Robert L. Glise

26 October, 19265 May, 2021

Robert L. "Bob" Glise, 94, passed away May 5, 2021. Bob was the fifth of six children born to Harry F. & Florence L. (nee: Yeager) Glise, in Detroit, Michigan on October 26, 1926. Bob was a 1944 graduate of Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army serving honorably during WW II. He was stationed in Hawaii and received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. After his return from the Pacific Theater, he married Betty (nee: Brooks) on April 14, 1951, at First Church of the Nazarene in Detroit. They had 4 children together. Bob delivered bread and baked goods for Taystee Bread, retiring in 1986 after 40 years of employment. An integral part of Bob's life that he shared with his family was his deep relationship and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the ways he expressed his love for the Lord, was by faithfully serving in the same church for 94 years. He loved music, had a beautiful voice, singing in his High School Choir along with his church choir for over 50 years. He loved baseball, playing well into his fifties, and bowled on the church league for several years. One of his greatest loves was the outdoors, whether it be hiking, boating, swimming, or feeding the dozens of birds that visited his feeders daily! He loved to travel all across the United States with his family, and his "Tenacious 10" group of friends. But most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his wife and his entire family. They were all his most cherished treasures.

Bob is survived by his loving children, Debbie (Bill) Ward, Tammy (Stu) Boice, and Bob (Paula) Glise; grandchildren, Ember (John) Ferrantino, Kyle Ward, Casey Ward, Taylor (Heather) Boice, Spenser Boice, Parker (Rachel) Boice, Hannah Glise, Stefani Glise, and Nathan Glise; great-grandchildren, Sophia Ferrantino, and Paris Boice. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased in death by his wife Betty, his daughter Marilyn, along his five siblings.

Family and friends may visit on Friday - May 14, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 12:00 p.m. at Hilltop Church of the Nazarene, 21260 Haggerty Road (north of 8 Mile Road), Northville, MI 48167.

Donations in Bob's memory may be made to Hilltop Church of the Nazarene.


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  • Visitation Friday at Church

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Spenser Boice

15 May 2021

It’s almost as if Papa was born to be a Grandpa. Like those amazing Grandpas we see in movies ya know? He was even better. I don’t think I’ll ever go a day without thinking about him for the rest of my life.

Papa, I’ll miss you so much. There’s no way to describe how much I love you, and what you meant to me. You were always kind, always affectionate, always fun and always loving. I’ll never forget the hours and hours you spent with us throwing a football, going on walks, swimming in the lake, playing board games, taking trips all over the place. You never complained when we wanted to play outside! Not even once. As I got older every time I saw you, you made sure to ask me about everything that was going on in my life and that always meant the world to me. But my favorite memories of you have to be how much and how hard you LAUGHED. Oh my gosh. You laughed yourself to tears at least 10 times a day. You loved to laugh and that’s how I knew you had so much joy in your heart and you loved life.

Your love for Gram was unmatched but anyone I’ve ever met. And I’m so thankful to have that example. You never gave up, you never left her side and you showed us all what it means to love someone.

I’m so honored that I got to sing some of your favorite hymns as we remembered you yesterday. I could hear your voice singing along with me the whole time. I’m honored to have known you, and to have been your Grandson.

I love you Papa
- Spenster (that’s what you called me)

Judith Headlee

15 May 2021

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Bob was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I remember my days at Detroit First, singing in the choir where I first met Bob. He is someone you can't forget, a remarkable man, friend and example to all. I know he will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren. He left a great legacy to be treasured by all.

Judy Headlee

Linda Wiley

12 May 2021

Bob was a kind, gentle man oc great faith who impacted everyone he knew. He and his wife, Betty, shared a special sense of humor. He would jokingly say the reason he married Betty was that she was strong and had good teeth. Of course you only had to see them together to know they shared such a special love. Reunited they will share eternity and together enjoy the rewards of a faithful life serving his Lord. This world is a better place because Bob was here. Thank you for your faithfulness. We shall meet again one day.

