James Gladis, Sr.

March 5, 2020

obit James Gladis 2Aug. 13, 1936 – Feb. 27, 2020

James “Jim” Gladis, Sr., age 83 of Arco, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27 at Heritage Point Senior Living in Marshall. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. John Cantius Catho­lic Church in Wilno, with Father Ron Huberty cele­brating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Arco Cemetery, Arco. Visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 9:30-11 a.m. at St. John Cantius Catholic Church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
James “Jim” Gladis, Sr. was born Aug. 13, 1936 in rural Ivanhoe, to Joseph, Sr. and Helen (Radtke) Gladis. Jim lived most of his life in Ivanhoe, Ghent and Arco. He resided at Heritage Point Senior Liv­ing in Marshall since De­cember 2018, where he passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Jim worked hard as a farmer, truck driver, con­struction and back to farm­ing. Some of his employ­ers were Appleton Silo Co., Robert L. Carr Construc­tion and Buller Farms. Upon retiring, Jim took on the duty of patrolling the City of Arco and Lake Stay Park, day and night. He is missed in this role.
Jim was very proud and dedicated father, a loving grandfather, son, brother, favorite uncle and good friend. He will be remem­bered for his great sense of humor, (BS-ing), telling jokes, teasing and visiting with everyone. He was al­ways there to lend a hand to anyone who asked, and during retirement, drive slow enough to enjoy ev­erything around him. Jim’s motto could be, “if you’re driving 10 mph, you’re driving too fast.” Jim had a love of Country music and often sang his favorite songs to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children— Kirsty (Craig) Deslauriers, James Jr. (Becky Leibfried) Gladis, Shirly (Hammerlink) Gladis, Mitch (Janet Gram­stad) Gladis, Steve (Rocia Mendez) Gladis, Mary (Pat­rick) O’Reilly, Tom (Denise Halling) Gladis and Scott (Jenn Short) Gladis; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings— Lorraine Reiter, Irene (Willard) Goodmundson, Ione Voss, Roseann (Da­vid) Halfmann and Joyce (Dwaine) Evans; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his son Lee Gladis in 1997; grandchildren Jennifer Gladis and Cory Gladis; his parents, broth­ers, sister-in-law, broth­ers-in-law and nephews.