Michael M. "Mick" Glasser, 95, a Duck Lake Peninsula resident since 1966, passed away surrounded by his family at Munson Medical Center on Oct. 30, 2017. He was born on July 29, 1922 at Union Hill, New Jersey, to the late Martin and Grace Glasser.
Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 1941. As a Torpedo Squadron Ten Combat Air crewman attached to the USS Enterprise (CV-6), he was shot down during the October 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz, captured by Japanese naval forces and was a POW in Japan until World War II ended. During his naval career he was awarded Combat Aircrew Wings and 10 medals, among which were the Purple Heart and Air Medal. He retired from the Navy in September 1961 as an Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate.
He was married to his adored wife, Dorothy Picard, at the Woodward Central Christian Church in Detroit on Nov. 24, 1945 and celebrated 64 years of marriage together.
Michael was a life member of the AXPOW Association, a life member of the Cherryland VFW Post, a life member of the Traverse City Masonic Lodge, a member of the Torpedo Squadron Ten Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, Cherryland Amateur Radio Club and The Michigan State Employees Retirees Association.
He retired from Michigan civil service in January 1985.
He is survived by his beloved daughters, Linda Lee (William) Kluzak and Martha Ellen (Kenny) Allman; grandsons, Jason E. (Ann Marie) Kluzak, of Rochester Hills, and Josh L. Kluzak, of East Lansing; granddaughter, Heather Allman, of Alabama; and great-grandchildren, Jackson T. and Giavanna L. Kluzak.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and his parents.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned in accordance with his wishes.
Memorial contributions in Michael's name may be directed to the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club, the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society or charity of one's choice.
Kindly share your memories with Michael's family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 5, 2017