Paul R. "Dick" Glunz(1929 - 2013)

Glunz, Paul R. "Dick" Dr. Paul R. "Dick" Glunz, a wise country doctor devoted to his family, knowledge, music, and helping others, died Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee after a period of failing health. He was 84. Paul retired in Franklin, Wisconsin with his beloved wife Chihaya Nelson Glunz and his dog Zoey. He is dearly missed by his wife, children and many friends with whom he stayed in touch throughout his life in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. He was born on July 17, 1929 at St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, where he returned as a medical student from 1954 to 1957 working in the laboratory, and as a pathology resident from 1959 to 1961. He was born to Anne Middlen Glunz (d. June 9, 1990) and Carl Frederick Glunz (d. July 9, 1955). He was named Paul Richard Glunz. As the story goes, his grandmother gave his parents $50 to name him Paul. But they called him by the nickname of his middle name (Dick). Those who knew him in his childhood and early adulthood will remember him as Dick. Thereafter, it was Paul. To his children, he was simply dad. They are Mary Patrice Mesler and her husband David, of Denver, CO, Judy Diaz and her husband Kevin, of Alexandria, VA, U.S. Army Col. Matt Glunz and his wife Claudale, stationed in Virginia, and Jane Glunz, of Appleton, WI. His loving step-children are Scott Nelson and his wife Kerry, Steve Nelson (in heaven before him) and his wife Dawn. He also is survived by his brother Karl Dean Glunz and his wife Diana of Wisconsin and sisters Barbara Claire Phophal of Ohio and Karen Beth Glunz of Texas. He attended grade school at St. Roberts in Milwaukee. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 after graduating from Messmer High School. He spent almost three years in the Navy as an enlisted man and medic. In 1948, at the suggestion of a military physician, Paul applied to the Laboratory Medicine School at Bethesda, MD. At age 18, he found himself on a train to Union Station in Washington, D.C., where he walked out the doors and saw the U.S. Capitol for the first time. Thus began a lifelong love of the nation's capital. His pre-med and medical school education was at Marquette University from 1950 to 1954. He did his internship at St. Mary's in Duluth, MN, and then went to St. Mary's in his hometown of Milwaukee to complete a pathology residency. He was Chief of Liver Pathology at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Institute in Bethesda, MD, from 1962 to 1965. He then became a founding partner in Consultants Physicians in Pathology based in Beaver Dam, WI, until he retired in 1991. Since then, he spent time with his wife and growing family, continued to hone his skills on the piano and engaged in numerous church and volunteer activities, including Volunteers for Hospice and serving as Interim Director of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Besides his wife and children, he was devoted to his 12 grandchildren Caleb Glunz, Jacob Glunz, Joshua Glunz, Chelsea Jasin, Ethan Mesler, Jolee Mesler, Andrew Nelson, Ashley Nelson, Christina Nelson, Lauren Nelson (in heaven before him), Tomi Nelson, and Soren Nelson. He also had one great-grandchild, Riley Molbeck. A musician, prankster, friend to all and lover of dogs, Paul had many pets over the years, but he was especially fond of Mack, a Boston Terrier, and Zoey, part Bichon and poodle. Paul made friends for life, including childhood friends Norm Domach, Tom Walters, Bob Adams and John Bidney. And many, many new friends through the years. One special friend who was with him at his death is Richard Novell. A gathering and memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, November 16, at St. Alphonsus, an important and much-loved community to Paul. Address is: 6060 W. Loomis Rd., Greendale, WI. Memorial Mass at 10:30 AM. We'll miss you Paul, Dick, Doc, Friend, Husband, Grandpa, Dad.

Funeral Home

Max A Sass & Sons Mission Hills Chapel
8910 West Drexel Avenue Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 427-0707

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 15, 2013