Alvin A. Gloor

Alvin A. Gloor

March 9, 1926 – September 9, 2020

 

Alvin “Al” Gloor, devoted husband and loving father of four children, entered heaven at the age of 94 on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Alvin was born on March 9, 1926 to Walter and Alvina (Ehlers) Gloor in Spaulding, NE.  After graduation from Albion, NE high school, he served the United States in World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps.  Following 1949 graduation from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, he married the love of his life, Eunice C. Williams, on August 7 and moved to Chappell, NE where Al taught science and mathematics and was high school principal for eleven years.  Upon completing his Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan in 1960, Al and Eunice relocated to Omaha, NE where he taught and was mathematics department chair at Westside High School, retiring in 1991.  His distinguished career included the 1984 National Science Teachers Association and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Presidential Award for excellence in Science and Mathematics teaching, and the 1990 Distinguished Service Award from the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

As a retiree, Al continued his passion for learning, and became a Douglas County Extension volunteer master gardener, a member of Kiwanis, a wood carver, and was able to enjoy many Elderhostel adventures with Eunice.  He was a long time member of Rockbrook United Methodist Church where he taught Adult Sunday School and enjoyed the Sparetimers group.

Alvin is preceded in death by father, Walter Gloor; mother, Alvina Ehlers Gloor; brothers: Walter, Jim, and Jack Gloor; sister, Marilyn Jacobsen; and daughter, Kay Gloor Wegrzyn.

He is survived by his bride of 71 years, Eunice Williams Gloor; daughters, Kathy (Rick) Vranicar and Carol (Jeff) Peters; son, David (Mary) Gloor; son-in-law, David Wegrzyn; grandchildren: Anne (Mike) Utech, Mike Gloor, Katie (Quinn) Willet, Steve Gloor, Jason (Molly) Peters, Heidi Peters, Erica (Bhargava) Mullapudi, Scott (Rebecca) Vranicar, Erin (Dane) Berger, Brian Vranicar, Lynn (Brian) Foster, and Lara Wegrzyn; great-grandchildren: Aly, Jake, Camy, and Ethan Utech; Priya, Meera, Arya, and Arun Mullapudi; Micah and Audra Vranicar; Hannah Berger, and Micah Foster; sister, JoAnn Knapp; also many nieces and nephews.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Service will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be sent to the family, or Rockbrook United Methodist Church, 9855 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124 or Westside Foundation, 909 S 76th St, Omaha, NE 68114.

 

13 Comments

  • Maurie Deines Posted September 9, 2020 7:38 pm

    I was a first year teacher in the fall of 1963. Westside Community Scnools was gracious enough to give me a contract. Thus, Al Gloor was my math department head at Westside High School. Of course, as a first year teacher I “knew everything”!! What I remember about Al is that he was a quiet leader that allowed everyone to voice their opinions, but then I am confident that he knew where to place his teachers to best benefit the students. I will always be grateful for my teaching start at Westside Schools and admire them yet today!! My best to Al Gloor’s family and to those who are aware of his dedication to the students and parents in the Westside Community.

  • Kathleen Cue Posted September 10, 2020 8:54 am

    To Eunice and family:
    Al was a wonderful Master Gardener. His approach, to the horticulture questions and the anxiety people sometimes brought with their questions, was a quiet kindness that imparted strength and validity to the gardening information he provided. We at Nebraska Extension are deeply grateful for the skills Al brought as a Master Gardener and appreciate his volunteer efforts. Thank you for lending him to us.

  • David Moore Posted September 10, 2020 8:59 am

    Please accept my condolences and prayers at this time. Al was a quiet leader at Westside and a man of great integrity. I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Gloor many times during the time I was at Westbrook Junior High as she was a highly favorite substitute teacher.

  • Mary Anna Anderson Posted September 10, 2020 9:04 am

    Al volunteered for me for many years as a Mater Gardener on the horticure helpline at the Douglas/Sarpy Co. Extension. His knowldege and calm demeanor were an asset to to peoplen with yard and garden problems, and to Extension staff. He was sorely missed when he retired from the program. He has not been forgotten

  • Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ Posted September 10, 2020 1:06 pm

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of a wonderful educator. I did not have the privilege of having Mr. Gloor as a teacher during my Westside years (1971-74), but I nonetheless remember him as unfailingly kind and welcoming to us students. I will remember him in my prayers and ask God to comfort all who miss him. -Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ

  • Bob Green and wife Amy Posted September 10, 2020 5:36 pm

    Al was Bob’s mentor for the Master Gardener program. Always looking out at each class for the chance to talk with him. He had a great admiration for him and it really added up to a great friend. Thanks for letting us borrow his expertise.

  • Janet Staszko Posted September 10, 2020 5:50 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family. I remember him as a quiet man and he had such grace I’m sorry I lost contact with the family.

  • Clare Sansburn Posted September 10, 2020 10:14 pm

    What a wonderful teacher — so kind, patient, and smart. I am very thankful to have known him and learned from him.

  • Chantry Family Posted September 11, 2020 1:41 pm

    The world is a better place because of Al Gloor. We will never forget the great friendship that Al & Eunice offered to Bob and Lottie over the years. And many of us are smarter and better at math too! With Love, from the Chantrys…Lottie, Rhonda, Caroline, Barb, Ruth plus granddaughter Melissa Nihsen…also a math student of Al Gloor.

  • Joe Luby Posted September 12, 2020 12:58 pm

    Mr. Gloor was great in front of a classroom, and he loved being there. Rest in peace Mr. Gloor, and many thanks from all of the Luby children.

  • Ed Staszko Posted September 14, 2020 9:04 am

    Mr. Gloor was the most inspirational math teacher I’ve ever had. Before his class, I had thought of math as a series of problems and answers. After his class, I thought of math as an inspirational way of thinking about the world around us. A truly life-changing individual. I am glad to have known him.

  • Shelly Hoke-Westenburg Posted September 14, 2020 1:16 pm

    Ohhhh, Mr. Gloor
    We’re here in the Math IMC right now here at Westside. We’re thinking about you and we love you. Rest in Peace.
    Class of 1983 Westside Warriors

  • Emily E Burke Posted September 15, 2020 9:30 am

    Mr. Gloor was truly inspirational to me, and opened up a whole new way of thinking. Thirty-two years later I still feel privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from him. He was simply the best.

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