Glen Fortune Banse

March 9, 1948March 23, 2018

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, Glen Fortune Banse has gone home to our Eternal Lord and will be gloriously reunited with his beautiful and devoted angel wife, Marilyn, his parents, Wesley V. & Grace F Banse, his brother, Wesley V. Banse, Jr., his grandparents, Colon & Minnie Fortune and Albert & Julia Banse, and his aunt and uncle, Robert & Christine Fortune.

Glen was born in Camden, NJ on March 9, 1948 and raised in Magnolia, NJ. He attended the Magnolia Public School and Sterling High School. At Sterling, he captained the freshmen football team and shared the Conference Championship. In 1964, he moved to Manasquan, NJ where he attended Manasquan High School. There he met the love of his life and future wife, Marilyn Edwards of Sea Girt. He was also Defensive Captain of the Conference Championship 1965-66 MHS football team.

Majoring in Art, he attended Ottawa University in Kansas, Kansas State University and The New School in NYC. In 1970, he began his life-long career as a professional Artist. He was a partner in 3 art companies that produced signed & numbered limited editions, producing his art using many different names and working with major artists from all over the world.

In 1991, Glen became TV pioneer ‘Buffalo Bob’ Smith’s (of Howdy Doody fame) Agent and served in that capacity until 1998 when Buffalo Bob passed away. During these years, Glen, his wife Marilyn, Buffalo Bob & Howdy crisscrossed this beautiful country from coast to coast doing personal appearances and spreading joy to thousands.

Glen and Marilyn also lived in Brielle, NJ for 26 years before moving to Brick in 2005. Glen was a life-long Christian and loved Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He was also deeply patriotic and proudly loved our Great country, The United States of America. He loved music and the Arts and loved to paint. He loved to play his trumpet. He also loved to collect and some of his collections are unparalleled. His life was truly blessed.

Glen is survived by his loving sons, Jaime Fortune Banse of Brick, NJ and Eric Glen Banse of Boulder, CO; his darling daughter, Deborah E. Banse; and his beloved granddaughter, Megan Fortune Banse, both of Brick. He is also survived by his sister, Carole Doyon and many nieces & nephews.

Glen will be interred next to his cherished wife, Marilyn at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan. There will be a Graveside Service at the cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12pm. Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan, NJ is in charge of the arrangements. To view Glen’s Art, please go to his website at How Great Thou Art. John 3:16.


  • Graveside Service Monday, April 2, 2018

Glen Fortune Banse

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Shane shouman

February 27, 2019

I found this in an old house I lived in and have carried it with me everywhere,just realized me and mr,banse share a birthday and the pic I have is number 3527 and is initialed by j k which is my wife of 20 years initials. I will treasure this print forever.

Keith Edwards

June 16, 2018

I have only just heard of your loss - and simply cannot believe it!
I am so dreadfully hurt to hear of it
Your Dad was such a fine person - O always knew him to be a soothing influence
I had hoped to have spoken with Eric when he was here and gave Cheeri the number for him to ca;; but guess there was simply too much to do
I kow you all know O lost my better half at the same time - he was an artist too
I am guessing that God wanted to redecorate and needed the best people he could find - but so sorely wsh he could have waited aq bit longer for all of us here


May 4, 2018


Leslie Barlow

March 28, 2018

So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad...we knew each other many years ago. He was a wonderful man and excellent artist. I have two signed prints that I would like to give to you . Please let me know how I can arrange that. Sending much Love, Leslie

Rich Bahlmann

March 27, 2018

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of Glen. He and Marilyn were wonderful classmates, and we will all cherish the memories of them both. Rich Bahlmann