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Guy Glinski dies at 100

December 18, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

Born to Fred and Betsy Glinski Aug. 30, 1913, in Amhearst, Wis., Guy Glinski's family moved to Mattoon, Wis., 6 months later to homestead 80 acres of land where growing up Guy learned to farm and was blowing up stumps with dynamite at 8 years old.

He left home at 15, jumping trains, hoboing across the country to find work. He found a steady job at Nash Motors until late fall 1929 when the Depression hit.

He tried his hand at baseball, where he played with a league in Arkansas and had a batting average of .500. After a severe injury, he left the league and tried his hand at flying airplanes. He landed his first plane with a flat tire and decided to try something else.

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Guy Glinski

He was a lumberjack through the Depression for 9 years. Then did carpentry work for the next 35 years.

He was too young for World War I and by World War II he was in his 30s raising three children alone.

He moved to Bokeelia when gas was just 12 cents a gallon (maybe 1967).

He skydived at 90 years old and gained worldwide fame on the Jack and Allie Show. He gained notoriety from Russia to New York and even had an interview from Columbia.

He enjoyed his harmonica and played at two different churches here on Pine Island and Sunday night with the KOA Band and the Fort Myers Harmonica Band Thursdays for 12 years.

He could be found playing at restaurants on the island or for anyone who would ask.

Mr. Glinski was preceded in death by all three wives, Dorothy, Flossy and Hazel Glinski; all of his siblings, Earl, Evelyn, Kenneth and Gladys; and daughter, Betty Ann Biersdorfer.

He is survived by his sons, Eugene, Learty and Jim; and special friend, Peggy and Michael Fontaine.

 
 

 

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