James G. Glotfelty
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A memorial service will be Monday, Jan. 21, for James G. “Jim” Glotfelty, 92, a Tracy florist for 47 years who was active in community organizations.

He died Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Tracy Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Patterson on Oct. 29, 1920, Mr. Glotfelty served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, flying C47 cargo planes “over the hump” of the Himalayas in the China, Burma, Indian Theater. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak-leaf clusters and the Air Medal with five oak-leaf clusters.

In 1948, Mr. Glotfelty and his wife, Mildred, opened Glotfelty’s Tracy Flower Shop on West 10th Street. He and members of his family operated the business until 1995, when it was sold. The flower shop was closed in 2000.

In addition to operating the flower shop, Mr. Glotfelty flew crop duster planes from the 1940s until 1977.

He was a member of the board of the Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) for 15 years.

An active leader in the downtown business community for many years, Mr. Glotfelty served as chairman of the Tracy Downtown Improvement District.

He was president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce in 1955 and was named Tracy Citizen of the Year in 1984.

A longtime member of the Tracy Rotary Club, Mr. Glotfelty was club president in 1978-79 and was an aide to the district governor. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He also was a member of Mount Oso Masonic Lodge, the First United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Tracy Elks Lodge.

An avid skier, he chaperoned ski trips for Tracy students. He was a charter member of the Tracy Golf and Country Club and a member of the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital’s board of directors.

Survivors include two daughters, Caren E. Glotfelty of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Joanne E. Israel, and her husband, Burgess, of Valley Springs; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Glotfelty, who died in 1999.

The Monday memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave.

There will be no visitation, and private burial will be later in San Joaquin Valley Cemetery.

Contributions in Mr. Glotfelty’s name can be made to the Tracy Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellowship, P.O. Box 145, Tracy, CA 95378-0145.

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February 05, 2013
Jim was a good man. He kept his sense of humor even when faced with difficulty. He will be missed.
January 20, 2013
:( was very sad to hear about this. I was one of his caregivers and he left like a month or so ago, didn't know he wasnt coming back :(

He was such a sweetheart! One of my favorite residents! Glad I got to know him he was a wonderful man always put a smile on my face every morning :)
January 18, 2013
Caren and Jake,

I was so sorry to hear of the death of your father and grandfather. What an amazing life! I'm sorry I never got to meet him.

My thoughts are with you.


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