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John B. Glaus

John B. Glaus passed away Nov. 17, 2011 at Sanford Care Center in Chamberlain at the age of 89 years.

John was born Sept. 14, 1922 in Chamberlain, SD, to Harley and Alta (Bartlett) Glaus. He attended country school and in 1939 graduated from Chamberlain High School. For several years after high school, John helped his father on the ranch that his grandfather had started in 1903.

John then attended South Dakota State University (SDSU) for two years before serving in the U.S. Army during WWII. John served mostly in the Pacific Theater and was one of the first troops to land at Osaka, Japan and took Taisho Airport. After his discharge, John returned to SDSU and graduated in 1948 with his Animal Science degree. During this time, John met Florine Lee of Isabel, SD, and on June 8, 1949 they were united in marriage. To this union, four children were born: Janet, June, Jim and Barb. John was a well-known breeder and developer of Angus Cattle.

John was active in 4-H serving as the Local Club Leader for 25 years, as Vice President of the South Dakota 4-H Leader Association, and as the 4-H Beef Superintendent of South Dakota State Fair for 17 years. He was an active member in his church serving as Deacon, Trustee, Music committee, and sang in the church choir for 67 years as well as singing for many funerals and weddings. He served on the Chamberlain Township Board for 50 years, Brule County Crop Improvement Association Director, as a Farm Bureau Member, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Chamberlain.

John also served on the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association in many capacities since 1946, a charter member of the South Dakota Production Records Association, a charter member of the South Dakota Beef Council, and the SDSU Agricultural Advisory Board member.

John received several awards and honors such as Goodyear Soil Conservation Award in 1957, Rangeman of the Year in 1965, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society Award in Ag in 1966, Eminent Farmer Award by SDSU in 1991, Heritage Saddle Award, was inducted in the South Dakota Hall of Fame for Agriculture in 1992, and also received many other awards and honors over the years. He touched many lives through his volunteer efforts.

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Grateful to share his life are his wife Florine Glaus of Chamberlain; son Jim (Sholi) Glaus of Chamberlain; three daughters Janet (Roger) Wehde of Dell Rapids, June (Arden) Shields of Harrisburg, and Barb (Don) Walker of Piedmont; 12 grandchildren: Troy (Rosa) Glaus of Parkston; Tate, Teil, Savanna, and Moriah Glaus all of Chamberlain; Kelsey Wehde of Astoria, NY; Lee Shields of Highlands Ranch, CO; Amy (Andy) Schoeberl of Lennox; Sara (Matt) Powell of Harrisburg; Clint (Katie) Walker of Sturgis; Ben Walker and Sam Walker of Piedmont; and eight great-grandchildren: Carol Ann, Jolena, Tia and Malia Glaus; Gavin Schoeberl; Braden and Brynn Powell; and Ella Walker. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister LeOtia Glaus and three brothers Bernie, Dwight and Warren.

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