy (Spencer) Hoyt, Carson Burkholder and Maxim, Brecken and Kolby Glanzer. His siblings are Kenneth “Skip” (Juanita) Glanzer of Huron, Linda (Jim) Friesen of Huron and Gloria (Lynn) Schneider of Huron; sister-in-law, Patty (Jim) Gross of Yale; along with numerous nieces and nephews.