Glenn William Anschutz, 96, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at home. He was born October 17, 1925 at the family farm near Wilson, KS, the oldest of William F. & Hedwig (Hattie) J. A. Schepmann Anschutz’s six boys and five girls. He confirmed his baptism faith and graduated from Holyrood, KS, St Peter’s Lutheran Grade School in 1939. He graduated from Wilson, KS High School in 1943.
Glenn was drafted at age 17 and was selected for the Army Infantry Intelligence Combat Unit (Special Forces) during WW II. He was in three battles and injured. Then he was sent to the Philippine Islands. He was honorably discharged in fall of 1946 and enrolled in KU. He graduated from KU in 1950 with a BSCE Engineering degree and accepted a job offer at the Kansas Department of Transportation. After several months, he was recalled into service and assigned to teach for a year at the Army Engineering School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia during the Korean War.
Glenn was the recipient of a Bronze Star, two Purple Heart Medals, Philippine Liberation Medal of Honor, Combat Infantry Badge and the Victory Medal.
At KU, Glenn was Secretary and President of KU Engineering Society (ASCE) and active holding offices in honorary societies: Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, Omicron Delta Kappa, Theta Tau and KU Club, Lutheran Gamma Delta, Independent Student Association, YMCA and Independent Student Association.
Glenn met Jayhawk student nurse Margaret Helen Gartner at Gamma Delta, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lawrence, KS youth group. They were married September 6, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church Independence, KS. They had two sons, Kent and Mark and 13 short-term Lutheran Social Services Foster Children.
Glenn worked 38 years with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) as Road Designer, Bridge Designer, Engineer of Photogrammetry, Engineer of Design, Chief of Bureau of Transportation Planning, Assistant Director of Engineering and Design. He worked 11 years at Washburn University (evenings) as an Engineering Instructor. After retiring from KDOT he taught 13 years part-time at KU School of Engineering. After that, he enjoyed driving the Gage Park Mini Train for 17 seasons.
Glenn felt privileged to chair the National Highway Bureau’s Committee planning & developing our first US Interstate Highway System. He was active and held offices in the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Kansas Engineering Society and Topeka Chapter of Kansas Engineering Society, American Society of Photogrammetry, Institute of Traffic Engineers, Highway Research Board, Topeka Engineers Club, American Association of State Highway and Transportation, Kansas Land Surveyors Association, Topeka Regional Science Fair, Boy Scouts of America, KU Alumni Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka, and held many offices at Faith Lutheran Church and Topeka Lutheran School. He received many service awards and honors.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth, John, Carl, Wilbur and Dale and sister Vera, brothers-in-law Martin Lehman, Harold True and Herb Mutschler and sister-in-law Mable Anschutz.
Glenn is survived by his wife Margaret, two sons, Kent (Debbie) of Topeka and Mark (Annette) of Seward, NE, two granddaughters Stefanie (Chris) Montalvo and Sara (David) Marstall and five great grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew and Kaydence Marstall and Dominic and Aurora Montalvo. Sisters Leona Mutschler, Wilmetta (Paul) McDonald, Leora True and Maydene (Louis) Meyer, sisters-in-law Cora Mae Reynolds, Geraldine Tate, Jean Anschutz, Eva Anschutz, and many cherished nieces, nephews and families, cousins and friends.
Private family graveside funeral services will be held November 27, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Penwell-Gabel Cremations, Funerals & Receptions in Topeka is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, designated for Lutheran Hour Ministry, 1716 SW Gage, Topeka, KS 66604 or Topeka Lutheran School Foundation, 701 Roosevelt St., Topeka, KS 66606.
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