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John V. Glockzin

August 4, 1928 April 19, 2011
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John V. Glockzin, 82, resident of Frederic, WI died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at St. Croix Regional Medical Center in St. Croix Falls, WI.

John was born August 4, 1928 to Victor and Marg Glockzin in Trade Lake Township, on the north shore of Spirit Lake. He attended Frederic School, graduating in 1947.

He loved music, which was always a part of his life. He was in the high school choir where he could sing three octaves from bass to tenor. He was in the high school band, playing trumpet, clarinet, French horn and baritone horns. After he retired, he learned to play organ for his own enjoyment and was very active in church choirs and singing for friends and at community events.

He worked at Stokleys’ canning plant three years, working his way up to can boss by age 18, supervising 15-25 employees. He later worked for Trade Lake Township and Polk County and drove school bus.

In 1947 he started working for Les Route at the grocery store in Frederic, where he stayed for nine years.

John served in the Armed Forces during the Korean conflict, where he worked in the medical battalion, became a cook, and later the mess Sgt for 250 service men and women.

He worked for Route’s again after his discharge from the Army, where he met and married Dorothy Gundlach. They were married in 1957 and shared their lives with their pride and joy, son Steve. They operated Glockzin’s Café in Frederic for nine years, being very proud to be the “place to go” after football and basketball games.

In 1963 John began working for Consolidated Lumber, where he became manager before he retired. After retirement John became a driver for Polk County Transportation transporting elderly and disabled people in the county. He also drove for Meals on Wheels bringing food to shut-ins.

After Dorothy passed away in 2007, John found Mickey, a class friend from 65 years past. They got married February 16, 2008 at Lewis Methodist Church with over 100 friends and relatives attending, without even sending out invitations! With this marriage, John “acquired” 3 step-children, 8 grandchildren and became “Grandpa John” to 10 great-grandchildren!

John was very community minded, as he served on the Frederic Village Board, Frederic Housing Board, Maple Grove Cemetery Board, church activities and Frederic Volunteer Fire Dept for 42 years and proudly serving as Fire Chief 25 years.

He loved growing flowers (having 150-175 different varieties of roses), vegetable gardening, doing yard work, hunting, fishing and visiting. John was a very active, busy and loving person who would do anything for anyone needing help and became a friend to anyone who met him.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene “Mickey” Lenz; son, Steven and daughter Sharon of St. Cloud, MN; brother, Jim and wife Diane of Coon Rapids, MN; extended family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewis, WI on Friday, April 22 at 11:00AM. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Thursday, April 21 from 4-7:00PM and again one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Online condolences may be left at Please continue to check this website for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475.

Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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