Emmett Franklin Glass, 88, Akron, Army Chemical Corps vet, engineer with 36 patents

By on March 2, 2016

Emmett Franklin Glass, 88, of Akron, passed unexpectedly yet peacefully, due to a stroke, in the Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 28. He was surrounded by his family.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron, having served on the cemetery board. He was a resident of Garden Spot Village for two and a half years. While living there, he made many friends among the residents and staff.

He was predeceased by his wife: Constance (Nier) Glass; his eldest son: Gregory Glass; and his parents: Robert and Lillian Glass.

Emmett was born Feb. 3, 1928. He was raised in Adamstown and graduated from Shillington High School. He also graduated from Albright College where he earned a degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. He loved sports and excelled in both baseball and basketball. Being very athletic and skilled at baseball, he was scouted by both the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies farm systems during his college years. In 1951 he was inducted into the Army Chemical Corps.

He married Constance on Oct. 14, 1955. They built their home and raised four children in Akron. Emmett’s career as an engineer spanned 36 years at Ford New Holland. His skills and expertise as an engineer were recognized in the 36 patents that were issued in his name. He was a brilliant and detail-oriented individual.

Emmett is survived by his daughter: Jeanette Leid and her husband Mike, of Denver; his son: Robert Glass and his wife Martha, of Wernersville; his son: Jeffery Glass of Akron; his daughter-in-law: Linda Glass, Lititz; his three grandchildren: Adam, Michael, and Alexandra Glass, of Nottingham, Md.; and his two step-grandchildren: Rebecca Leid of Williamsport; and Philip Leid of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by his beloved companion of many years: Gloria Lammy of Flint, Mich.

Emmett spent almost every summer at a family cottage located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. While there he enjoyed fishing, water skiing, boating, and visiting with friends and family. He was an avid golfer and his love of the sport was shared with his children. He enjoyed watching sports and attending Hershey Bears hockey games with his family. Emmett also enjoyed big band music and jitterbug dancing. Time spent with family was important to him. Birthdays and holidays were cherished times to celebrate and spend time with his loved ones.

A viewing will be held Friday, March 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 435 Main St., Akron, followed by his funeral service at 7:30 p.m., with Pastor Matthew Lenahan officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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