Taylor Boice

11 May 2021

I don’t know if I can put into words how much it means to have had such a wonderful example of love in my life. I’ll always remember how loving he was to Gram no matter how bad her brain disease got. He refused to leave her side even when she’d totally forgotten him. Some might call it old fashioned, stubborn or even over religious. I call it faithfulness. Faithfulness to his word to be by her side “for better or for worse and in sickness and in health”. I couldn’t ask for a clearer picture of what is means to love someone. I hope to live up to your example Papa and am eternally grateful for your life’s influence on mine.

Casey Ward

11 May 2021

Nothing I write or say will ever be able to fully describe how much of an amazing man you were papa. But, I can describe how much I will miss you. I'm going to miss your comforting presence, your kind words and your everlasting love. I'm going to miss the holiday dinners, the small talk and the stories. I'm going to miss your hugs, your laugh and your smile. I am going to miss you so very much for so many different unique reasons. But, one thing I wont ever have to miss are the memories and love I have for you. They will always be with me until the day we are finally reunited (hopefully far into the future if that's okay with you). I miss you already papa and always will, Love you.

P.s. You didn't have to set such an extremely high bar for the rest of us. Best papa ever.

Terri Maurer

11 May 2021

I remember Bob Glise well. Was blessed to sing in the choir with him and with his daughter Tammy! What a great man who blessed so many with his faith and his talents. ❤️

Debbie Ward

11 May 2021

Dad: A small word that means so much! You were the best dad and example anyone could have. As your daughter I always felt so loved and knew that there wasn't anything you wouldn't do for your family. We all knew that we meant the world to you!
I was blessed and felt privileged to have been your care giver for the last four years. Those years were filled with many memories and laughter. Time that was precious to have been able to spend with you. Many happy and some sad moments that I would do all over again!
I love you Dad and will miss you more than you can imagine!! ❤️ Deb

Ember Ferrantino

10 May 2021

I knew we couldn't keep you with us forever, but I sure wish we could have. You filled my childhood with so many amazing moments; I couldn't have asked for a better grandfather. I fondly remember all the Tuesday evenings, Christmas Eves, and Thanksgivings we spent at your house where we made more memories that anyone could count. You were so proud of your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and were a pillar of strength, love, and faith in our family that can never be replaced.

Though it's selfish, a small part of me hoped you would live forever because no part of me could imagine you not being here. You were always there for me, cheering me on during every major life milestone: my birth, my high school graduation, my wedding, and even the birth of our daughter (your first great grandchild!), and so many moments in between. Not many people are lucky enough to get to share so much of their life with a grandparent.

They say your legacy is not what you leave behind for people, but rather the mark you leave on the world and in people's hearts. Know that you left behind an amazing legacy of family and loved ones who adore you, friends who will never forget you, and a world that is better because you existed.

I was, and always will be, honored to call you my Papa. Love and miss you more that you know.

Rachel Boice

10 May 2021

Papa was such a kind, loving man. His grandson Parker, who I’m married to, has always adored him and looked up to him so much. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Papa as long as I’ve known Parker. He was a godly man who instilled love and trust in his family.
My favorite memory of Papa was when we took our daughter Paris, his great granddaughter, to meet him. He couldn’t move around or walk very well at the time, spending most of his days in his rocking chair, but that day he got up early and got all dressed up to meet her. He even put suspenders on! He was so excited to meet her, and he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face the entire time he was holding her. It was such a precious moment, one that I’ll cherish forever. We love you, Papa, and we are so happy for you! Can’t wait to see you again someday. <3

Tammy Boice

10 May 2021

People have so many heroes, professional athletes, hollywood stars, teachers, pastors, etc... but my hero was truly my Dad. (on my cover photo) He gave me the greatest gift a girl could ever desire or need... he led me to a personal relationship with Jesus. His consistency, faithfulness, humble stature, and unconditional love cannot be matched in my book. He has received his reward as he went to be with his best friend, Jesus. My heart hurts, but only for us who have been left behind without him in our world. But I am so thrilled for him! A host of angels came and welcomed him home! I love you, Dad. You are the best Dad in the whole wide world! I will do my best to live up to the amazing godly example you set before us. I am so thankful you are in my future!