GLEISSNER, Bernard (Ben) Frank, age 95, from Mission, KS passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024.  Ben was born May 24, 1928 in Olmitz, KS (outside Great Bend) to Frank and Josie Haberman Gleissner.  Ben was a devout member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mission, Kansas since 1958.  He attended Otis High School and was the star quarterback on the football team and point guard on the basketball team.

After graduating high school, Ben worked as an electrician at Riedl Radio & Electronic for three years near his hometown before he served in the US Army.  Ben was awarded the Bronze Star and made rank of Sergeant First Class during his three campaigns in the Korean War from 1951 to 1956.  After his service in the Korean War, Ben graduated from the Central Technical Institute which helped jumpstart his 38-year career as a TV Broadcast Engineer and supervisor at KCTV in Kansas City, MO.  Ben was awarded the Broadcast Pioneer Award by the Kansas City Media Professionals in May 1988 and eventually retired in 1992.

Ben met the love of his life, Catherine Barr, in 1956 at a church function and they eventually married on April 27, 1957 at Guardian Angels Church in Kansas City.  Ben was a big advocate of ‘family is everything’ and undoubtedly illustrated this point by visiting Cathy everyday for eight years while she was a patient at the Garden Terrace Alzheimer Center.

Ben will be remembered as a loving man with a family who loved him very much.  His Catholic values have had an impact on his family to live a life full of love and grace.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents (Frank and Josie Haberman Gleissner), siblings (Magdalene Mauler, Fred Gleissner, and Vernon Gleissner), his wife of 56 years(Catherine Barr Gleissner) and daughter (Carol Gleissner). Ben is survived by his children, son Jim Gleissner (Mary), daughters Jane Ferguson (Jim), Diane Kralicek (Bob), Mary McCaul (Cormac).  Ben was known as “Papa B” to his eleven grandchildren, Amanda Gleissner, Bobby Gleissner, JB Ferguson (Amber), Jeff Ferguson, Scott Galey, Nicole Galey, Alex Galey, Dan Kralicek (MacKenzee), Katie Kralicek, Kelsey McCaul, Michael McCaul; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan Ferguson, Bodie Ferguson, and Annie Ferguson.

Thank you to special friends who have become family: Betty Walters, Brie, Pam and Judy and treasured friends at the Atriums, Trustwell Mission Springs and Kansas City Hospice.

A private service and burial are planned.  Please consider donating in Ben’s honor to Night of Hope Foundation in Overland Park, KS, which brings hope to Alzheimer’s through prevention and reversal.

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