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Glenn Maehl Obituary
Glenn William "Gus" Maehl Born in Delano October 30, 1922 - died at home March 6, 2010. His parents were Frederick and Clara and he was raised in San Francisco. He attended Sanchez Grammar, Everett Jr. High, where he was president of the student body, and Galileo where he was cheerleader. His education included San Francisco Jr. College, San Jose State and Stanford. In 1941 he received his Civilian Pilot License at San Francisco Airport, and in 1942 he joined the U.S. Naval Air Corp. He proceeded to St. Mary's Pre-Flight, Livermore NAS and continued training at Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1943 he graduated and received his Wings. He served as a flight instructor in Texas and was assigned to the USS Roosevelt in the Atlantic flying a Corsair off its deck hundreds of times. His true passion was found in the sky and he remained a Weekend Warrior after the war flying out of Alameda Naval Air. He was discharged in San Francisco and left the service with a rank of Lt. Commander. He had married Eleanor while in Texas and in 1945 Terry (Robert Bowen) was born followed by grandsons Brian and Christopher Stater (Stacy and Cindy) and great grandchildren Adam, Ellen, Nicholas, Joshua and Sarah. Gus's marriage ended in divorce and Gus moved to San Francisco. In 1946 he entered San Francisco broadcasting as an executive at Radio Station KYA. In 1949 He moved on to KFRC. While there he was producer director of the 49er football games from Kezar Stadium broadcast on Mutual Broadcasting. Before leaving KFRC Gus set a record for sales nationwide. In 1953 he married Mary Spanos, from Stockton and San Francisco. Their children Monica (James Blanton) and Marc (Emily Sgarzi) were both born at the old Stanford Hospital in San Francisco. They moved to Orinda and built a Richard Danskin home described as a rustic Roman-Greco lodge - an all natural redwood showplace. He acquired more grandchildren, Courtney (Ali Mohammadi) and Cassie (Paul Moeller) and great grandchild Eleni Joy, and dogs Sweetpea, Smoky and Rawley. Gus always said he felt so blessed to have such wonderful human beings as his sons-in-law and daughter-in-law. He entered the new medium - television - when San Francisco Oakland TV (Channel 2) went on the air from Jack London Square, Oakland. One of its first employees, he was General Sales Manager over both local and national sales. In later years he entered the real estate market in San Francisco with great success for 15 years working at both TRI and Coldwell Banker. In retirement, the Maehls moved to Rossmoor. The organizations he belonged to included the Advertising Golf Association (AGA) where he served as President, and was a past member of San Francisco's The Family as well as both Diablo and Orinda Country Clubs. A private celebration of his life will be held.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 12, 2010
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