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Wilmer Glenny

Obituary
  • "Good-bye Uncle Bill. We will miss you."
    - Steve McCoy

WILMER C. GLENNY, D.O. BELLAIRE, MI - Dr. Wilmer C. Glenny, 90, of Bellaire, MI, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2014, at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility. Bill or "Doc", as known to most, was born on December 21, 1923, in Rockford, IL, the son of Percy and Mamie (Bertchie) Glenny. After graduating from West High School in Rockford, in 1942, he began his college education at Beloit College in Beloit, WI. After one year, he left college to serve our country in World War II as a medic in the 44th Infantry Division, 119th Medical Battalion. Before leaving for the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Clara Lou Stiles. They were married for 62 years at the time of her death in 2006. After serving in France, Austria and Germany, Bill returned and resumed his education. He received his degree and then taught math and science at Winslow High School for two years. His experiences during the war gave him the desire to become a physician. After graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1954, and upon completing an internship in Traverse City, MI, he started his medical practice in Bellaire. He loved being a doctor and serving the community at his Bellaire Clinic and later as a part of Burns Clinic until he retired in 1988. Even in retirement, he continued to see patients in the summer for the next 10 years. He was an FAA Flight Examiner for more than 25 years and was honored to be an Assistant Clinical Professor for Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Bill had a love of music. He started singing in high school and continued being a member of various choirs throughout his life. He also played the tuba and string bass with local bands in Charlevoix and East Jordan well into his 80's. Bill was a member of "Windjammers", an international organization of musicians who gathered twice a year to perform, record and preserve traditional circus music. While in Sarasota, FL, he played with the Shriners Band. Many of Bill's days were spent boating, being on or near the water and sailboat racing on "Peregrine" with his crew and son, Jeff. He and Clara Lou traveled extensively over the years for both business and pleasure. They were able to see all the contiguous 48 states and much of Canada in their motorhome. Bill also enjoyed gardening and woodworking. A fishing pole was always within reach and he even caught three fish from his wheelchair at the Meadow Brook pond only eight days before his death. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #247, Bellaire Lions Club, Bellaire Masonic Lodge, Shriners International, Bellaire Community United Methodist Church and the Michigan Osteopathic Association. Survivors include his children, Karen (Bob) Joslyn of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Barbara (Tom) Naumes of Bellaire, Mary Beth (Mark) Arwady of Algonac, MI, and Jeffrey (Katie) Glenny of Charlevoix, MI; grandchildren, Wendy (Derek) Pilling of Cherry Hills Village, CO, Bryan Naumes of Bellaire, Rob (Natasha) Joslyn of Centennial, CO, Scott (Darcy) Naumes of Bellaire, Bethany (Jason) Smith of Traverse City, and Grace and Charlie Glenny of Charlevoix; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Anna and Reid Pilling, Emilia Joslyn, and Dylan and Clara Smith; and sisters-in-law, Marguerite Glenny of Rockford, IL, and May Stiles of Albuquerque, NM; along with many beloved nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind the many new friends he made at Meadow Brook who took such loving and wonderful care of him over the past year. He will be missed as well by his little dog, BB. Dr. Glenny was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife, Clara Lou, and his brother, Bob Glenny. Please join us in celebrating Bill's life. A memorial service will be held at the Bellaire Community United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18th. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, 1800 East Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI, 48912 or the Antrim County Commission on Aging, Box 614, Bellaire, MI 49615-0614.
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 28 to June 29, 2014
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