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Dave McGlothlen

February 2, 1943 — January 11, 2010

David McGlothlen, 66, passed away at his home on January 11, 2010. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton. Online condolences for the family may be left at David Sayre McGlothlen was born February 2, 1943 in Jefferson, Iowa to Robert and Betty Sayre McGlothlen. He attended Ames Elementary and graduated from Ames High School in 1961. He became a fireman before he moved to Southern California where he was an officer with the Orange County Police Department and later worked as an air tanker pilot for the California Department of Forestry. He enjoyed working on cars and flying; eventually working for the Federal Aviation Administration in Anchorage, Alaska. David always considered himself very blessed, being able to do so many things and see so many places in the world; it was as if he was living every boy's dream. He loved biking, hunting, flying, being with his family and friends and even a periodic cigar with a glass of Jack. He moved back to Iowa to reconnect with family. David was a Mason belonging to the Masonic Lodge #249 in Ames. He was active in his local community organizing a fly in breakfast, working on the Lucas County Tourism Board, and currently serving on the Chariton School Board. He was witty, loyal, trustworthy, a great husband, father, son, and friend. Preceding David in death was his father Robert McGlothlen; step dad Henry 'Bob' Roelofsen; and grandmother Lottie Sayre. He will be missed by his wife of 24 years Hope Ann McGlothlen; his mother Betty Roelofsen; step sister Norma (Dave) Bappe; sister Nancy (Ron) Cherkas; daughter Megan Jean McGlothlen; son David (Lisa) McGlothlen; grandchildren A.J. and Grace McGlothlen; and many other friends and family.
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