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Elwood Walter Glosenger
January 9, 2024
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Elwood Walter Glosenger, a beloved father and retired pilot, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. He was Ninety-one. Born to Laura and Walter Glosenger in Carbondale, PA, Elwood, known to most as: “Woody”, went on to serve in the Air Force from 1951-1955 in the 45th Bombardment Squadron, 40th Bombardment Wing (SAC). Staff Sergeant, Elwood Glosenger, was assigned Crew Chief to the 1000th B-47 when the 45th Bomb Squadron took delivery of aircraft no: 609 in 1954 from Boeing Wichita, Kansas. Woody flew this nuclear bomber to many destinations including Northern Africa and Lackenheath, England. He remained crew chief until time of his discharge from the service being awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. As an aircraft mechanic and crew chief, Woody went on to become a pilot and work at airlines such as Flying Tigers, Allegheny, and for most of his career at Eastern Airlines. His passion for flying increased as he owned and flew small planes such as Cherokee 6, Cessna 182 and Piper Turbo Lance. His long career as an airline pilot had him flying numerous aircraft types such as Constellation, Electra, DC-8, DC-9, B727, L-1011, and A300. His career peaked as a Captain on the popular Boeing 757. Woody went on to fly in the third seat as flight engineer for Continental and United Airlines after the usual retirement age for pilots. He was a flight engineer on DC-10s based out of Newark, Honolulu, and finally Guam upon his last flight for the airlines. He told anyone who asked him about retirement that he would “fly planes for free if they would let me”.
Elwood was married to Gail in 1953 and they raised four children. Cathy Risavy (William Risavy), Donna Boyle (Dr. Sean Boyle), Janet Hubert (Richard Hubert) and Scott Glosenger (Tara Glosenger). Elwood was Grandfather to 12 Grandchildren, known as “Pop-Pop”, to Gregory Boyle, Lynn Bancroft, Benjamin Boyle, William Risavy, Holly Risavy, Trevor Risavy, Jeanie Hubert, Erin Hubert, Jeffrey Glosenger, Noah Glosenger, Lindsay Glosenger, and Lily Glosenger. Elwood also had 4 Great Grandchildren: Anna Risavy, Seth Bancroft, Lily Bancroft, and Willa Glosenger. Elwood was part of a big family and is survived by his two sisters, Barbara and Vivian.
He was predeceased by siblings Henry, Lois, Grace, Merle, Helen, Marian, Eleanor, Evelyn and Donald.
Always a strong provider for his family, Elwood was known by anyone that knew him as a fixer and a helper. Elwood’s most obvious way of helping was enthusiastically moving people from place to place, near and far, in airplanes (airlines and private), buses (school bus and Delaware River Tubing), motorcycles and cars (bringing friends to doctor appointments and a very brief stint as an Uber driver).
We look forward to celebrating a full life lived. The family plans to have a private memorial event to celebrate Elwood and the positive influence he had on his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends and passengers.