Walter Funeral Homes

Serving the communities of Freeman, Marion and Bridgewater, South Dakota

Visitation for Herb Glanzer will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman, with private family committal at the Salem MB Church Cemetery.


It is well with my soul.

During the last days of his life, when he knew his time was short, Dad said this phrase often and requested that these words be at the top of his obituary. 

Herb Glanzer was born on a farm in Alexandria, S.D., on May 10, 1939. He is the son of Michael J. Glanzer and Mary W. Glanzer. He has one sister, Marilyn (Glanzer) Hofer, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dad was born again as a child of God at the age of six. These are his own words regarding his testimony of salvation. 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8–9

My mother led me to the Lord at an early age. I believe and am thankful that the Lord made the plan of salvation so simple that even a child could understand. As a child I understood what sin was and that I needed to have my sins forgiven. I knew that Jesus took my place on the cross and I must accept this perfect gift of salvation by faith to be saved.

He was buried and rose again the third day and He will come again to receive me as His own.

I am not ashamed, for I know whom I believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I committed unto him against that day. 

Herb grew up on a farm in Bridgewater, S.D., and spent his childhood and teen years working on the farm with his family. He had many fond memories of life on the farm and with his family. He shared many stories of his growing up years with his children and grandchildren.

Herb graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1957. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and later graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in electrical engineering.

Shortly after graduation, Herb moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he worked for the Nebraska Highway Department. During this time, he met Edwina Smith at church. The two fell in love and were married on June 14, 1964. They were happily married for almost 55 years. They had two children together — a son, Mike, and a daughter, Kristi.

Herb and Edwina moved to Huntsville, Ala., in 1966 where Herb then began the major part of his career in electrical and digital engineering. 

Herb’s career coincided with a time of great innovation in his field. During his career at Teledyne Brown engineering, he was privileged to work with NASA on the Apollo Space Missions and even went to Florida to help install test equipment on one of the rockets. He was also part of a pioneering project that developed one of the first computer languages that would be practical for the common computer user.

The second major part of his work career was with the Chrysler Corporation where he worked on electrical and digital design projects for cars, high-speed trains, and many secret government projects. Herb was offered an early retirement which he took at the age of 57.

Beyond his interesting, innovative career, Herb’s life was filled with Christian ministry, and this time for service was able to increase even more during his years of retirement.

In talking with Herb during his final days, this is the area of his life that he wished to highlight the most. He loved serving the Lord and did so in many ways over the years. He was a deacon and an elder. He enjoyed sharing the Gospel and had a burden to see people come to Christ. In his lifetime he witnessed to many people, possibly hundreds. Although he was often burdened that he did not see more come to Christ, he knew that his part was to share the good news of the Gospel and leave the rest to the Lord. 

Herb enjoyed studying the scientific aspects of Creationism and taught a year-long Sunday school class on this topic. He also enjoyed studying the Bible and preaching and teaching occasionally at his church. He led the Wednesday evening prayer meeting and helped organize the speakers for the Chinese church, a ministry of his church. He felt very privileged to preach and teach the truths of the Bible to these Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ. 

Herb enjoyed singing in the choir, in a quartet, and with his wife. He volunteered several years for a week at a time at the Child Evangelism Fellowship headquarters in Missouri. He enjoyed organizing the communion service at church and felt this was such a great honor. He also served by helping organize other events and enjoyed serving with his friends on the church maintenance crew which they call the R (retired) Force.

Herb was also a “jack of all trades” and enjoyed doing work around the house in both areas of maintenance and enhancement. Up until just a year ago, he was still changing the oil in his own vehicles. He was the ultimate do-it-yourself kind of guy. 

Over the years, he enjoyed gardening and was an amateur radio operator. He could read Morse code at 36 words per minute. As a ham radio operator, he enjoyed talking with other ham radio operators around the world.

First and foremost, Herb was a wonderful, godly husband, father, and friend. For this, he will be most remembered. God’s gracious work in his life had produced fruit in him and caused him to be a man who had a strong fidelity to Scripture and a very visible walk with the Lord. He was very thankful for his godly heritage and had a strong desire to pass that heritage along to his children, grandchildren, and beyond. He was a man of conviction, courage, and faithfulness. One of his greatest joys other than his salvation was that his children and grandchildren had all been saved and desired to follow the Lord. 

Herb is survived by his loving wife, Edwina; son, Mike (wife Sandy); daughter, Kristi (husband Ray); sister, Marilyn (husband Derrold); and grandchildren: Austin (wife Liz), Mica, Justin, Maggie, and Ella.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman, with a private family committal at the Salem MB Church Cemetery.

Four generations of care