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Wasil "Bill" Glushko

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Wasil "Bill" Glushko Obituary
Glushko, Wasil "Bill" BEAVERCREEK, Ohio Wasil "Bill" Glushko, longtime resident of Beavercreek, Ohio passed away on March 19, 2018, at midway through his 94th year. The son of Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants, Wasil was born on August 21, 1924, in Simpson, Pa. Growing up in Simpson, he often read the scriptures at St. Basil's Russian Orthodox Church, and at age 16, he was valedictorian and class president of the Fell High School, class of 1941. Wasil joined the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on the B24 Liberator in World War II. When the war ended, he obtained an electrical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, graduating in 1950. One week later, he married a spirited Carpatho-Rusyn stenographer from nearby Cohoes, Mary Hanchowsky, who also supported the war effort, working at the Watervliet Arsenal. They married in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Cohoes. A year later, twin boys arrived, the first two of six children. Wasil was recalled into the Air Force and duty called him to serve in Falls Church, Va.; Dayton, Ohio; Rome, N.Y. and El Segundo, Calif. He was integrally involved as a design engineer and program manager in the early space programs, including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Prime, the precursor to the Space Shuttle. He retired from the Air Force in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He continued serving his country as a civil servant in Rome, N.Y.; Dayton, Ohio; and finally in Washington, D.C. He returned to Ohio after retiring from civil service. He enjoyed volunteering for several years at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center pharmacy. Wasil attended St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio. He was a lifetime member of the VFW post 8312. He enjoyed going for scenic drives, traveling the world, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, reading non-fiction (especially military history and biography), going to the gym and most of all talking proudly about his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Wasil never missed a party - he loved festive gatherings with good food, good drink, and lively music. On these occasions, he would often say with a smile on his face, "It doesn't get any better than this." Wasil was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and brothers, Joseph, John and Stephen. He is survived by his sisters, Marie Derkasch and Ann (David) Butler; his loving and devoted children, William (Patricia), Walter, Robert (Pamela), Thomas, Patricia (John) and Gail; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 19, in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Cohoes at 12 p.m. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, May 18, from 5 - 6 p.m. in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church followed by a Parastas at 6 p.m. If you wish to honor his memory, please make donations to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Class of 1950) in Troy. www.giving.rpi.edu Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes. fitzgeraldfuneralhomeltd.com
Published in Albany Times Union from May 13 to May 17, 2018
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