Melvin E. Gleiter, June 9, 1926 - April 16, 2017

Melvin E. Gleiter

Melvin Earl Gleiter, 90, died Sunday. April 16, 2017 at Azura Memory Care in Eau Claire following a complicated bout with Alzheimer's disease.

He leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Martin Loewenhagen, his two sons, Timothy and James, his daughter-in-law Kathleen and grandchildren Sarah and Ben, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, their children, and many close friends.

Preceded in death by wives Lois (Linse) and Beverly (Wright) as well as his beloved kitty, Putz. 

Born and raised in Alma, WI, the son of Sam and Elsie Gleiter, he excelled at hunting, fishing and academics, receiving his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University.

Prior to his university studies Melvin served his country during the Korean War, a proud veteran he was.

Melvin began his career in higher education in the chemistry department, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, teaching biochemistry and other subjects.  He served as Professor and Chairman of the chemistry department.  Staff, as well as students, remembers him as an avid and proficient whistler!

A devout Christian, Melvin cherished his faith as evidenced through his role as Deacon for Peace Lutheran church ministering and consoling his fellow Christians in their time of need.

An ardent world traveler, Melvin toured noteworthy destinations including Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Germany and most recently Israel.  He was also particularly fond of frequent trips to Chapel Hill, NC and Woodbury, MN.  Never in question were yearly trips to Green Bay for a Packers Game with Jim and Ben.

Please direct donations to Peace Lutheran Church ( and/ or the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701. Pastor James Whatley will officiate. Visitation will take place Saturday an hour prior to the service. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral in the Alma Cemetery in Alma, Wisconsin.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Mark Olson DDS April 27, 2017

    I'm positive Melvin was dear to the hearts of many people. He made a huge difference in helping me achieve my professional goals as my chemistry professor in 1969. He was kind, cheerful, encouraging, and humble. A great teacher! I have trouble thinking of more than a half dozen people who made such a difference. Just yesterday a patient shared her similar if not greater experience about him. Tremendous person; I will never forget him!

    Mark A. Olson DDS

  2. Floyd Brion April 21, 2017

    ...Had Dr. Gleiter for a Biochem class...back in the early 70's. I remember him as a wonderful teacher and more importantly as a wonderful human being. My sympathies to his family.

  3. Bill and Sharon Reineke April 21, 2017

    Tim and Jim (and family),
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. We have many fond memories of him, both as a fellow chemist and as a Peace member. Over 45 years ago, you both attended Epiphany School with our Lisa and Jeff, and we've all been friends ever since! We will pray that God will comfort you both with your happy memories and continue to bless you in the coming years. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the funeral as we will be out of the state Saturday.

  4. Julie Bauer Weyhrich April 18, 2017

    Tim and Jim, Your dad was such a gift to me. Growing up, he and your mom were highlights of our family visits to Mondovi, Modena, and Eau Claire. Later, he was a special gift to me my freshman year at UWEC. I will never forget his excitement with me when I got a 'B' in his small feat for me or for him. He knew his Saviour and rejoiced in His grace and salvation. I can't wait to see Uncle Mel, Aunt Lois, and Beverly in heaven. So much joy!

  5. Susan & Craig Bursaw and family April 18, 2017

    Thinking of you both, Tim & Jim.. and your families. Blessings for your father.

  6. Celia April 17, 2017

    So sorry for your loss, Tim.

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