James Richard Glaza

September 1, 1957April 5, 2021

James R Glaza, 63, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2021. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. He was born on September 1, 1957, in Bay City, Michigan, to the late Robert J and Phyllis M (nee Sniezek) Glaza. He was a faithful member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, and worked 45 years at General Motors in the skilled trades (Millwright and Electrician), and was a member of UAW Local 2209. James graduated from Bay City Central High School, earned a bachelor’s degree (Business Management and Finance) from Western Michigan University and a post graduate fellowship in International Studies from Tianjin University, China. He had a black belt in karate and enjoyed hunting, fishing, bicycling, boating, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with his family especially with his daughter, Crystal (fiancé Ben) and grandson, Austin (father- Tony) Koehl.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Terri L (nee Pintoski); daughter, Crystal L; siblings, Steven (Debbie), Debbie (Grant) Gehringer; Michelle (Tom) Jasman, and Matthew (Shannon), grandson, Austin Koehl; uncle, Billy (Nancy); mother in-law Charmaine Pintoski; and sisters in-law, Clara Glaza, Tina Glaza, Pamela Bragiel, and Kelly (Alan) Hamme. He was also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and his “BUNCH” brothers. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Ronald, Theodore, father in-law Lawrence Pintoski, and nephew, Joshua Jasman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am, on Friday, April 9, 2021, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1502 East Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, with visitation from 9:30 am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or to the St. Mary Magdalen Oratory at St. Vincent De Paul Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. For online condolences please visit



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Mary Kettle

April 10, 2021

I am so very sorry Jim will be missed by many,

Don and Maureen Bokhart

April 9, 2021

Terri, Crystal and the whole family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was a sweetheart and will surely be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathies to you all Hugs and prayers

Magdalena Janik

April 8, 2021

Terri, Crystal, Michelle, Debbie, Matt and the rest of Glaza family,

We’re all deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
We are sure that Jimmy will be sorely missed by everyone but memories of Him will last forever.

Aunt Maria, Magda and the rest of the family in Poland

Ron Sorensen

April 8, 2021

Terri, Crystal and the whole Glaza clan. Words cannot express how sorry I’m am to hear the news. Jimmy was a good and honest man and a great outdoorsman. I’ll never forget, and will hold dear, the times we spent in the field - especially the trips to Colorado. We’ll say a rosary for him.

Charlie Gourd

April 8, 2021

Terri, Crystal, and family,

We are sending our love and heartfelt condolences.
Jimmy will have his arms around you and always live on in your hearts.

Charlie, Barb, Mariah Gourd

Julie Blauvelt

April 7, 2021

I've worked with Jim everyday for the last 5 years. Appreciate his friendship and humor.
Loved talking about his hunting trips (my husband is a hunter as well, but not to the magnitude of Enjoyed talking about everyday things.
I will miss him terribly, but God has an true angel at heart by his side.
Pray for Terri and the entire Glaza family.