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Harold McGlothlin

November 22, 1927 - December 24, 2018
Traverse City, MI



Monday, August 12, 2019
12:00 PM EDT
Presbyterian Church of Travesre City


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Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Traverse City, MI 49686
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Traverse City, MI 49684
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Life Story / Obituary


Harold Lee McGlothlin, 91, of Traverse City went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 24th, 2018, after a long illness. Harold was born Nov.22, 1927 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Chester Lee and Vera (DeViney) McGlothlin

Chester moved the family to Saginaw where Harold grew up, graduating from Arthur Hills High School. Chester brought his family north in the summers to vacation at Perrin’s Landing on south Lake Leelanau; that led to them later moving to Traverse City permanently. After high school Harold joined the Navy and was on a boat to the Philippines when the war ended and he returned home.

While serving as best man he met Doris Pickleman, who would become his loving wife of 56 yrs. They were married August 27th, 1949 in Saginaw. Together they raised four children and operated McGlothlin Building Service, a residential and commercial construction business. Harold built many fine homes in the Traverse City area and later was a real estate agent as well.

Harold had many varied interests besides building. A lifelong sportsman, every fall found him at the Buzzard’s Roost, a hunting camp east of Kalkaska with a colorful band of brothers. He made many trips out west to hunt Antelope and Mule deer with friends. He was also an avid fisherman and loved sharing his cabin in Ontario Canada with family and friends. He was an early skier in the area, running Hickory Hills one yr. He also loved sailing, competing in many Chicago -Macraces. He helped found the Grand Traverse Yacht Club and raced Lightning sailboats for many years.

Later in life Harold and Doris enjoyed many winters camping in their camper in Florida and eventually moved to Sebastian Florida. Harold was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Traverse City and Sebastian. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Masonic Lodge in Traverse City.

Harold is survived by his children; Michael (Jean) of California, Jim (Melanie) of Traverse City, Barbara (Mark) of Colorado, and David (Gail) of Montana; grandchildren, Margot, Kelly, Lindsay, Sean, Eric, and Keith and great- grandchildren Parker, Rylee and Kennedy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, sister Esther DeYoung, and companion Evelyn Barrett.

Harold will always be remembered as a loving husband, devoted, fantastic father, loyal friend, and all around great guy!

Memorial Services will be held 12:00 pm, Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit www.lifestory.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.