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William D. McGlumphy 96, formerly of Libby

by The Western News
| October 6, 2011 12:24 PM

William D. McGlumphy, 96, of Helena

passed away peacefully at Aspen Gardens on Sept. 23, 2011, with his

wife of 67 years by his side.

He was born to Richard and Margaret

(Corrie) McGlumphy on Jan.18, 1915, in Sumatra, Mont.

William grew up in Sumatra and

graduated from Sumatra High School. He attended MSU Bozeman. He

served in the Montana Army National Guard in 1933.

He married Renate Poeschel on June 17,

1944, in Berkley, Calif.

During World War II, William built

submarines at Mare Island, Calif. He then became a bulk fuel oil

distributer in Libby. He retired to Helena, Mont., and Dragoon,


Among William’s favorite hobbies were

fishing, boating, RV’ing with his wife, walking his dog, Barney,

and watching his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He was

also a long-time member of Al-anon.

William is survived by his wife, Renate

McGlumphy; daughters, Martha (Joe) Arnold and Kate McGlumphy;

grandchildren, Daniel and Alex Tagliatela; and nephews, Bill

McCracken and Steve Vogt.

He was preceded in death by his

parents; sisters, Virginia (George) McCracken and Josephine

(George) Vogt; nieces, Margo Vogt and Joy McCracken; and

parents-in-law, Ewald and Elsa Poeschel; and brother-in-law, George


A burial service was held at 2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Forestvale Cemetery.

The family celebrated William’s life on

Saturday, Oct. 1 at Aspen Gardens, House No. 16.

Memorials in William’s name are

suggested to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455,

Helena, Mont., 59604.

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