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Emanuel Glyman

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Emanuel Glyman Obituary
icon Emanuel J. "Mel" Glyman, Colonel, USAF (RET), of Northbrook, IL and Carefree, AZ, passed away on Wednesday, July 9th. He was the beloved husband of the late Loretta; the son of the late James E. and Elsie Glyman; the loving father of the late James (Evangeline), the late Karen (William) Bendell, the late John (fiancé the late Bess), Rev. Richard (Carol), Rev. Paul (Heidi) Glyman; and stepfather to Diane (James) LoPresti and David DiVita; adoring grandfather of Emanuel J. Glyman III, Andrew Glyman, Joselyn Goodman, Jennifer Champion, Justin Bendell, Molly Bendell, Julie LeMahieu, and Jonathan Glyman; and step grandfather of Michelle and Michael DiVita; great-grandfather of Caroline and Henry LeMahieu and Elyse and Annabelle Champion. Mel was past owner of National Baking Company (N.B.C.) of Chicago, Illinois, a company his father founded in 1935. He was an Army Air Force Veteran of WWII and served as a Radio Operator-Gunner on a B-17 Bomber flying combat missions with the 8th Air Force over Europe. After the war, he entered the University of Illinois in 1946 and graduated with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF (Reserve) and later after flight training became a pilot. Following graduation, he joined his father at National Baking Company as a partner in the business and remained active until he sold his company in 1987. Mel was no newcomer to National, having worked there since he was eleven years old, riding the street cars to get to work. Mel loved flying - it was his passion! He flew and owned many types of aircraft, both single and multi-engine. After he retired in 1987 he later went into aircraft charter business owning and flying several Beeckcraft Twin Engine Turbo-prop powered aircraft. For pleasure flying he flew a Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 for local and cross country flying. For real pleasure flying he owned and really flew for fun in an Air Force (retired) aircraft called a T-34. Mel remained active in the Air Force reserve for 34 years of reserve and active duty. He retired as a decorated full Colonel in 1985. Mel was an active leader in both the food industry, the military, and in community functions. His membership, as an officer or member included; American Bakers Association, Executive Bakers Club of Chicago, the U.S.O., Air Force Association, Military Officers Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Civil Air Patrol, and the 8th Air Force Historical Society. Visitation Sunday, July 13th, 4 - 8 PM at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Rd. (3 blks. So. Of Roosevelt Rd.) Lombard. Funeral Monday, July 14th, 10 AM at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to Air Force Academy Fund are appreciated. Funeral Info: www.knollcrest.net or 630-932-1500.
Published in Chicago Tribune on July 11, 2014
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