Almer T. Gliddon

By on October 6, 2009

Almer T. Gliddon, 92, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Elburn, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 03, 2009, at Tiller’s Heath Care Center, Oswego, Ill.

He was born Aug. 5, 1917, the son of Albert and Bertha (Leitner) Gliddon in Hampshire, Ill.

Almer’s dad drove a truck for Standard Oil while Almer attended and graduated from local schools in 1935. At the same time, Almer worked at the local pharmacy owned and operated by George Wilcox. As luck would have it, George had a daughter, Margaret, and before long she caught Almer’s attention as well as his heart.

The high school sweethearts took their love to the altar as they walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Almer Gliddon on Nov. 27, 1941. They made their home in Hampshire, but one year later, Almer answered his country’s call and enlisted in the United States Navy.

He served his country during WWII as a Pharmacist Mate, eventually traveling to Okinawa, Japan, as part of a Fleet Hospital. The war ended shortly after his arrival, and Almer returned to his bride and civilian life in late 1945.

They made their home in Hampshire for a time before moving to Elburn, where he and Margaret purchased the Hoffman Drug Store in Elburn in 1946. The legacy of Gliddon’s Drug Store continued after Margaret’s passing in February of 1982, when Almer sold the store to his daughter, Mary E. and her husband, Ken Gustafson.

He remained active as a pharmacist until April 1, 1988, and even then continued to work as a clerk until his 75th birthday. Almer found love once again and married Ann (Wilkison) Goetz on Jan. 15, 1994. Despite the frigid temperature of negative 26 degrees, Almer and Ann made warm memories that day and for more than 15 years afterward.

Almer was no stranger to serving his community, not only through his drug store, but through many service and veteran organizations as well, receiving prestigious awards and honors throughout the years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Batavia Post 1197, Navy League of the United States, Voiture Local No. 592, 40 and 8 in Kane and Kendall counties, as well as lifetime member and Past Commander for both the Elburn American Legion, Post 630 and the Kane County Council of the American Legion.

Almer was a member of the Illinois Pharmaceutical Association, National Association of Retail Druggists and the American Pharmaceutical Association. He was a longtime member, present corresponding secretary and former president of the Chicago Veteran Druggists Association, honorary member of the Milwaukee Veteran Pharmacists Association and member of the Navy League.

Almer served his local community through the Elburn Business Council and on the Board of the Village of Elburn, and was a Republican precinct committeeman of Blackberry Township. He was a lifetime member of both the Masonic Lodge of Genoa (formerly Hampshire) and Elburn Lions Club, where he was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

Almer also a former member of the Board of Governors, the Men’s Foundation of Community Hospital and later a charter member of the Delnor-Community Healthcare Foundation Pillar Society.

Almer served as secretary of the treasury for the Elburn Unit of the Salvation Army, was past president of the Benevolent Order of Youthful Seniors of the Tri-Cities, and last but not least, was a member of the “Die Hard” Cubs Fan Club.

Almer was a giving soul and would never hesitate to lend a hand to anyone, including the children who walked into his drug store without enough money to buy candy. They may have come in empty handed, but they always left with a pocketful and a smile. He also fed the sweet tooth of both the young and the old while holding court behind the soda fountain, serving up root beer floats and vanilla Cokes for many years. Many of those children also came back looking for their first job, and Almer was only too happy to bring another young person into the “family fold.”

Anyone who passed through the door was met with a warm greeting and a smile that always left you with a feeling that you were part of his family. When he wasn’t working or serving his community, Almer was serving up winning hands in poker with friends, rooting for the Green Bay Packers and traveling to Arizona in the spring to bleed “Cubbie Blue” and cheer on the Cubs during spring training. Almer’s love of family, community and country all combined to make unique memories that will last for generations.

He now leaves his loving wife, Ann Gliddon of Sugar Grove; three children, Mary (Ken) Gustafson of Elburn, Steve Gliddon of Elburn, and Ethel (Bill) Cole of Manteno, Ill.; five grandchildren, Eric Gustafson of Wheaton, Ill., Jon Gustafson of Elburn, Jacklyn (Bruce) Campbell and their children, Logan and Timothy, of Yorkville, Ill., Diana (Howard) Bentley and their children Erica and Elizabeth of Concord, N.C., and Tom Cole of Salisbury, N.C.; sister-in-law, Mavis Bell of DeKalb, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, and a countryside of friends.

He now joins his parents; his first wife, Margaret; and two brothers, Percy and Leroy Gliddon, who preceded him in death.

Visitation was Oct. 7, at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Elburn, folled by a funeral service to celebrate his life. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Dire, pastor of the church, officiated, and private graveside service will be held at a later date following cremation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Almer Gliddon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.