Stephen Leo Glady, 69, of rural Wykoff, died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

He was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Wykoff, the son of Leo and Esther (Mensink) Glady at his great-aunt's, Mrs. Anna Shepherd's midwifery house.

On Sept. 4, 1951, he entered first grade at Wykoff Public School and graduated from there on Friday evening, May 31, 1963. From 1963-1967, he attended and graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. He played Johnnie football under Coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history. The team won NCAA Division III championships in 1963 and another in 1965 when he played there.

On Aug. 12, 1967, at St. Kilian's Catholic Church in Wykoff he married his high school sweetheart, Jewell Miland, whom he never stopped loving. In September 1967 they both began teaching in the Barnum Public School District.

In May 1970 they left Barnum when he was drafted into the United States Army. His tour of duty took him to Washington, D.C. He worked as a chaplain's assistant for the Military District of Washington at Ft. McNair and at the Pentagon. In January 1972 President Nixon ordered early discharges from active duty so the couple returned to Minnesota. He began dairy farming with his father at that time.

In 1973 he and Jewell bought the Roger Shaw farm directly south of his home farm. He farmed with his dad for 33 years. On March 24, 2004, the dairy cows were sold and he began crop farming and doing custom heifer raising for Trailside Dairy of Preston.

In August 2009 he and his wife sold a portion of their farm and moved onto his home farm where four generations of Gladys had lived.

He was an active member at St. Kilian's Catholic Church. After it closed he joined St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley. He was a Eucharistic minister, lector and church committee member. He served on the boards of Land O' Lakes, Northland Farmers' Co-op and Bloomfield Mutual Insurance Company. He was also a member of the Stahl-Linnemeyer American Legion Post #369 in Wykoff and the Timm's Trikes, Inc., a motorcycle conversion club, in St. Charles.

He loved the land and being a farmer. Each year his favorite seasons were spring planting and fall harvesting. He taught his daughter, Megan, how to drive and operate every piece of equipment on the farm, how to be a hard-working farm girl and how to treat animals. He also taught her how to play basketball and softball, appreciate her religion, be a true friend and reach for the stars. He enjoyed riding his Gold Wing motorcycle on quieter roadways so he could see and smell the beauty of the earth.

He is survived by his wife, Jewell; daughter and son-in-law, Megan Miland (Glady) and Christopher Nicholas Evens and granddaughter, Caylee Jewell, all of Albany, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Mike Shovein of Eagan and Jane and Terry Meyer of Madison, Wis.; sister-in-law, Margaret Miland of Rochester; five nephews, Christopher and Patrick Shovein, Benjamin (Diana) Meyer and their daughter Siena, Thomas Meyer and Richard (Barbara) Bottorff and their son, Michael Nakada and one niece, Ann Bottorff.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 6, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will follow at the St. John's Abbey Cemetery in Collegeville at 4:30 p.m. Friends may call at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5.

The family prefers memorials to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in his name.