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 -Mac
races. 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 contributions may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association. A graveside
service will be announced in the summer 2019. Please visit www.lifestory.com to
sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.