Desco Glass, of Cassopolis

Jan. 12, 1922 – March 13, 2016

Desco Glass, 94, of Cassopolis, went home to be with the Lord peacefully Sunday evening, March 13, 2016, in the presence and comfort of his family at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.

He was born Jan. 12, 1922, in Eudora, Arkansas, to Ivey and Luetisha (Calloway) Glass. He was preceded in death by Wilma Glass and Myrean (Newsome) Blakley, and later married Nehoma McKnight-Glass who survives

He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Cornelius Glass, Sr., Albert Glass; three great granddaughters, Taeghan Reeves, Bailey Rae Reeves, Sha-anna Marshall; two sisters, Essie Q. Parker, Annie L. Daniels; and four brothers, Arrell Winston, Ivory Glass, Elijah Glass and Elisha Glass.

Desco Glass

Desco Glass

Desco first worked as a roustabout, loading and unloading ships on the Mississippi River. He worked for various companies upon arriving in the Michiana area. He worked for Studebaker and was a machinist with Grand Trunk and Western Railroad in Battle Creek. Desco was the beloved personal assistant to the Miles, Blackburn and Cousins families of Elkhart for well over 40 years. He retired from Whitehall in Elkhart after 37 years as a forklift operator and mixer.

In his later years he worked for the Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart. Anyone who knew Desco, knew that he was a great storyteller and a charmer.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a faithful member of Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church.

Desco will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Nehoma McKnight-Glass of South Bend, Indiana; five daughters, DeVetta (husband, Joseph) Farrow of Niles, Bertha Glass of Atlanta, Georgia, Prophetess Jackie (husband, O.C.) Coleman of South Bend, Melissa McKnight of Indianapolis, Indiana, Teresa DeArmond of Chino Hills, California; six sons, Earl Glass of New York, New York, Melvin Glass of Colorado, Joshua McKnight-Glass, Glenn McKnight, and Andre McKnight, all of South Bend, Michael Blakley of Atlanta, Georgia; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild on the way; and one brother, Huey P. (wife, Eula) Glass of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and sister-in-law Alberta Glass.

Family and friends will gather Monday, March 21, 2016, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church, 16853 Chain Lake St., Cassopolis with the Rev. Norman Tubbs officiating.

Mr. Glass will be laid to rest in Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in Niles.

The family prefers contributions be made in Desco’s name to Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church, 16853 Chain Lake St., Cassopolis, MI 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

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