Many visitors turned out from 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home in Sterling Heights to pay their repects to Glenn Haege, America’s Master Handyman® and host of “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” on Detroit radio for 34 years.
Haege passed away September 11, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He was 70.
“Glenn was like everybody’s favorite uncle, brother or father,” Mike Kearns of Kearns Brothers in Dearborn and Plymouth told The Detroit News in a story published Sunday. “He was a warm and caring, intelligent man who had a certain connectivity with his listeners.”
Haege, a Detroit radio icon, started his broadcast career on WXYT-AM 1270 in 1983 and for the past 11 years he was heard weekends on NewsTalk 760 WJR-AM. His radio show was also nationally syndicated in 135 radio markets. It is estimated that he had answered more than 85,000 home improvement questions during his time on the air.
For 22 years he was also a Detroit News columnist writing a weekly feature on home improvement. He authored 11 books on the subject. Haege was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Whether through his Detroit News columns, many books, home show appearances or his long running ‘Handyman Show’ on WJR, chances are, you too were helped out of a household bind through his incredible knowledge and limitless contacts who could help you fix the seemingly unfixable,” wrote Paul W. Smith, host of The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM, in a Sunday column in The Detroit News. “Glenn’s long time producer, Rob David, the man behind the ‘clear and concise, how to advice’ reminded me of many ‘Glenn-isms.’
“My two favorites, ‘The most important tool in your toolbox is your checkbook,’ and, when it comes to water in the basement, ‘Water always wins.’”
A Warren, Michigan native, Haege attended Northern Michigan University and then worked for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company and for ACO Hardware prior to launching his award-winning radio career. He is survived by his mother, Marion; sister, Sharon; brother, Robert; wife, Barbara; their children Eric and Heather; and six grandchildren.
A private memorial service is planned for family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.