Samuel D. McGlone

1940 ~ 2019

 Obit Photo Sam McGlone 1  Captain Samuel D. McGlone, age 79, went to heaven while holding the hands of his children Michael and Molly in Venice, Florida on April 28, 2019. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 15, 1940, the only child born of Elizabeth Peirick and Samuel Duff McGlone.

 Sam graduated from Loyola Academy and attended Xavier University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1967, completing Army flight training in Ft. Rucker, AL in June 1964. The  Army eventually placed Sam at Bien Hoa, VN as a UH-1 (slick) Huey pilot. While in Vietnam he engaged in multiple armed battles and conflicts. For service during the battle of Dong Xoai he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Sam put his life in danger to save others. In his own words, “It was the biggest and toughest battle in Vietnam at the time.” Sam was also awarded many Air Medals, the National Defense Medal, The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm and many more. After Vietnam Sam instructed fixed wing in the Army version of the Beechcraft Barron.


   Sam married Mary Ellen in 1967 and the next year moved to Minnesota where Sam began pilot employment with Northwest Airlines on October 07, 1968. They purchased their first house and settled in for a long ride in the Twin Cities. During his long career at NWA Sam flew the Boeing 727, 757, and McDonald Douglas DC-10; in addition, he instructed on three of these aircraft. He loved flying all kinds of airplanes and retired as a DC-10 Captain on April 15, 2000.

   This aviator lived in a wide and diverse world. His hobbies included running, having coffee with friends, traveling, visiting his mother in Pompano Beach, playing golf, basketball, roller blading, working out, taking walks, beach life, and eating ice cream. He loved his family and friends; spending his retirement years watching his grandchildren grow. It was obvious to all that he loved his six grandchildren and bragged about them constantly. His retirement was very active for he loved life.

   His last years were split between Minnesota and Venice, Florida where enjoyed hanging out with his friends of whom he called ‘his posse.’ He ended each day drinking wine and watching sun sets on the beach.

   Sam is survived by his three beloved children: Michael of Woodbury, MN (wife Brooke, children Lauren, Samuel, and Thomas. Molly Ellen McGlone Roetto of Denver (husband Lewis, children Owen, Noah, Gabriel. Michelle McGlone of Denver, CO and Mary Ellen McGlone of Bloomington MN, mother to his children.

  Obit Photo Sam McGlone1 The good soldier was interned at the military cemetery at Ft. Snelling on May 9, 2019. The internment included a fly over by Army Blackhawk helicopters. With a unique touch, the family had Sam’s well-worn flight bag interned with his remains. Obit Photo Sam McGlone flight bag

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(- McGlone Family and Bill Day)