Obituary of Lawrence F. Glander
EAST GREENBUSH - Lawrence F. Glander, 90, of East Greenbush, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Albany Medical Center after living a full and vibrant life. Lawrence was born June 28, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Christian F. and Helen (Mielauskas) Glander and moved to East Greenbush in 1945. Larry proudly served in the Army during the Korean war and later as a tank commander in the New York Army National Guard 210th Armor Division as well as serving in the New York Army Reserve. Larry was an electrician for IBEW Local #724, Albany, NY for many years before "retiring" to his love of farming and antique tractors and Chevy trucks. Larry was a life member of the Best-Luther Fire Department, joining at the age of 16, where his father was one of the founding members. During his tenure with Best-Luther, Larry held a number of positions, including President and Vice President, Chair of the Board of Directors, Captain, Lieutenant, Engineer, Fire Police, Safety Officer and was a Board of Director at the time of his passing. He was a member of the F&AM Van Rensselaer Lodge #87, the New York Farm Bureau and the US Power Squadron as well as numerous antique machinery clubs dedicated to preserving agricultural history. Larry's first love was his farm. Those who knew him, knew first and foremost that "Haying Comes First!" Whether it was on his bulldozer or an Oliver tractor, Larry was happiest working the land. One small blessing of COVID was that Larry's son Chris was able to work from home last summer and he was available when needed, making a memorable summer for both.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years Mary Ellen Glander, and his devoted son Christian Glander. Larry is also survived by his sister Linda Jach; nephews Mark(Ann)Winnicki, Luke Winnicki, Frank Butts; niece Linda Butts; cousin Ralph Bakkelid; and numerous great nephews and nieces and great- great nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister June (Thomas) Winnicki and sister-in-law Sally (Harold) Butts. Larry always cherished a good talk with family and friends.
Due to the COVID pandemic, services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to remember Larry in a special way, may make donations in Lawrence’s name either to the Best-Luther Fire Dept. Inc. 303 Old Best Rd., West Sand Lake, NY 12196 or St Stephen's Lutheran Church PO Box 213 East Schodack, NY 12063