Mark Lawrence Glessner, 53, of Prairie Rose, ND, passed away on December 15, 2016 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by friends and family. Mark was born September 25, 1963 in Jamestown, ND to John Glessner and Beverly (Brown) Glessner.  He grew up in Fargo attending Nativity Elementary School and Shanley High School, graduating in 1982.  He also attended the University of North Dakota. He spent his career working for Greener Plains Contracting, a company he co-founded in 1985. Additionally, he was a managing partner of Heartland Industrial Supply Company. Mark found happiness spending time in his garage watching NASCAR, as well as being with friends and his two Black Labs, Three and Shadow.  He also loved being outdoors – fishing, golfing, hunting, snowmobiling, and water skiing at Lake Eunice. Mark was a lifetime Raiders fan – watching games each week and often traveling to California to watch his favorite team. Mark will be remembered by his friends and family for his quick wit and sarcasm, and as someone who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Mark is preceded in death by his father John Glessner, and sister Roberta Johnson. He is survived by his mother Bev Glessner, sister Mary (Chad) Niles, brothers Dave (Marci) and Matt (Mary) Glessner, and brother-in-law Bill Johnson. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Amy (Aaron) Kempfer and Matt Sorenson, Jeremiah (Ashley), Daniel (Aubrey), Russell, Julia and Joshua Johnson, Sophie, Lucy and John Glessner, Brendan and Jori Glessner. Instead of a funeral, Mark’s wishes were to have a celebration of his life which will be held on Monday, December 19, at 6 pm with visitation beginning at 5 pm at Boulger Funeral Home. Mark’s wishes were to have a gathering where his friends and family could be together to share stories and fond memories. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in his honor to the Salvation Army.

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  1. My cousin, my brother, my friend…
    I’m thankful for the many, many years of memories, laughs, trouble, joy, hard work, broken rules and inside jokes! Growing older (I often wonder if we ever grew ‘up’… 😉) beside you were some of the greatest years of my life! I’m glad for you the pain is over. I’m sad for us that we have to wait to see you again…
    Be at peace, my Brother…

  2. Prayer and sympathy to you Mary and your family. I didn’t know Mark but I know you and if he was anything like you he was a gem. I’m so sorry for your loss. Too young but celebrating Christmas with Jesus ain’t a bad gig. I hope to meet him when my time comes to an end. Hugs my friend. Hold those cherished memories close to your heart and he’ll be ‘here’ forevermore. xoxo

  3. There really are no words – I could say thoughts and prayers etc… but that doesn’t take away the pain of losing someone you love dearly. Cherish the wonderful memories and hold him dear. Love you all!!

  4. To the entire Glessner family….

    Mark was like another brother to me. Always protecting me when my own brothers couldn’t. Treated me like his baby sister. I will always remember how when I was stranded in Grand Forks, he took me in at 2am and made sure I was safe. He called my brother and told him not to worry. His jokes, laughter, and wit, were simply magical. My Mom loved Mark like her own. I know that she was there to greet him upon his arrival with the BIGGEST hug. Fly high, Mark. You will be missed.

    Mary Miller Conati

  5. Thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends he will be missed,but have comfort knowing he is in a better place & pain free !

  6. We are very sorry to hear of your loss. There is never enough time when it comes to time with family. All we can do is look back on the wonderful memories and cherish them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Dear Entire Glessner Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.


  8. Mary, how sad I am to hear this news. Mark was an awesome guy and friend. I was lucky to know Mark and the rest of the Glessner family. My prayers are with all of you.

    Ron and BeBe Wilkens

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Glessner family-son,kevin hung around with Mark since high school at Shanley-many stories were told about their numerous excersions-we knew the Brown and Glessner family from grand forks daystoo soon for mark to go,but many good memories remain-RIP

  10. I did not know Mark, but I knew John and Bev from my time working at Dakota Hospital and loved them. John is buried by my parents at Riverside Cemetery and I always say hello when I pass his grave. I hope John and Mark are having a wonderful reunion. I am very sorry for your loss.

  11. Dear Bev and family,
    How sad you must be in your great loss!. My prayers and sympathy are with you. May Mark rest in peace and may you find comfort in your memories and consolation in your faith.

  12. To Matt and the entire Glessner family. Out deepest sympathy goes out to you and we hope you can be comforted in these days by family and friends.

  13. I remember all the fun times we had at the lake!! Mark always had that big smile and grin on his face! Even when I ran into him in Fargo later in life I was always greeted with a big smile!! See ya in heaven Mark and say hi to Dad and John! Karen Ohnstad Burns

  14. Gleaner Family,
    I am sorry to hear the passing of Mark and share my sympathies. Many memories of fun times at Lake Eunice as teenagers.

  15. To the Glessner Families,
    Mark was a very witty guy and loved by all that had the pleasure of meeting him! May your many memories of him and his wit carry you through this difficult time. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers today and always.
    Lots of Love heading your way,
    Nancy Sylte Keller
    AKA “Partner”

  16. I am so sorry for your loss,…. I have many fond memories of Mark and your entire family. Take comfort knowing he was a good man and now with His Dad and Sister. Many hugs to the the entire family and much love as well…..

    Bruce Winter and Family

  17. Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May happy memories of Mark give you peace and comfort.

  18. Very sorry for your loss.. I grew up down the street and have many memories of your family and car pooling to Shanley with your family.

  19. To the entire Glessner family: When I saw Mark’s obituary, I was very startled and very sad. My heart goes out to all of you. I have many wonderful memories of fun times at the lake.
    And to my buddy Levi/Matt, I wish to surround your with hugs and lots of love.
    Again, I’m so sorry.
    BLONDIE from the lakes

  20. Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  21. Dear Mark, I missed you in the years that we didn’t see each other, and thought about you often!

    Fondly, Pansy

  22. Dear Mark,
    I wish we would have kept in touch over the years. All of you meant so much to me when we were growing up. I will always remember how you called me Pansy when we were kids.

    With fond memories,

    Lana Bitz

  23. My oldest friend and brother from another mother. I will golfing and hiking with you. I’m sorry you never got your nickel from when the Raiders finally beat the Chiefs. But it says a lot saying you set the bet so low.

    I love you Brother. It was a privilege to be with you at the end, but also a tremendous sadness to watch you go.

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