James "Jim" H. Glasshoff


former Viterbo Athletics Director and basketball coach 1975-1986

Oct. 10, 1945 - May 14, 2010 

James "Jim" H. Glasshoff, 64, of West Salem died Friday, May 14, 2010, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

James Harry Elray Glasshoff was born on Oct. 10, 1945, in Windom, Minn., to Harry and Eldora (Sundahl) Glasshoff. He grew up in Westbrook, Minn., attending public schools, graduating in 1963. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-70.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1975 with a degree in physical education followed by a Master's Degree in 1982. Jim married Pamela James on June 8, 1974, in Port Edwards, Wis. He was hired by Viterbo University in La Crosse in 1975, serving as athletic director and head men's basketball coach through 1986.

In August 1986 he was hired by Best Buy where he worked as a salesman until January 2004 when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Jim passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Friday, May 14, 2010, surrounded by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Pam; four children, Travis, Andrea (Charlie) Ihle, Erin (Garrett Johnson) and Michelle (Ricardo Mares); two grandchildren, Makena and Charlie Ihle; sister, Le Ann (David) Van Meveren of Slayton, Minn.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Grace James of Port Edwards, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Kathleen (Tom) Price of La Crosse and Patricia James of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; brother-in-law, Tom (Mary) James of Columbia Falls, Mont.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Jim was an all-around athlete. He competed in football, basketball, and baseball in high school and college. Jim's hobbies included riding his motorcycle, camping and attending any and all sporting events. He especially enjoyed supporting the West Salem Panthers, driving his Camaro convertible "sporty car" and going out to breakfast with his lifelong friend, Dale Tylka. Grandpa Jim enjoyed babysitting and playing with his grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Thursday, May 20, at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem. Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse with military honors by the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51 and the U. S. Air Force Funeral Honor Guard.

Friends may call at Jostad-Jandt Funeral Home, 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. A portion of the memorials will be donated to American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Alcee Jumonville and the oncology staff and the nursing staff at Gundersen Lutheran for their excellent care; and the special care provided by the doctors and nurses on Friday when Jim passed away. A special thank you to Dr. Glenn Liu and Mary Jane Straus and the rest of the cancer research staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital.