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Brian John Glaser, 61

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Brian John Glaser, age 61, of New Hampton, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. 

Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. 

Brian was born on January 25, 1960, to Francis and Clarice (Holthaus) Glaser in New Hampton and grew up with his five siblings. He went to school in New Hampton, where he wrestled for the Chickasaws and was a member of the Class of 1978. 

After graduating, Brian went right to work as a heavy-equipment operator and mechanic. Over the years he was the owner of Glaser Excavating and ran his own mechanic shop, Chickasaw Auto/Repair. 

He worked hard and played hard for much of his life, and he was one of those guys who was always willing to help out his friends or anyone in need. 

Brian had seven children, and they remember that if one of their buddy’s cars wasn’t running right, he was always there to help them fix it. They also remember a dad who loved to have fun with his kids — be it hunting, golfing, fishing, going to truck and tractor pulls, stock car races, or camping. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and loved the fact that he had attended races at Daytona, but he had just as much fun going with the kids to tracks in Cresco, Decorah, and West Union. 

He loved driving them around on everything from a three-wheeler to a golf cart, and Brian remained a kid at heart throughout his life. He’d hunt almost anything — from bear to elk to deer to squirrels to coyotes to foxes — and he always had a good story to go with any of the stuffed animals that were in his home. 

Brian was a “welcoming” guy who loved to sit and relax, have a few beers next to a campfire and tell a few stories, and he will be missed by those whose lives he touched. 

He is survived by his father, Francis (Norma Storm) Glaser of Evansdale; two sons, Dawson Glaser of Nashua, and Triston Glaser of Nashua; four daughters, Tiffany (Brian) Fisher of Nashua, Tara (Mitch) Hardy of Denver, Kelsey (Kole) Hunziker of Denver, and Abby McCumber of Waterloo; two brothers, Gus Glaser of Pacific Junction, and Tom (Cindy) Glaser of Gloucester; two sisters, Cindy (Al) Gilbert of New Hampton, and Carol (Phil) Schrage of Marble Rock; one brother-in-law, Curtis Geerts of Alta Vista; and seven grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Clarice Glaser; sister, Chris Geerts; son, Brian Glaser Jr.; and sister-in-law, Barb Glaser.

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