Dennis Glassford


Dennis Glassford, 56, of Oskaloosa, passed away Wednesday evening, November 1, 2023, at his home in Oskaloosa.

Dennis Michael Glassford, son of Charles James and Evelyn Lavonne (McCoy) Glassford, was born on March 3, 1967, in Cherokee, Iowa. The family moved to Oskaloosa in 1983, and Dennis graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1986. Dennis married the love of his life, Lesli Lynette Linville, on April 15, 1989, at St. Paul Congregational United Church of Christ.

Dennis initially worked at PAMCO after high school and, in 1990, began his career at Clow Valve in the foundry. Dennis’s career with Clow lasted for 31 years until his ill health forced his retirement in October 2023. In conjunction with his career at Clow, Dennis also worked part-time evenings at Breadeaux Pizza, a job he enjoyed, mainly socializing with the community.

Dennis was a member of the IAM Local 1498 District 6. He avidly enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes, the World of Outlaw Sprint Car, the New York Yankees, and the Dallas Cowboys. Dennis enjoyed deer hunting with his son-in-law, David, and frisbee golfing with his family, but most of all, he loved being with his family making memories.

Dennis’s family includes his wife Lesli; daughter Audrianna (David) Wilke of Oskaloosa; son Acie Glassford (Sydney Aarhus) of West Des Moines; two grandsons, Joseph and Bowyn; siblings: Cheryl Stevens of Sigourney; Bob Glassford of Sioux Falls, SD; Tammy (Jim) Rose of Apache Junction, AZ Bill (Deb) Glassford of Chariton; Mary Rietveld of Oskaloosa; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; as well as his beloved Black Lab, Phoebe.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Ronnie Linville, sister-in-laws Lisa Hansen and Shelly Glassford, and brother-in-laws Tim Stevens and Jim Rietveld.

Funeral services for Dennis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at First Christian Church, with Reverend Molly Goodrich officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Langkamp Funeral Chapel and begin at 10 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet visitors from 4-7 p.m. Memorial Contributions can be made to Mahaska Health Hospice Serenity House or Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter.

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