Glenn Edward Mealman of Overland Park, Kansas passed away March 7, 2022 after suffering a brief illness. He was treasured as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many.
Glenn was born June 10, 1934 in Prescott, Kansas to Edgar and Mary Elizabeth Mealman. He is survived by his wife of 67 years and the love of his life - Gloria Gail Proch Mealman. Two children, Michael Mealman and Cathy Allen-(husband Robert). He has four grandchildren: Candice Roth-(husband Ché), Chris Allen-(wife Gretchyn), Jackson Mealman-(wife Megan), and Ryan Mealman. Two great-grandchildren: Cash Roth and Cayden Roth. His brothers were Raymond (now deceased), Robert (now deceased), and W. Everett, (Leawood, KS). Glenn’s love for his family and others have left this world a better place.
Glenn was an achiever and a leader. He was class president at Rosedale High School, where he also played football and basketball. Glenn’s college career was interrupted by the Korean War where he served in the US Navy. He graduated from Emporia State University with a BS in Business Administration and Secondary Education. He also completed his PMD from Harvard Business School. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Upon graduation from Emporia State, he landed a job at Fleming Foods as Grocery Merchandiser and was soon the youngest person to be promoted to Grocery Merchandising Manager. Glenn’s leadership flourished at Fleming, where he built a great team and eventually was elevated to Executive Vice President. He was a key member of the group that grew Fleming to become the largest food wholesaler in America. During his years there, Fleming was not just a great company, it was greatly trusted by its customers and employees.
Glenn had a passion for the joy of being of service and support to others. Throughout his long career, he always had time to help colleagues and junior associates accomplish their goals, and move themselves up to the next level. Upon his death, the family received many notes of sympathy with words about how he created lifelong friendships through his mentoring of teammates and subordinates. He never put himself first, it was always about others.
Glenn served as an officer or a member of the boards of directors of several charitable organizations and grocery chains. This included as president of the Topeka YMCA, Boy Scout Chairman, Advisory Board of St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, past member downtown Kansas City Rotary and past member of Board of Trustees-Ottawa University. He was a long-standing member of the PBI-Gordon Board of Directors, where his brother, Everett Mealman served as president and chairman for many years.
His faith was present, not just in words but also in his deeds, as he reached out and supported others. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, where he participated in a men’s bible study group and small groups.
Glenn shared his love of travel and all sports with his family and friends. He traveled the world with his wife and in all 50 states. He was a season ticket holder for KU Football/Basketball, KC Royals and KC Chiefs for over 50 years. He shared his love of golf with his wife, son and grandsons where he was a member at Blue Hills Country Club, Gainey Ranch Golf Club-Scottsdale, AZ, Keystone Ranch Course, CO and Shangri-La, OK.
He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events. His passion for golf allowed him to play with many celebrities and to get a hole in one with his good friend Lee.
Glenn showed that he truly cared about all people, and the goodness he gave so generously will be his eternal gift to all of us.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on April 6, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley Covenant Chapel at the United Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS. or streamed at: cor.org/memorialsonline
The family suggest contributions in his memory be made to Kansas City Hospice House and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS.