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John W. Glueckert
Of Arlington Heights

John W. Glueckert was born on January 20, 1935, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Richard and Mary (nee Neville) Glueckert. He died Monday, August 14, 2017, peacefully at his home. 

A life-long resident of Arlington Heights, he graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1954, and attended Northern Illinois University before entering Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  John started his career in the funeral industry working for Dick and Betty Black at Black’s Memorial Home in downtown Arlington Heights.  He later worked for Howard Haire and purchased Haire Funeral Home in 1970, changing the name to Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd. in 1976. In 1987 John relocated the funeral home to its current location on Arlington Heights Road.   

He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1964 as a Supply Sgt. while stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.  John was a member of the Arlington Heights Lions Club for over 50 years, serving as president in 1967-1968 and was a Melvin Jones Fellow.  

A thoroughbred enthusiast from his early years, he was an avid horse player and owner.  John enjoyed his lunch time handicapping with “the boys” and his afternoon trips to Arlington Park.  He is a former member of the St. James Men’s Twilight Golf League and was a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Holy Rosary Council #4483.

John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosanna N. (nee Airdo); his children John W. (Lori) Glueckert, Jr.; Mary Cecelia (Marc Heidkamp) Glueckert-Heidkamp, and Jacqueline (Chris Mahon) Glueckert; his grandchildren Riley Mahon, Alexi Heidkamp, Carson Mahon, and Seth Heidkamp; and his sister, Mary Ellen Borton.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rosemary Kinnard, his brother, Richard F. “Bud” Glueckert; and his brother-in-law Wilbur Borton.

Visitation from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017, at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Prayers 11:15 am, Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Funeral Home, proceeding to St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, Illinois for Mass at Noon. Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL, 60004, or to Northwest Community Healthcare Foundation, 3060 W. Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, IL, 60005.

Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

17

Aug

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Glueckert Funeral Home

1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Prayers

Friday

18

Aug

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Glueckert Funeral Home

1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Funeral Mass

Friday

18

Aug

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
St. James Catholic Church

831 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Interment Private

Cemetery Details

Location

Queen of Heaven Cemetery

1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162


Memorial Contribution

Northwest Community Healthcare Foundation

NCH Foundation
3060 W. Salt Creek Lane
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

St. James Catholic Church

831 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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