Glenn Eugene Bloss Jr.
By day a man toils and prays; every day, all day. Then a dark night comes. Suddenly he is resting huddled close to his Maker, his God. His Redeemer parses the chaff from the wheat of his toil and prayers. The man’s eye’s lift from his humble downward gaze as God reveals lavish bundles of golden grace; grace bestowed by God’s loving hands – day-by-day, all day, every day as this man toiled and prayed.”
On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 9:15 p.m., Glenn E. Bloss Jr. left his earthly lodging into the arms of His gracious God. Rest and peace are his. Glenn was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Jamestown. His parents were Glenn E. Bloss Sr. and Elvira S. Carlson Bloss. He was a life long resident of Falconer – living at 125 North Dow St., from the age of 3 until age 79, when he moved to Heritage Village, Gerry.
He married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Custer Bloss on Oct. 5, 1957. They raised four daughters and actively participated in the well-being, development, and encouragement of five grandchildren. Today they have six great-grandchildren.
He was an advocate, helper by nature. Reverent and respectful of elderly family and neighbors, those in need, providing action and support for those unable to advocate for themselves. He had a passion for justice.
He believed in the brotherhood of humanity, service to his church and community. Family was his greatest joy and forsook many business opportunities for the sake of family.
He walked the path of life in earnest wonder and gratitude for the unconditional, un-yielding love, encouragement, self-sacrifice, and faith of Darlene over their nearly 63 years of marriage. They are of one heart forever. He loved spending time with the little “folks” in his life. He had a wonderful ability to build relationships that made each one feel special and unique, while holding them fully equal in his heart. He knew how to make treasured and unforgettable memories.
His daughters remember him as a private, strong, determined man who could cry, he never hid his tears. He was a man who took great concern and care for his co-workers throughout his 44 plus years in banking.
Glenn’s life was full. He loved sports – baseball, golf, bowling, basketball, hockey. He was a die-hard fan of the Yankees and the Sabres. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth. He taught Principles of Banking at Jamestown Community College, participated in Junior Achievement teaching in area schools, and also taught accounting through the 4-H program. During his early banking career he started a “Savings” program at elementary schools in the area, going weekly to record the savings of students in their coin booklets.
He had an amazing gift of memorization and oration participating in many stage productions. He wrote and delivered beautiful and inspirational prayers for bank gatherings and many other community associations. He loved History – local, national, global, he loved to debate, he was a great story-teller. He and Darlene enjoyed raising and tending roses, working a garden together, and sharing this activity with the “little” ones in their lives.
The Bloss Family is profoundly grateful for the ministry of the hands and hearts of his truly dedicated caregivers at Heritage Village. They are, each and every one, angels on earth. From the his first day to his last day, every act of care, every spoken word of loving-kindness, encouragement, grace and mercy are forever encased in our hearts. While the COVID-19 pandemic stole family from him his presence – he trusted, counted on, his Heritage FAMILY as did his wife, daughters, grandchildren. THANK YOU, each and everyone. You are blessed members of our family. Our hearts and minds have been greatly relieved and we cannot adequately express the depth of our appreciation for the support, spirit-lifting care and attention of the Berquist Memorial staff during these many months, you too, are angels.
Glenn is survived by his wife Darlene I. Custer Bloss; four daughters: Jacqueline A. (Brian) Shannon of Jamestown, Glenda D. (Keith) Nelson of Falconer, Jill E. (Ray) Webb of Newport, N.C., and Gisele R. (Warren) Moses of Thurmont, Md.; five grandchildren: Amanda (Nicholas) Prugar, Zachary (Victoria) Webb, Daniel (Nicole) Nelson, Carlie Shannon and Elizabeth Moses; six great-grandchildren: Aurora G. and Diondre Prugar, Noah and Hannah Nelson, Charlotte and Amelia Webb.
A private funeral service will be held in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Lewis retired pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, N.Y.
Visitation will not be observed.
Memorial contributions may be donated to the Heritage Village Resident Council Fund, 4600 Route 60, Gerry, NY 14740 or Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1645 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16505.
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