William “Bill” Grant Gleason


William Grant “Bill” Gleason, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1935, to the late Adelbert and Mellisina (Wivell) Gleason in Hibbing, Minnesota. After high school, Bill enlisted in the United States Army and served his country for 7½ years in Germany, England and Korea. On Jan. 20, 1975, Bill was united in marriage to Yvonne Welch in South Dakota. He worked for Soo Line Railroad for many years until retiring. Bill was a very social person and enjoyed visiting with friends at the elderly center. He was an avid Vikings fan in the middle of Packer country and thoroughly relished the friendly banter with Packer fans. He loved his family more than anything else in the world and never missed a day saying “I love you.”

He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne; his sons, Harry (Julie) Gleason, Tracy (Brenda) Gleason and Russell (Amanda) Gleason; 12 grandchildren, Lily, Jacob, Trevor, Aylissa, Morgan, Mitchell, Isaiah, Andre, Sophia, Trevor, Steven and Madison. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and brother and sisters, Barbara, George, Jean, Helen and Tamson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at Stockbridge Bible Church with Pastor Ernie Geeting officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Gresham from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be conducted at the church following the service. Burial will be in Red Springs Cemetery.